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Girlicious
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Girlicious attending Super Bowl XLIII at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California on 1 February 2009. Left to right: Nichole Cordova, Natalie Mejia, Tiffanie Anderson and Chrystina Sayers
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2007–2011
Labels
Associated acts Robin Antin
Website GirliciousMusic.com
Past members
  • Tiffanie Anderson
  • Chrystina Sayers
  • Natalie Mejia
  • Nichole Cordova

Girlicious was an American girl group originally formed by Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls, from The CW reality TV show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious. The group was originally signed to Geffen Records and composed of members Nichole Cordova, Tiffanie Anderson, Chrystina Sayers and Natalie Mejia. Their self-titled debut album was released in Canada in August 2008 and reached number two on the Canadian Albums Chart. After Anderson left the group in June 2009, Girlicious signed with Universal Music Canada and released their second studio album, Rebuilt, in November 2010. Mejia and Sayers departed the group in February 2011. Nichole Cordova later announced the end of Girlicious, and her joining a new girl group called Girls United.

History[edit]

2007–11: Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, Girlicious and Rebuilt[edit]

Before the airing of the series premiere of the show, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, the girls were already chosen for "Girlicious" and had started recording their debut album in late 2007. Originally the group was to be a trio, but was conceived as a quartet through a final decision of creator Robin Antin on the show's season finale. Thus far, they have received greater attention and major success from Canadian audiences, receiving platinum certification in Canada for their self-titled debut album Girlicious. The album peaked at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart. The group was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards for "Breakout Group" of the year, and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious was nominated for "Reality: Music Competition" in 2008.[1]

It was confirmed on June 11, 2009, via a YouTube video upload from Tiffanie Anderson’s official YouTube channel, that she was no longer a member of Girlicious. In the video, Anderson cites changes with their new record label and sound, stating: "Robin Antin and the label were looking for a new direction for the group" ... "they were looking for the group to not be [urban] any longer". She also speaks of personal differences between some of the girls, saying the group was not seeing eye-to-eye on a lot of things: "a couple of the girls and I didn't have the same values or the same morals – causing a huge conflict in the end of it all."[2] On Sunday, June 21, 2009 Girlicious appeared live at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada as nominees and presenters. The group won the award for "Most Watched Video" for "Like Me". Their video for "Stupid Shit" came in at second place.

The group's second and final line-up consisting of Mejia, Sayers and Cordova at Mi6, West Hollywood, California on October 14, 2009

In 2009, the group went into the studio to start recording music for their second studio album. In December 2009 the group announced they had moved from Geffen Records and that they had signed a record deal with Universal Music Canada. The sound for the album will go in a more "Pop" direction, and further away from the Hip-Hop/R&B sound featured on their first album.[2] The group's first single titled "Over You", was sent to Canadian radio stations on December 25, 2009. The song was released to Canadian iTunes on January 5, 2010.[3] The song peaked at number 57 on The Hits Charts (Airplay): Top 100 Singles and number 52 on Canadian Hot 100.[4] The group's second single titled "Maniac" was released to Canadian iTunes on April 6, 2010.[5] The music video was shot on April 6 in LA at an abandoned hospital.[6] It peaked as number 72 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. The girls were featured on the Jersey Shore Soundtrack, with a song titled "Drank". It was then released on July 20, 2010 to digital retailers in Canada and the United States as a promotional single for Rebuilt. The promotional single featured guest rapper Spose. On August 31, 2010 the girls released their third single titled "2 In the Morning".[7] It made a Hot Shot Debut on the Canada Hot 100 reaching number 57. The song then moved up five places to number 52 in the week of September 16. Then, on the week of November 13, 2010, the song reached its peak at number 35.[8] On September 26 they taped a performance of "Maniac" for Playboy's Beach House, which aired in January 2011.[9] Their second album, Rebuilt, was released on November 22 in Canada reaching number five on the pop album chart.[citation needed]

On February 26, 2011, the group confirmed the exit of Sayers and Mejia via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. It was stated that Cordova was still part of the group and very much ready to get on with the future of Girlicious.[citation needed] After the departure of the girls, "Hate Love" was released as the fourth single from Rebuilt. The song debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 97 in the week of April 2, 2011. In the week of April 30, 2011, the song reached its peak at number 59 while also reaching number 19 on the Canadian Top 40. On June 17, 2011, Cordova performed alongside Carmen Electra on the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue Tour.[citation needed] In October 2011, Cordova announced and confirmed the band's hiatus and also hinted about new members.[10] In May 2012, the group's profile page on Universal Music Canada's website had been removed, consequently implying they had been dropped by their label. However, the group's profile page on the Universal Music website is still up,[when?] meaning they are still signed to Universal, but no longer in Canada.

