Forever (group)

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FOREVER
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Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop, urban pop
Years active 2008–2012
Labels Teen Island, N'Credible
Associated acts Colette Carr, Aaron Fresh, Wonder Girls, Mariah Carey
Website www.officialforevermusic.com
Past members Jasmine Villegas (2008)
Mandy Rain (2008-10)
Brittany Oaks (2011)
Rae Bello (2011-12)
Sade Austin (2010-12)
Monica Parales (2008–12)
Lauren Chavez (2010–12)
Natalie Aguero (2011–12)
Jacque Pyles (2008–10)

FOREVER (formerly known as School Gyrls), was an American girl group formed in 2008. They were signed to Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment. The group starred in an eponymous movie that premiered on Nickelodeon on February 21, 2010.[1] The group's self-titled debut album was released on March 23, 2010. The album peaked at number 118 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and was preceded by the singles "Something Like a Party" and "Get Like Me". After the commercial success of their film and their single "Something Like A Party", the girls released another movie called "A Very School Gyrls Holla-Day", which was followed with a second studio album of the same name. Shortly after this, some of the group's original members Mandy Rain and Jacque Pyles had decided to leave to pursue solo careers, respectively.

After all the line up changes, the group had decided to change their name to "Forever" (stylized as FOREVER). Thois decision was so that their name could fit their more mature appearance. Shortly after the name change, the remaining members Rae Bello, Sade Austin, and Monica Parales left the group. Their departure from the group caused the girl group to disband.

Career[edit]

2008–10: Career beginnings and commercial success[edit]

The original line up of the School Gyrls

Nick Cannon was first introduced to Mandy Rain on the set his reality show Star Camp, where she was the youngest member of the Star Camp group, "The Giggle Club". After Star Camp wrapped, Cannon considered a solo career for Mandy, but decided instead to use her as the nucleus of a girl group; he also formulated a movie concept about three private school girls who meet in detention, based on "Detention", a song Mandy had already recorded which later appaeared on their debut album.[2]

Cannon brought in Monica Anne Parales, who had auditioned for "The Giggle Club", but she wound up working on the "Jam-X Kids" project instead. Jasmine Villegas was the original third member of the group, but she left early on to pursue a solo career. After Jasmine's departure, Jacque Rae Pyles was chosen and added to the group.

The School Gyrls made their television debut with Nick Cannon on the season finale of E! television series Party Monsters Cabo in January 2009. The group's first CD was released under the Island Def Jam imprint. They opened for Korean-pop acts the Wonder Girls and 2PM at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, on June 11, 2010.

The film, also called School Gyrls, written and directed by Cannon, premiered in February 2010.[3] It centers around three teen girls and their lives in high school, and features cameos from Reverend Run, Vanessa Simmons, Justin Bieber, Kristinia DeBarge, Soulja Boy, Mathias Anderle, Diggy Simmons, and others.

A Very School Gyrls Holla-Day premiered on Nickelodeon on December 4, 2010. A couple of weeks ahead of filming the holiday movie, Cannon announced he was adding two new girls to the group, (then) 15-year-old Sade Austin, and 18-year-old Lauren Chavez were chosen to be in the group. They also recorded a new Christmas album, A Very School Gyrls Holla Day, released in December, and a single, "Going to the Mall".

In December 2010 shortly after the second movie release, Amanda Moseley and Jacquelyn Rae Pyles decided to leave the School Gyrls to pursue solo careers. After their departure In 2011, Natalie Aguero and Brittany Oaks were added to the group to replace them. The first appearance with the two new members was at Kids Choice Awards 2011. But shortly after starting a new song with the group, Oaks left the group to purse a career in a girl group named DollFace with her older sister Breanne Oaks.

2011–12: Departure of Rain and Pyles and Wonder Girls movie[edit]

After hearing about Briana "Rae" Bello from close friends of her she was brought into the studio and she was added to the group. The world was first introduced to Rae On September 9, 2011, when the Gyrls performed at Crenshaw Plaza, performing their new song, "Pump Ya Breaks", for the back-to-school bash in L.A.

The School Gyrls performing in 2011

In late 2011, the School Gyrls announced that they were coming out in a third movie called The Wonder Girls starring the Korean pop girl group Wonder Girls on February 2 of 2012 the movie premiered on TeenNick with their song "The DJ is Mine" featuring the School Gyrls. In late 2012 the girls were interviewed at the "Beyond the bells" event and the Gyrls confirmed that a future album will be released sometime in late 2012 or 2013 the album will be with their leading single "The Power Goes Out" and "We Just Got It All" which were featured in the 2012 movie.

On July 20, 2012, after the Gyrls performance at Knotts Berry Farm Amusement Park on their Twitter page they had posted that the group name would be changed to FOREVER, after all because they were growing up and maturing.[4] Then later Rae had announced on her Facebook page that she will not be a part of FOREVER and that she would pursue a solo career. The remaining members Natalie, Monica, Lauren, and Sade announced that the group name was official changed and that there would be only four members in FOREVER.

On September 5, 2012, Sade announced that she was also leaving the group which was leaving Natalie, Lauren and Monica. She also stated that she will support anything the girls have in the future but for now she will not be a member of the group. On September 1, the group shot their first music video as FOREVER for their single "Can't Stop This Night", Sade will appear in the video following that she was a member in the group while they shot the video, but the video is called Forever featuring Sade. On November 14, 2012, Monica announced that she also left the group. With the decision of Monica leaving, it was the end of the band.

Band members[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Jasmine Villegas – vocals
  • Mandy Rain – vocals
  • Monica Parales – vocals
  • Jacque Pyles – vocals
  • Natalie Aguero – vocals
  • Lauren Chavez – vocals
  • Brittany Oaks – vocals
  • Sade Austin – vocals
  • Rae Bello – vocals

Timeline[edit]

Members 2007 2008 ~ 2009 2010 2011 ~ 2012 2012
Feb. July Sep. Jan. Dec. Jan. Aug. Sep. Nov.
Monica Parales
Jasmine Villegas
Mandy Rain
Jacque Pyles
Sade Austin
Lauren Chavez
Natalie Aguero
Rae Bello
  • Brittany Oaks wasn't included in the time line because she was briefly part of the group

Discography[edit]

Main article: Forever discography

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Starr, Michael (2009-12-15). "Cannon shot". New York Post. 
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/278382/school-gyrls/biography
  3. ^ Lloyd, Robert (20 February 2010). "'Gyrls' adds sass in class". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx2iGH_4kj4&feature=youtu.be

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