Female groups have always played a pivotal role in music. The Supremes, Spice Girls and DestinyÆs Child are just a few of the iconic names that come to mind. Now will.i.am music/Interscope Records is ready to write the next chapter in girl group history. And itÆs titled: Paradiso Girls.
Two years in development, Paradiso Girls isnÆt your stereotypical girl group. Reflecting musicÆs increasingly global reach, each member of this talented quintetùAria, Chelsea, Kelly, Lauren and Sharùhails from a different country: Barbados, England, France, Philippines, and the U.S. Beyond this multicultural twist, the Paradiso Girls boast three lead singers, a rapper and a DJ.
ItÆs the natural chemistry emanating from this pairing that is the Los Angeles-based groupÆs secret weapon. Playing simultaneously to their distinct personalities and cultural backgrounds, Paradiso Girls break the industryÆs cookie-cutter mold with an edgy, left-of-center mix of pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop.
Daring yet tongue-in-cheek lead single ôPatron Tequilaö is proof positive of Paradiso GirlsÆ combustible energy. The Polow da Don-produced club jam centers around a girlsÆ night out getting drunk on margaritasùwith color commentary provided by featured guest rappers LilÆ Jon and Eve. The song is already generating buzz in the clubs.
The same push-the-envelope vibe courses throughout Paradiso GirlsÆ self-titled debut album. In addition to Polow da Don, the project enlists such maverick, game-changing songwriter/producers as Gnarls BarkleyÆs Cee-Lo, Christopher ôTrickyö Stewart, The-Dream, Sean Garrett, Fernando Garibay and Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am. Tailored to the ladiesÆ talents and personalities as well as their kinetic energy, each song ultimately shapes an album that doubles as a unique tribute to musical sisterhood.
Female anthem ôWhoÆs My Bitch,ö for instance, draws from French composer Georges BizetÆs classical gem ôCarmenö as producer Garibay channels the essence of the Paradiso Girls. Laying irreverent lyricsùôIÆm not your bitch / IÆm not your hoöùagainst such an unexpected backdrop sparks a lightning bolt realization: Paradiso Girls definitely isnÆt your ordinary girl group.
Mentor will.i.am drives home that point on the two tracks he wrote and produced, ôBad Manö and "What I like.ö On the latter, the Grammy-winning artist/producer taps into the dance/electro club energy on which Paradiso Girls thrive.
Irreverence once again comes into play on the Garibay and Garrett-produced ôUnpredictable.ö On this fast-paced track, the ladies sassily intone: ôYouÆre just so unpredictable / IÆm so trying to get to you /You just donÆt wanna behave.ö The ladies are just at skillful at slowing the pace. On ôPop,ö producer Cee-Lo tempers the ladiesÆ sensuality with just the right amount of wit and humor, while Garibay brings an atmospheric feel to the moving love ballad ôJust Friends.ö
Friendship is another key factor powering Paradiso Girls. Aria was a performer living in France when she met Shar (Philippines), Kelly (Barbados) and Lauren (England). The foursome decided to form a group. Six months later they met Chelsea (U.S.) and the quartet became a quintet. Relocating to Los Angeles, the five ladies began living together as they practiced and then began recording songs for their upcoming album.
That bondùcoupled with talent and energyùis what will help Paradiso Girls write the next chapter in girl group history.
ôWeÆre having fun just being ourselves, and thatÆs our main message,ö says member Lauren. ôWe may come from different parts of the world with different upbringings, but weÆve all come together as one: Paradiso Girls.ö