Timeline[edit]

Members 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Tiffanie Anderson
(2007–2009)
Chrystina Sayers
(2007–2011)
Natalie Mejia
(2007–2011)
Nichole Cordova
(2007–2011)

Members[edit]

Chrystina Sayers[edit]

Sayers left the group with fellow member Mejia in 2011.

Chrystina Lauren Sakamoto Sayers (born August 14, 1989),is from San Diego, California. She is of Jamaican, Irish, African American, Japanese and Native American. In San Diego, she not only thrived in the arts including singing, dancing, song-writing, acting but she also was a tremendous athlete. She grew up playing basketball, T Ball, soccer, cheer leading, volley ball, soft ball, and even tried to try out for the pop warner football team because she wanted to be the quarterback but she tried out too late. At the age of 9, Chrystina joined the San Diego Children’s Choral Choir and absolutely fell in love with crafting her belting voice at such a young age. The choir showcased all over San Diego. Her parents noticed that she should perfect her voice even more so they asked her choral choir teacher if she could take private lessons. She was then trained by the world renowned classical vocalist and teacher ‘Ms. Moss’ who taught Chrystina her life long vocal skills. Her teacher always brings up the story that when Chrystina was in choral choir, after she would sing, none of the kids would want to sing after her. For Chrystina’s middle school life, she attended SCPAS ( San Diego Creative Performing Arts School ) where she began to take classes in voice, acting and dance. At a young age, she was very determined and on fire. However in the middle of attending SCPAS, Chrystina was still heavy into sports and would play basketball in the summers with a traveling team. So in the grade of 6th, she was offered a basketball scholarship to the college prep school ‘La Jolla Country Day School’. She clearly could not play on the Varsity team until 9th grade, but they wanted her, so her and her family accepted. At La Jolla Country Day School, they had incredible sport programs but also strong theatre programs. So she truly had the best of both worlds. There, she was able to fully emerge herself in her athleticism but mostly the arts. Students, still to this day, would say they remember hearing Chrystinas’ voice singing all the way from the other side of the campus in her all time winning Choral Choir. Also, she not only played on her all time winning champion varsity basketball team but every game, she would sing the national anthem for them too. However, by the age of 14, she began to question her full time commitment as a athlete. She knew that leaving the basketball team was what she had to do if she wanted to be a professional artist since they played together all year around. So after consulting with her father and family, she quit the basketball varsity team and focused on her arts. Even to the point of going back into cheer leading, which she also began cheer leading for her former basketball team all the while being the ‘flyer’. She loved to dance and being a cheerleader helped her with remaining a dancer but also staying athletic. Durning this time she was still recording professionally and turning her poems into songs. However due to her decision to leave the varsity basketball team, she was bullied by her former teammates. She recalls the story “ I was confronted and surrounded by all my former team mates as they were enraged by my decision to leave the team all the while calling me horrific names. It was so crazy because these girls were supposedly ‘my friends’. This lasted for almost 5 minutes. After, I was mad, sad and cried but then I was more then ok because I knew in my heart, I was living my true purpose and it was not their fault they were led by stupidity. Which clearly now, they all see I made the right decision.’ So from age 14 to 17, Chrystina and her family, focused on her song-writing, acting, and anything else she needed to help her be the best artist she could be. They found local auditions all around San Diego area to put her in, including San Diego Idol. San Diego Idol was also affiliated with Channel 933 and Jammin Z 90 ,which she placed 7th in. They also found a connection that guided her to ‘Nick Cannons ‘ private recording studio called at the time ‘Can - I - Ball’ which is now called ’N’credible Studios’ located in Los Angeles. There she was able to really develop herself as a solo artist. At the time, and still till this day, her musical influences include Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Michale Jackson, Mark Anthony, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Lauren Hill, Destinys Child/ Beyonce, Selena Quintanilla, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Jennifer Lopez, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Chris Cornel' to name a few. So her style was more in a R n B lane at that time. Through Nicks’ camp, her first demo was for ‘Paris Hilton’ called ‘Kiss the boys and make them cry’. Nick Cannon actually wrote this song himself to pitch to Paris Hilton at the time. Also through Nicks’ studio, this is where casting director ‘Lamont Pete’ of MTV/BET, found Ms Sayers. At the time in 2008, he was scouting for girls for a second season TV show called ‘ Pussycat Dolls Presents: Girlicious’. Tre, head of the studio, played Lamount a few girls and he just was not into their vocal sound. However, on his way out, Lamount saw Chrystina’s head shot and said ‘ Wait a minute, who is this girl?’ Since Chrystina was new to the studio, she must have slipped Tre’s mind. He then played Lamount her songs and within a hour, he was in her families living room pitching the TV show and telling her family she would be a great addition. A month later, Chrystina auditioned for the Tv show. 2 months later, she won the TV show.

