“We know we can’t give up on this, as we want to spread the message of strength and resilience; no matter what obstacles come our way.“
Back in September 2014, the music world was rocked and came to an immediate standstill, when the media announced that Simone Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood residence, due to the unfortunate circumstance of suicide.
Simone made up one fifth of the hugely popular, energetic and fresh new girl-group, G.R.L, and were the definition of chart domination.
Formed by Robin Antin, creator of the famous Pussycat Dolls, G.R.L came roaring into the music limelight in June 2013, with the release of their debut single Vacation. As soon as the public heard of this new addition to the pop charts, the group’s only destination was up, and nothing was going to hold them back.
On 25th February 2014, the quintet, which consisted of Emmalyn Estrada, Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton, Paula Van Oppen and Simone Battle, teamed up with the internationally popular rapper, Pitbull, on his single Wild Wild Love. The song became an internet sensation and dominated the charts, as well as becoming a floor filler when played at clubs and festivals globally.
As the five beautiful ladies went from one success to another, the world came to love G.R.L; not only for their raw, unquestionable singing talents, but for their warm, unique and fun personalities.
However, as the months went by, not even the girls could anticipate the fame and success they were about to receive following the release of their upcoming single titled, Ugly Heart. Unlike many other chart hits, it did not take us several replays to warm to this top tune. Everyone became immediately addicted to the clever melody, up-beat tempo, and energetic beat; not to mention the slick-ass lyrics delivered throughout.
Ugly Heart went to No:7 on the U.S Billboard Charts, and hit even higher at No:2 in the U.K, Ireland, Scotland and Australia. The dance-floor classic went four-times Platinum in Australia, but upon going Gold Certified in the United Kingdom, it became clear that this band were going to be one of the biggest girl-groups of recent times.
As each country around the globe were introduced to the group via radio broadcasts, live TV appearances and promotional tours, G.R.L moved up to the top of every girl and boys playlist.
However, on 5th September 2014, the tragic death of Simone Battle shook the group. Only three months after the release of their most successful single to date, they had now lost their band-mate and true friend. The four remaining members halted all public appearances to allow themselves and their fans to grieve, and on January 15th 2015, the girls produced a song in memory of their fallen comrade, entitled Lighthouse. The song and accompanying music video aimed to highlight the importance of looking after your mental health, and most of all, talking to others about your worries and fears. Fans and critics agreed on the power and message of the song; collectively voicing their verdict that this creative effort was a touching, memorable and respectful representation of Simone’s life.
Sadly, amid rumours of a brief hiatus, the group’s label and creator announced that the group were disbanding, whilst thanking the fans for their support and wishing the ladies every success in their future endeavours. Following the statement, fans took to social media, mourning the loss of G.R.L and their music, whilst praying that at some point they would reform.
WELL, I’M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER!!!!
It has just been revealed by the band’s new rep Matt Wynter, that G.R.L will be returning with a smaller lineup. Original G.R.L members Natasha Slayton and Lauren Bennett are returning, and together they are happy to announce the addition of a third member to G.R.L…Jazzy Mejia.
Social media, as well as music blogs and forums have been buzzing with anticipation and elation, since this amazing news was released. Lauren and Natasha released a joint statement saying, “We are so excited to introduce our amazing fans to our newest G.R.L sister, Jazzy Mejia. Besides her raw talent, she is kindhearted and willing to put in the work necessary to make G.R.L greater than ever.”
The first time we will be able to see the girls perform as a G.R.L trio will be at the Nickelodeon Slimefest in Australia. The annual music festival will take place on 25th September 2016 in Melbourne and again on 30th September 2016 in Sydney.
So G.R.L fans, get ready for the return you have been waiting for. If you are in Australia, then you are one of the lucky people. Dust of your glow-sticks and festival gear, and get down to the Slimefest this year. For those individuals like myself who don’t reside in Oz, we will just have to sit back and watch the whole performance live online. The one consolation we do have is that the band is truly back for good, new singles are on the horizon and who knows…maybe even the possibility of a worldwide tour.
Are you excited?…The Entertainment Fairy sure is.