S.E.X. Appeal (pronounced "sex appeal") is a German Eurodance group, which consists of E-Rotic's former original lead singer Lyane Leigh.
1996–1997: Formation from E-Rotic to S.E.X. Appeal
Lyane Leigh and American-born Raz-Ma-Taz (Richard Allen Smith) were original members of the group E-Rotic, which started in 1994 and recorded throughout the rest of the 1990s. By June 1996, Leigh and Raz-Ma-Taz left due to a disagreement between Leigh and producer David Brandes, leaving E-Rotic composed of Jeanette Christensen and Terence d'Arby (not to be confused with Terence Trent D'Arby). Lyane Leigh continued to provide vocal work for several albums until 1999 due to her contract.
After leaving E-Rotic, Leigh and Raz-Ma-Taz formed their own group, S.E.X. Appeal. Their first single was "Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi" presented in the Disco Club "Fun" in München, Germany in 1996. The single was a hit, popular around Europe. It was song #18 in the Austrian charts for 10 weeks.
1997–1999: Second line-up and single releases
In 1997, Richard Allen Smith (Raz-Ma-Taz) left S.E.X. Appeal to join the group Magic Affair. Months later singer-entertainer Gino Gillian joined the group as Leigh's partner and they released S.E.X. Appeal's second single, "Life Goes Up, Life Goes Down", produced by Lyane Leigh and her brother, Thijs. In February 1998 their third single, "Dirty Talk", was released by German label Jupiter Records. Six months later the fourth single was released, "Sex is a Thrill with the Pill".
With her brother Thijs, Lyane Leigh established the 3H Music Production company that specialized in music production (mainly pop and dance music), remixing and artists management. The first single under sister-brother management, "Hanky Spanky", was released by the 3H Music Production label in July 1999 followed by "Manga Maniac", both songs reminiscent of the E-Rotic innuendo sound.
1999-2004: Third line-up and Peeping Tom
After releasing "Manga Maniac", Gillian left the group and Leigh continued with S.E.X. Appeal as a single vocalist project with the release of S.E.X. Appeal's first album Peeping Tom.
The next S.E.X. Appeal singles were "Do You Love Me" (2004), "Fragile Love" (2006), "Let Me Feel Your Sexappeal" (2007), "Sensuality" (2007), "Voodoo Queen" (2008) (from Sensuality - The Remix Album) and "Love 2 Love" (2009) from their second studio album Sensuality, released in October 2007, which presented a more hands-up sound instead of the Eurodance sound heard on the previous album and singles.
2009-2011: Reflections and Peeping Tom Reloaded
In 2010, S.E.X. Appeal released two singles: "Sex on the Phone", a cover version of the E-Rotic song, where Leigh was the band's original singer, and "Gimme (Safer Sex)", a collaboration with former Mr. President rapper LayZee. Two albums were also released, the mini-album Reflections and Peeping Tom Reloaded.
- 1999: Peeping Tom
- 2007: Sensuality
- 2013: Russian Roulette
- 2008: Sensuality - The Remix Album
- 2010: Peeping Tom Reloaded
- 2010: Reflections
- 1996: "Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi" (featuring Raz-Ma-Taz)
- 1997: "Life Goes Up, Life Goes Down" (featuring Gino Gillian)
- 1998: "Dirty Talk" (featuring Gino Gillian)
- 1998: "Sex is a Thrill with the Pill"
- 1999: "Hanky Spanky"
- 1999: "Manga Maniac"
- 2004: "Do You Love Me"
- 2006: "Fragile Love"
- 2007: "Let Me Feel Your Sexappeal"
- 2007: "Sensuality"
- 2008: "Voodoo Queen"
- 2009: "Love 2 Love"
- 2010: "Sex On The Phone"
- 2010: "Gimme (Safer Sex)" (featuring LayZee)
- 2011: "Poison Called Love"
- 2012: "Wild Beast"