After winning her spot in the group she joined other members to form Girlicious. Eventhough record label 'Interscope' did not give them a fair chance in America, Girlicious flourished overseas! They were beloved in a lot of different countries including Canada, France, Brazil, the U.K. and more. Their first tour was opening for their boy group idols 'Backstreet boys' then went on to headline their own sold our tours. Their self-titled album 'Girlicious' went triple times platinum as well. However, after recording two albums with the group, Chrystina announced her departure in early February 2011 due to internal issues as she's stated. On January 29, 2012, it was revealed that Sayers was set to join the new fourth line-up of the Pussycat Dolls.[11] However, on April 13, 2012 it was announced that Sayers was no longer a part of the new line-up due to her statement: I've already done the girl group thing which in my mind was a success and failure but through our failures, we learn the lesson we need. So for me, I'm focused on what I was always suppose to be, which is a solo artist. Musically, I'm a singer, a song-writer, a true visionary. In girl groups, you are not allowed to showcase you, entirely as your brand. So now, I will continue to showcase my brand and who I truly am... to the world. Music is life to me. I can't imagine a world without it. So to be able to share my music in this world, there's nothing more I could ever ask for. Walking in your true purpose is what life is all about. Risking it all to say when your in your 80 plus, 'I don't have any regrets... I did that...' is priceless. So I will always continue to encourage others to not be afraid of the unknown nor failure, but to continue to find their true life purpose. And most of all when they get there, share everything with the world. Give back.

.[12][13] As of 2012, she is working on new material for her album and has since released her debut solo single, "Alive", on September 28, 2012.[14] On June 1, 2012, Sayers premiered her debut solo single, "Alive", on Ustream.[15] In September 2012, Sayers revealed to VIBE Vixen her reasons for quitting Girlicious and dropping out of the Pussycat Dolls. In the interview she stated that she felt Girlicious "was over when Natalie had her cocaine charge. I really thought she was going to go to jail. I honestly didn’t want to be affiliated with someone like that. Then everything started to get better when we were working on our second album but then one of the girl’s behavior started to get erratic. I had to question if this was going to continue because it was getting out of control." On leaving the new Pussycat Dolls line-up she said; "To be honest I was actually working on my solo project before that but Robin pretty much figured out everybody that she wanted. She really thought I would be a great asset to the group, so I kind of rolled with it for a while. After we did the Go Daddy commercial for the Super Bowl she (Antin) told me I didn’t have a choice and I couldn’t leave. I had to be in The Pussycat Dolls. She really wanted me in and I didn’t want to let her down." "I felt like I already went down the path of the girl group thing. I’m very focused and I know what I want to do and being a part of a girl group is definitely not what I want anymore. So I ended up not doing it and I walked away."[16]

Sayers released her debut solo single, "Alive", on September 28, 2012 on iTunes worldwide.[17][18]

In 2015, Sayers released her debut solo EP "LEO" on September 8, 2016 on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, etc.[19]

In 2018, this year, rumor has it, that Sayers has been recording a secret 'EP' that is due out by this Spring. On January 18th, 2018, she released a snippet of a song called 'Whoa' that is supposedly on her new project and there is possibility that 'Cardi B' will be featuring. The feed back, Incredible! Fans loved the tune and are excited to hear more.

Nichole Cordova[edit]

Nichole Cordova in 2009.

Nichole Marie Cordova (born August 17, 1988) is from Houston, Texas, where she has been singing since the age of four. She was offered a chance to start recording her very first demo at the age of 14. In 2007, Nichole recorded over 50 songs in the hopes of releasing her own album. Aside from singing, she is also a trained ballet dancer and teacher for over ten years.[20] Cordova cites Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera as musical influences.

