Kéllé Bryan

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Kéllé Bryan-Gudgeon
Birth name Kéllé Bryan
Born (1975-03-12) 12 March 1975 (age 39)
Genres R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, television personality
Years active 1993–present

Kéllé Bryan-Gudgeon (born 12 March 1975, Lewisham, London, England) is a British singer, actress and television personality, best known as a member of girl group Eternal.

Kéllé married Jay Gudgeon on 17 September 2010 and has a son and a daughter. She is now known by her married name Kéllé Bryan-Gudgeon.

Biography[edit]

Aged 11, Bryan joined the Italia Conti Academy stage school, where she completed eight years of performing arts and qualified as a dance teacher. On her first day at Italia Conti, Kelle met Louise Nurding – the pair spent almost everyday together for ten years, and remain friends today. While out clubbing aged sixteen one night, the pair met record producer Denis Ingoldsby, who was forming a girl group[1]

Before finding success with Eternal, Bryan worked as an actor. She has appeared in ITV's The Bill, and on 31 March 1992 she appeared as Debbie in BBC's EastEnders—a college friend of Lloyd Tavernier (Garey Bridges).

In 1993, Bryan and Nurding, together with sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett formed the 1990s award-winning, multi-million selling, chart-topping British R&B girl group Eternal. Eternal sold millions of albums and had many international hits, including 16 consecutive top 15 UK chart singles such as "Stay", "Just a Step from Heaven", "Oh Baby I", "Power of a Woman", "I Am Blessed", "Someday", "Don't You Love Me", "I Wanna Be the Only One" and "Angel of Mine".

After Nurding left Eternal in 1995 to pursue a solo career, the three members continued to enjoy success as a three piece until 1997 when, after the release of their Greatest Hits album, the Bennett sisters sacked Bryan via a fax from their solicitor. Following her departure from Eternal, Bryan signed a £1.2 million deal with Mercury Records and began work on her debut solo album, Breakfast in Bed.

Bryan's first release from the album was the gospel track "Higher Than Heaven", which charted at number fourteen in the UK and was a top three hit on the R&B chart. A year later, this was followed by a second single, an acoustic, mid-tempo track called "I Wanna Know". There was little promotion or airplay for the single and the release was scrapped. Following Bryan's diagnosis with Systemic lupus erythematosus (known as SLE or Lupus), she felt she was unable to complete the promotional obligations connected to the release of the album and decided to leave the label.

Bryan was diagnosed with auto-immune disease Lupus in 1999.[2] She has since become a patron of St Thomas' Lupus Trust.[3]

For a period Bryan hosted the music programme The N List for Nickelodeon with Dave Berry, but in the main concentrated on recovering from her health problems. She excelled in kick-boxing and launched a management company, "Red Hot Entertainment". In 2004 Bryan appeared as a contestant on a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link. She was the 3rd one voted off. In November 2006, Bryan presented the Urban Music Awards 2006 with Ras Kwame. A year later she co-hosted ITV Play's phone-in quiz programme Glitterball.

In 2008, she contributed backing vocals to "I Found Love", the debut single by Lankai. Bryan also had starring roles in the musical comedy, The X-Tra Factor and a film called The Naked Poet, playing the part of Michelle.[4]

In 2012, she played the part of Fran in the BBC comedy Me and Mrs Jones.

Bryan has currently re-joined Eternal to take part in the Big Reunion on ITV2.

Reality TV[edit]

Love Island 2006 In the summer of 2006 Bryan was a contestant on Love Island 2, finishing as the female runner-up.

Dancing On Ice 2010 Bryan was reported (4/11/2009) by the Sun Newspaper that she was to be contestant on the 2010 Series. She became a stand in for the other celebrities if they were forced to pull out. She commented that she would love to do the show.

Pantomimes[edit]

Since Christmas 2005, Bryan has starred in the following pantomimes:

  • Dec 2005/Jan 2006 as "Jill" in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Buxton Opera House
  • Dec 2006/Jan 2007 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Catford Theatre in London.
  • Dec 2007/Jan 2008 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Oakengates Theatre, Oakengates, Shropshire
  • Dec 2008/Jan 2009 as "Princess Jasmine" in Aladdin at the Rickmansworth Watersmeet Theatre
  • Dec 2009/Jan 2010 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Derby Assembly Rooms
  • Dec 2010/Jan 2011 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Playhouse in Weston Super Mare

Singles[edit]

with Eternal[edit]

  • 1993 "Stay"
  • 1994 "Save Our Love"
  • 1994 "Just A Step From Heaven"
  • 1994 "Oh Baby I..."
  • 1994 "Sweet Funky Thing"
  • 1994 "So Good"
  • 1994 "Crazy"
  • 1995 "Power Of A Woman"
  • 1995 "Who Are You"
  • 1995 "I Am Blessed"
  • 1996 "Good Thing"
  • 1996 "Someday"
  • 1996 "Secrets"
  • 1997 "Don't You Love Me"
  • 1997 "Finally"
  • 1997 "I Wanna Be The Only One" featuring BeBe Winans
  • 1997 "Think About Me"
  • 1997 "Angel Of Mine"
  • 1997 "Might As Well Be Me"

Solo[edit]

  • "Higher Than Heaven" (Mercury Records, 1999) – UK No. 14
  • "I Wanna Know"

B-sides and other tracks[edit]

with Eternal (Bryan featured on lead vocals)[edit]

  • 1994 "Something Inside (So Strong)" ("Crazy" B-Side)
  • 1995 "Up To You" (Power Of A Woman album track)
  • 1995 "Faith In Love" (Power Of A Woman album track)
  • 1996 "When You Wish Upon A Star" ("Someday" B-Side)
  • 1996 "I'm Still Crying" (Before The Rain album track)
  • 1996 "All My Love" (Before The Rain album track)
  • 1996 "Black Cat (live)" ("Secrets" B-Side)
  • 1997 "I'll Take A Pass On Love" ("Don't You Love Me" B-Side)
  • 1997 "Show Me" ("I Wanna Be The Only One" B-Side)

Solo[edit]

  • 1999 "Love Revolution" ("Higher Than Heaven" B-Side)
  • 1999 "Two Hearts" ("Higher Than Heaven" B-Side)
  • 1999 "My Heart Wants To Be Where You Are" ("I Wanna Know" B-Side)
  • 1999 "Love And Forgiveness" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "That's Love" (duet with Bebe Winans) (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Wait A Minute" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "No Other Lover" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "You're The One I Need" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Moving On" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Lately" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "So Tired" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Caught In The Middle" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Before I Gave You My Heart" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "I'm In Heaven" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Without You Next To Me" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 2000 "Hot (with. Li Li)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Louise on the World Wide Web". Louise.brigatti.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Eternal struggle for pop star | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]

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