P.Y.T. (band)

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OriginTampa, Florida
GenresPop, R&B
Years active1998–2002
LabelsEpic Records
Past membersLauren Mayhew
Tracy Williams
Ashley Niven
Lydia Bell

PYT was an American girl group from Florida that formed in 1998 and parted in 2002.


P.Y.T.'s was formed by four Tampa teenagers - Ashley Niven, Lauren Mayhew, Lydia Bell, and Tracy Williams - who had all been childhood friends.[1] They had previously performed together in the Tampa Bay's Entertainment Revue[2] (through Busch Gardens). The band formed, as Glory,[1] to enter a contest in Teen People magazine. They recorded a demo which instead of entering in the contest made its way to Dave McPherson of Epic Records who signed them to a record contract in 1999.[3] The band was renamed P.Y.T. derived from a Michael Jackson song entitled "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing),"[1] though on some occasions the girls used the acronym "P.Y.T." to stand for the slogan "Prove Yourself True."[4] Among the members of the group, Tracy Williams was the alto and sang lower harmonies, Lauren Mayhew and Ashley Niven were mezzo-sopranos and sang the melody line, and Lydia Bell was the soprano who sang higher harmonies. Ashley Niven was the lead vocalist on the tracks on the album PYT (Down With Me).


PYT toured with 'N Sync, Britney Spears and Destiny's Child and 98 Degrees[5] and performed at the 2001 Super Bowl pre-game show.[6] They had their music used in the films Center Stage[7] and Miss Congeniality[6] and on the TV soap opera Guiding Light.[8] They released their delayed[9] debut album PYT (Down With Me) in the middle of 2001.[10]


The band was released by their record company in early 2002. After considering finding a new label the band disbanded soon after.[9]

Groupmates Lauren Mayhew and Lydia Bell formed a new group called Turning Point.[9] Even after adding more members, the group fell apart. Mayhew decided to focus on acting[9] and went on to host The N's teen version of Access Hollywood -- Real Access. She has since had guest roles on television programs such as Joan of Arcadia and American Dreams. In films, Mayhew portrayed the role of Robin in the film Raise Your Voice starring Hilary Duff, and Arianna in American Pie: Band Camp. She was the Ring Announcer from the World Wrestling Entertainment's ECW brand. Tracy Williams formed the all-girl trio UC3,[11] which has played throughout the United States and performed for US troops overseas.




Same Ol' Same Ol' in the video game Project Gotham Racing


  1. ^ a b c Scheiber, Dave (1 August 1999), "Like, WOW", St. Petersburg Times
  2. ^ Martinez, Gerald (10 September 2001), "Easy on the ear", Sunday Mail
  3. ^ Traurig, Jill (11 October 1999), "Secret of their success", The Tampa Tribune
  4. ^ Blankenship, Bill (30 March 2001), "PYT: from watching MTV to being on it", Topeka Capital-Journal
  5. ^ Helfand, Lorri (10 September 2001), "The two lives of Tracy", St. Petersburg Times
  6. ^ a b Scheiber, Dave (19 January 2001), "Want to be a pop star? Start at Super Bowl Series", St. Petersburg Times
  7. ^ Drake, Cynthia J. (13 May 2001), "Girls in the group, PYT, grew up together in music", The Grand Rapids Press
  8. ^ Belcher, Walt (26 October 1999), "Teens' tune gets a spin on soap opera", The Tampa Tribune
  9. ^ a b c d Scheiber, Dave (20 May 2002), "PYT: Pack your things", St. Petersburg Times
  10. ^ Gerlach, Clarisa (10 August 2001), "Local Girl Group PYT Picks Up Early Following With 1st CD", The Tampa Tribune
  11. ^ Petrick, John (23 November 2003), "It's a real hoot between the buffet and the beer ; Restaurant chain promotes its girl group", The Record

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