7 Forgotten Girl Groups
The music world is really fickle. Singers, boy bands and girl bands all come and go faster than the blink of an eye. Long-term success seems pretty near impossible, unless you’re Beyonce, Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera. We’re feeling a bit nostalgic. Many of the girl groups that we grew up with aren’t around anymore and we have no idea what happened to most of them. We decided to track 7 of them down and see what happened to them. Many of them were quite successful during their heyday, which is funny since many of us can’t remember their names or the names of their songs.
7. En Vogue
In the ‘90s, En Vogue burst onto the music scene with their hits “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Free Your Mind.” The group’s original lineup included Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Although their first album Born to Sing was successful, they achieved mainstream recognition with their second album Funky Divas. Even though the group was both critically and commercially successful, poor management and legal problems plagued them. In 1997, Robinson attempted to split from the group and then Jones followed suit in 2001. The original group has gotten back together and then broken up multiple times since. Ellis and Herron have retained the right to the name En Vogue and they, along with Rhona Bennett, continue to perform under that name.
Robinson and Jones have both continued to work in the music industry. Robinson joined the cast of “R&B Divas: Los Angeles” for the first season while Jones is planning to release her first solo album, Do You See Me Now.
Dream was active from 1998 until 2003. The group consisted of Holly Blake-Arnstein, Melissa Schuman, Diana Ortiz and Ashley Poole. P. Diddy signed them to his label, Bad Boy Records. Their first single from their debut album It Was All a Dream was released in 2001 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 on the UK Singles Chart and the video for the single peaked at #2 on MTV’s “TRL.” Their second single “This Is Me” was also successful and the video for the song reached #1 on “TRL.” In 2001, the group participated in the 2001 TRL tour and opened for Destiny’s Child, Eve and Nelly. In 2003, when they were preparing to release their second album, they debuted a sexier image, which didn’t go over well with fans. Their new single “Krazy” wasn’t especially successful either and they were subsequently dropped from Bad Boy Records and the group disbanded.
In 2008, Schuman announced that she and Poole were starting a new band under the name Lady Phoenix and that Ortiz would be joining them; however, as of 2012, the group had disbanded.