After nearly two years, girl group GRL is ready to return.
The ladies decided to call it quits following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle in 2014. The remaining members, made up of Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Lauren Bennett and Emmalyn Estrada, tried to keep the ball rolling after they lost Battle, but announced their split after releasing a tribute single titled “Lighthouse” months later. Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Larry Rudolph and Robin Antin confirmed the news. “Nearly 9 months following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle, girl group G.R.L. announces today that they are disbanding. We wish them continued success in each of their next creative endeavors.”
The girls are making a comeback.
A message on their talent management website confirms so. It reads:
GRL are back.
Watch this space for more information
The group will feature several original members, however Estrada confirmed she will not re-join.
I'm not a part of what the other girls are doing, it isn't the right path for me but I'll always love and support them <3
— Emmalyn (@emmalynestrada) June 21, 2016
At the time of disbandment, Bennett posted a Tweet thanking fans for the support:
Thank u all for ridin with GRL thru the tough times.. I know it's all a bit confusing but I love you all, and care never forget ❤️
— lauren bennett (@GRLLauren) May 31, 2015
It’s a curious time for GRL to dive back into the music scene, considering the girl group competition is at an all time high. If they want to stand out from the likes of Little Mix and Fifth Harmony, they’ll have to get creative. Sadly, the girls have a terrible experience to draw from, but it could be the missing ingredient to connect them to the masses.