Solid HarmoniE

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Solid Harmonie
Also known as Solid HarmoniE, SHE
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop
Years active 1996–2000, 2013-present
Labels Sony BMG/Jive (Zomba Music Group)
Associated acts Honeyz
Members Rebecca Onslow
Melissa Graham
Elisa Cariera
Past members Mariama Goodman
Jenilca Giusti

Solid Harmonie (stylized as Solid HarmoniE, also known as SHE) are a British pop girl group. The group was moderately successful, releasing five singles and a self-titled album, before disbanding in 2000. They had the most success in the Netherlands where their album went to #1 in the album charts and was certified gold.[1] Also the single "I Want You to Want Me" peaked at #4 in the Dutch single charts. They sold over a million records worldwide.

History[edit]

1996–1997: Formation[edit]

Solid Harmonie formed in 1996 by Lou Pearlman as a female opposite of his earlier created boy bands such as N Sync and Backstreet Boys. They were signed to Jive Records in the United States. Initially, the band was made up of the trio Rebecca Onslow (born 3 January 1975, Swansea in Wales), Melissa Graham (born 10 October 1975, Coventry in England), who was playing in a popular Irish band called Calvary in 1996, and Mariama Goodman (born 25 December 1977, Lambeth in London, England). They released their debut single "Got 2 have ya" in 1996, before Goodman left in 1997 to care for her ill mother.

1997–1998: Goodman's first departure and Solid HarmoniE[edit]

Goodman was immediately replaced by Elisa Cariera (born 16 June 1978, Orlando, Florida) in 1997. However Goodman rejoined the band later in the year and the group became a four-piece. The group was successful, releasing the four singles "I'll be there for you", "I want you to want me", "I wanna love you" and "To love once again" preceded by their self-titled debut album release "Solid Harmonie". The album includes all their hits except "Got 2 have ya", which only appears on a special edition of the album and the Christmas song "Give love on christmas day", which can be found exclusively on a Christmas sampler.

1998–2000: Goodman's return and second departure, Graham's departure and disbandment[edit]

Mariama Goodman left once again and then joined R&B girl group Honeyz. Graham also left and pursued a solo career. After the departures of Goodman and Graham, Onslow and Cariera decided to stay with Solid Harmonie and went back to Orlando, Florida in 1999 where they had several successful tours. Soon Jenilca Giusti (born 21 August 1981, Bayamón, Puerto Rico) joined the band in 1999 after an audition held in Cariera's hometown Orlando, Florida and soon started briefly recording for the second studio album. The new Solid Harmonie trio was on the cover of TeenFaces magazine on its October issue. Their second album was never released as they could not come to an agreement with their record label, or find a new one once they were without a label. That's a reason why Giusti has never been officially recognized as a former Solid Harmonie member. After legal issues, the group lost their recording contract and disbanded. The band eventually disbanded in the early 2000 to embark on solo careers.

2000–2013: Solo efforts and other projects[edit]

Goodman released three singles and one album with her girl group Honeyz in 1999. Graham released the three solo singles "Bulletproof", "Welcome to my world" and "Hello world" in 2000 and 2001. She planned to release a solo debut album, which to date remains cancelled and unreleased. In January 2002, Onslow released her debut single "Wake up" which remains her only release to date. Cariera recorded her debut solo album, which remains unreleased. Snippets had been released on Cariera's My Space website. Giusti is an actress, who also released the two albums "Jenilca" and "Con tus estrellas en vivo" in 2007.

2013–present: Reunion[edit]

Solid HarmonIE announced to be working on a comeback. The line up will be the initial official one with Elisa Cariera, Beki Onslow and Melissa Graham. Solid HarmoniE will start recording and doing photoshoots in March 2013. Original member Mariama Goodman is not joining due to her joining the R&B band Honeyz instead. The new single will be released in 2014. The song is produced by a producer who also did official remixes for Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Mylène Farmer and many more. Solid HarmoniE announced in April 2014 that their new single is going to be called 'Circus'.

Musical style[edit]

Solid Harmonie's debut album was heavy influenced by teen pop, which was made famous and popular by similar artists such as the more successful Spice Girls, credited for being the pioneers that paved the way for the commercial breakthrough of teen pop in the late 1990s, Backstreet Boys or N Sync. Teen pop songwriter pioneer Max Martin wrote the most songs of Solid Harmonie. The band's unreleased second album had more of R&B influence rather than their previous girlband scheme included songs produced by such heavyweights as Tony Battaglia, Billy Chapin and Andy Goldmark.

Members[edit]

Members 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2013 2014
Rebecca Onslow
(1996–2000, 2013–present)
Melissa Graham
(1996–1999, 2013–present)
Elisa Cariera
(1997–2000, 2013–present)
Mariama Goodman
(1996-1997, 1997–1999)
Jenilca Giusti
(1999–2000)
  • Note: those in bold are current members.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK[2] BE[3] FI JPN[4] NL[5] NO SWE
1997 Solid HarmoniE 111 33 22 4 1 40 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK[2] NL[6] SWI SWE FI NO
1996 "Got 2 Have Ya" non-album single
1997 "I'll Be There for You" 18 9 9 10 Solid HarmoniE"
1998 "I Want You to Want Me" 16 4 39 10 10 14
"I Wanna Love You" 20 30 39
"To Love Once Again" 55 46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
1996 "Got 2 have ya"
1997 "I'll be there for you" Gerry Wenner
1998 "I want you to want me" Roger Pomphrey
"I wanna love you" Max & Dania
"To love once again" Paul Morgans

References[edit]

  1. ^ NVPI.nl Certification Solid HarmoniE. Retrieved: Nov 3, 2006
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 513. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ dutchcharts.nl Albums. Hung Medien. Retrieved: 30 June 2011
  4. ^ "ソリッド・ハーモニーのリリース一覧" [A Look at Solid Harmonie's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ dutchcharts.nl Albums. Hung Medien. Retrieved: 30 June 2011
  6. ^ dutchcharts.nl Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved: 30 June 2011

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