The Stunners

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The Stunners
The Stunners live at Celebrity Basketball Game 2009.png
The original line-up, from left to right – Gonino, Tinashe, Esparza, Kiyoko and Sanders – performing live at Celebrity Basketball Game, in 2009.
Background information
OriginUnited States
Years active2007–2011
Past members

The Stunners were an American pop girl group, formed in Los Angeles, California in 2007. Originally the members were Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, Marisol Esparza, Kelsey Sanders, and Tinashe. In July 2009, after the debut single "Bubblegum", Sanders left the group and was replaced by Lauren Hudson. The group split up in 2011.


2007–09: Beginning and Sanders departure[edit]

In 2007, Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, Kelsey Sanders, Marisol Esparza, and Tinashe became friends and formed the group. Six months later, the group signed with Columbia Records and contributed a song to the iCarly soundtrack.[1] The debut single wasn't released and, in 2009, the group left Columbia[2] and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, who also produced a scripted television show pilot based on the group, which was ordered by MTV.[2][3] In March 18, they released a single titled "Bubblegum" to iTunes along with the official video for the single. In July, 2009 Sanders left the group to pursue her acting career[4] and was substituted by Lauren Hudson.

2010–11: The Stunners and split[edit]

Hudson, Esparza, Tinashe, Gonino and Kiyoko performing live in 2010.

In September 29, 2009, the girls released a 5-song EP influenced by Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna[4] On December 13 2009, they appeared on Anything Anything with Rich Russo where they performed an a cappella version of "Santa Bring My Soldier Home". In December 2009, they released the single "We Got It", with a music video released on February.[2] The group performed the song on The Today Show[5] as well as The Wendy Williams Show.[2][6] In 2010, they signed to Universal Republic Records[2] and released the single "Dancin' Around the Truth" to iTunes as well as Top 40 radio stations.[7] The music video premiered June 2, just before the group was announced as an opening act on Justin Bieber's My World Tour.[8] They released a holiday single in December 2010, produced by Desmond Child, and written by the five members of the group,[9] titled "Santa Bring My Soldier Home" and encouraged donations the USO for soldiers overseas, not with their families for the holidays.[6]

They had finished their run after twenty dates on the tour and returned to LA to record new songs with producers and writers such as Toby Gad, The Cataracs, Dave Broome,[10] Livvi Franc,[11] Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal of No Doubt fame.[12] They shot a fourth music video in the desert of California in November for their new song "Spin The Bottle" which premiered on December 31, 2010. A full album along with an official second single titled "Heart Stops Beating", written by Tinashe and Allie and produced by Orange Factory Music was planned,[13] but cancelled when the group split in 2011.[2][14][15]



Extended play[edit]

Title EP details
The Stunners[16][17]


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart


"Bubblegum"[20] 2009 Non-album single
"We Got It"[21] 14 The Stunners
"Dancin' Around the Truth"[22]
(featuring New Boyz)
"Spin the Bottle"[23] Non-album singles
"Santa Bring My Soldier Home"[24] 19
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" 2008 iCarly

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Bubblegum" 2009 Mike Nazzaro[25]
"We Got It" 2010 Garrett Rosenblum and Ori Ravid[26]
"Dancin' Around the Truth" Smallz and Rasking[27]
"Spin the Bottle" Travis Hoffman[28]

Concert tours[edit]

Opening act


  1. ^ "The Stunners Biography on MTV". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lindell, Karen (2010-07-16). "Hayley's Comet". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  3. ^ "Listen to The Stunners' New Self-Titled EP". AOL. Nadine Cheung. 2009-09-20. Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  4. ^ a b "The Stunners: Biography". Allmusic. March 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "HELLO! Meet the Stunners!". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  6. ^ a b "The Stunners - "Santa Bring My Soldier Home" + Wendy Williams Show performance". BandWebLogs. 2009-12-09. Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  7. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Music Groupaccessdate=2010-04-25.
  8. ^ "Justin Bieber presents The Stunners!". 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  9. ^ "Garner Debuts Country Version of Santa Bring My Soldier Home". All Access Music Group. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  10. ^ "BMI Repertoire Search - The Stunners - MAKE ME SING". Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  11. ^ "ASCAP search results - The Stunners - SAY NO". Retrieved 2011-12-29.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Leeuwis, Jermy (2009-10-06). "The Stunners to release Debut EP album". Music Remedy. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  13. ^ "ASCAP search results Stunners - HEARTS STOP BEATING". Retrieved 2011-12-29.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "The Stunners (group)". eNotes. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  15. ^ "The Lying Game's Allie Gonino Dishes On Her New Role, Makeup Tricks and Shoe Splurging". Elle Girl. Karen Hor and Jaclyn Palazzolo. 2011-10-12. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  16. ^ "The Stunners EP". Tiger Beat. March 22, 2012.
  17. ^ "The Stunners - EP". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Dance Singles - August 29, 2010". Billboard. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  19. ^ "Adult Contemporary - January 9, 2010". Billboard. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  20. ^ "Bubblegum - Single". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  21. ^ "The Stunners We Got It". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  22. ^ "Dancin' Around the Truth - Single". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  23. ^ "Spin the Bottle". Discogs. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  24. ^ "Santa Bring My Soldier Home - Single". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  25. ^ "Tinashe: like a boss". Dazed Digital. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  26. ^ "The Stunners We Got It- MUSIC VIDEO". Mr Video. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  27. ^ "The Stunners - Dancin' Around the Truth". VEVO. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  28. ^ "The Stunners - Spin the Bottle". Richard Vialet Cinematographer. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.

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