Nichole Cordova performed her first solo performance with the En Vogue's version of "Something He Can Feel" on the season finale of Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious where she became the first member of Girlicious,[21][22] She received high praise from the judges for her performance of "Something He Can Feel" with them describing it as "unexpected" and solid.[21] Cordova landed the lead female role in the horror film Bleed Out as Taylor.[23] On June 17, 2011, Cordova performed alongside Carmen Electra on the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue Tour. Nichole got engaged to her unknown boyfriend after 5 years of dating on October 21, 2016 in Italy[24]

Tiffanie Anderson[edit]

Anderson was a member from 2008-2009 before she was axed by the group's new label.

Tiffanie Adair Anderson (born August 15, 1988) is from Los Angeles, California is a singer and dancer.[citation needed] During her time on the reality show, she and Cordova were the only two contestants to have never made it into the bottom two. During the finale, Robin Antin called out Anderson to become a group member of Girlicious, along with Nichole Cordova, Natalie Mejia, and Chrystina Sayers.[25] On June 11, 2009, via a YouTube video, Anderson revealed that she was no longer a member of Girlicious. In the video, Anderson cited changes with their new record label and sound.[26] Tiffanie is now a painting artist.

Natalie Mejia[edit]

Mejia left the group with fellow member Sayers in 2011.

Natalie Nicole Mejia (born May 7, 1988) is from Diamond Bar, California.[27] She was born in West Covina, California. Mejia is of Mexican and Cuban descent. Her musical idols are Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.[28] She attended Diamond Ranch High School and was a graduate for the Class of 2006. She studied dancing from the age of nine at the Millennium Dance Complex. She won her position in the group in the season finale along with Tiffanie Anderson, Chrystina Sayers and Nichole Cordova. Before Girlicious, she was a member of two musical groups: Cherri, of which she was a member from 2001 until 2003 and then Breathe, which formed in 2005 and disbanded in 2007. Breathe was an opening act for Sean Paul.[29] After two albums with the group she announced her departure along with Sayers in February 2011. After leaving the band, she was due to join a new group but the project fell through as Randy Jackson decided to focus on American Idol and Mariah Carey's new album.[30] As of July 2012, Mejia had been confirmed as one of the five new Pussycat Dolls. It is thought she was drafted in as a replacement for Chrystina.[30][31] However, in November 2012 it was revealed that Mejia was no longer a part of the group and was instead replaced by Emmalyn Estrada.[32] In June 2012 she got married to her boyfriend, Johnny Roberts. On December 1, 2012, Mejia revealed that she was expecting her first child and due to her situation she made a choice not to continue as a part of the Pussycat Dolls.[33] On May 11, 2013, Mejia gave birth to a daughter, Calista Estrella.[34] Mejia and Roberts split in 2014 for unknown reason. In 2014, Mejia announced the formation of a new group with her sisters, Jazzy and Taylor, called The Mejia Sisters.[35] Their debut single "Stray" was released on August 18, 2014.[36] The band split and Natalie continued in solo career. Mejia released her debut solo EP "L.O.V.E." (an acronym for Living On Vibrational Energy) on July 7, 2016 on iTunes worldwide with following single "Clumsy". On May 25, 2016 she announced that she got enagaged to her boyfriend, Joel Cruz by Jamaican Sea. They got married on January 8, 2017 and in March announced that they are expecting a child in fall. She gave birth on 12th October 2017 to a son, Joel Zion.[37]

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining

2008–09: The Girlicious Tour

As opening act

2008: The Unbreakable Tour: Backstreet Boys (Opening act for Leg 1.)

2009: The Circus Starring Britney Spears: Britney Spears (Opening act for May 5, August 20 and 21 shows.)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2008 Teen Choice Award Breakout Group Nominated
2009 MuchMusic Video Award Most Watched Music Video on MuchMusic.com ("Like Me") Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Girlicious – Over You – Music Charts". αCharts.us. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
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  30. ^ a b "Natalie Mejia April 2012 Update". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  31. ^ "New music soon". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "New Pussycat Dolls Lineup With Natalie Out & Emmalyn In". Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  33. ^ "I was married in June and was asked to keep it private, I found out about my little girl, in September and was asked to make a choice". Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  34. ^ Mejia, Natalie. "Calista Estrella, Born May 11, 2013". Twitter. nataliemejia. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  35. ^ http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/mejia-sisters-stray-video-premiere/
  36. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stray-feat.-jereme-jay-single/id911917473
  37. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/l.o.v.e.-ep/id1130595070

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