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Faye Tozer and Lee Latchford-Evans have opened up on the moment they found out Sia had written a song for them.
Steps have released their brand new single What The Future Holds, which was penned by the Chandelier hitmaker and her longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin, who has also worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Rita Ora.
Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Faye, 44, and 45 year old Lee have now exclusively told OK! online about their new album — also titled What The Future Holds — and how they've been keeping their new music a secret from fans for two years.
Faye said: "We're very proud to have Sia on board. The song was originally written for her and then she decided that it wasn't for her and submitted it to us.
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"We found out a couple of years ago that she was a fan of Steps and the whole genre of pop as she was growing up so it was such a wonderful compliment for her to submit a song for us. When we heard it, it was just such a great song."
Lee continued: "We didn't know it was her. We were played the song first and the song just sells itself. We loved the song and just knew it had Steps all over it and that we could do a lot with it, then when we found out it was Sia's it was just the icing on the cake.
"Every time you do new music it's a little bit daunting because you're concerned of what reaction you're going to get, and you want to do something true to you and have all the fans love it and enjoy it and get new fans as well on the journey.
"But it's our baby at the end of the day, you always worry if it's going to do well or not and if it's going to be embraced or not so we just do our best and try to be positive and go for it."
Faye added: "I think in some ways it probably feels like the pressure is off a little bit because we aren't reaching.
"We were really lucky that we did really well with the last album and there was that pressure but we never expect anybody to come on board.
"We're always humbled by the reaction that we get and we never expect it. Once we started putting the teasers out [for the new album], the reaction that we got, I mean it just blew us away, it was such a big buzz.
"We started recording this album in the summer of 2018 because we were supposed to release it in March and it's purely because of lockdown that we had to hold our horses and pull all of our plans and wait until it was the right time.
"It was really frustrating for us and really frustrating to see the social media posts like, 'Come on Steps, I thought you were going to do something,' and we couldn't say anything and it's been so tough."
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"It's been almost a year since we were all last together and that was when we filmed the video for What The Future Holds, so we've been sitting on this for quite a while and wanting to get it out there and now's the time," Lee added.
Steps' new single What The Future Holds is out now. The album of the same name is available 27 November.
Steps hit the road on their What The Future Holds tour in November 2021, tickets on sale 18 September.
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