Saturday, March 19, 2011

Eternal

Eternal was a female English R&B group that consisted of sisters Easther & Vernie Bennett, Kelle Bryan (born on March 12, 1975 in Lewisham, London, England) and Louise Nurding (born on November 4, 1974 in Lewisham, London, England).

When Kelle Bryan was 11 years old, she joined the Italia Conti Academy stage school, completing eight years of performing arts and she was qualified as a dance teacher.

Before Eternal, Kelle worked as an actress, appearing on ITV's "The Bill" and appearing on the hit BBC show, "EastEnders" in 1992. On her first day at Italia Conti, she met Louise Nurding and became close friends.

One night, when 16-year-old Kelle and Louise were illegally clubbing one night, they met record producer Denis Ingoldsby, who was starting a girl group. By 1993, Kelle, Louise, Easther, and Vernie formed Eternal.
On September 20, 1993, Eternal released their debut single, "Stay" which peaked at #4 on the UK Singles chart.

When the single was released in the US in March of 1994, it peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40, #13 on Billboard's R&B chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #11 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream.

The song was also successful in Australia, peaking at #3 on the ARIA charts and topped the charts in Japan.
On November 29, 1993, Eternal released their debut album, "Always & Forever." The album peaked at #2 on the UK Albums chart and was certified 4x Platinum by the BPI, selling over 1.2 million copies.

When the album was released in the US in 1994, it peaked at #152 on the Billboard 200, #59 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #5 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart.
Eternal's second single, "Save Our Love" peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart for 7 weeks and #20 on the Irish Singles chart.
Their third single, "Just a Step From Heaven" also peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart, spending 10 weeks on the chart and #26 on the Irish Singles chart.
The group's fourth single, "So Good" peaked at #13 on the UK Singles chart, making it the first of Eternal's three singles to miss the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart.
Eternal's fifth single, "Oh Baby I" peaked at #4 on the UK Singles chart and #11 on the Irish Singles chart. The song spent 7 weeks in the UK Top 20 and #13 weeks on the UK Top 75 chart.

The song was certified Silver by the BPI on January 1, 1995, with sales over 200,000 within the UK.
The last single released from the album, "Crazy" peaked at #15 on the UK Singles chart and #23 on the Irish Singles chart.

This was the only single where all members of Eternal sang lead vocals. (Usually, it was Easther Bennett singing lead vocals).

Another song from Eternal's debut album, "Sweet Funky Thing" peaked at #54 on Billboard's R&B charts in the US. It's unknown how much airplay the song got in the UK.

Eternal was named "Best Group" at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party and were nominated for 4 Brit awards. By 1995, Louise left the group to pursue her solo music career.
In 1995, Eternal released their sophomore album, "Power of a Woman" which peaked at #5 on the UK Albums chart.
The first single, the title song peaked at #5 on the UK Singles chart, #19 on the Irish Singles chart, #8 on the ARIA Charts, and #1 in Japan.

The song was also moderately successful in the Netherlands and Israel. Eternal scored yet another #1 hit in Japan with the single, "Who Are You."
Eternal's second single from the album, "I Am Blessed" peaked at #7 on the UK Singles chart and was certified Silver.

The song also peaked at #7 on the Irish Singles chart, #14 on the ARIA Charts, and #29 in the Netherlands.
A remixed version of "Good Thing" peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart. The song became their 7th Top 10 single on the UK Singles chart.
In 1996, Eternal contributed the theme song to the Disney movie, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" soundtrack, "Someday" which peaked at #4 on the UK Singles chart. Another single, "Secrets" peaked at #9 on the UK Singles chart.
In 1997, Eternal released their third album, "Before the Rain" which peaked at #3 on the UK Albums chart and was certified Platinum, selling over 300,000 copies.
The single, "Don't You Love Me" peaked at #3 on the UK Singles chart and was moderately successful in Australia & Ireland.
Eternal scored their first and only #1 hit with the last single from the album, "I Wanna Be the Only One" featuring gospel singer BeBe Winans.

The song was successful internationally and even certified Gold in Australia & Switzerland. It was also the 3rd most played song on British radio and the most played song on European radio by a UK act in 1997.

The song even earned Eternal a a MOBO Award and a Capital FM Award for "Best Single." It was also nominated for "Best Single" at the BRIT Awards.
When Eternal released their greatest hits album during that same year, Kelle Bryan was controversially kicked out of the group by the Bennett sisters via fax from their solicitor due to "a breakdown in professional communications."

Soon after, Kelle signed a record deal with Mercury Records and began to work on her solo debut album.

She scored a moderate hit on the UK charts with the song, "Higher Than Heaven," but when Kelle was diagnosed with lupus, she decided to leave the label, leaving her debut album unreleased.
One of the singles from Eternal's greatest hits album, "Angel of Mine" peaked at #4 on the UK Singles chart.

In the US in 1998, R&B singer Monica covered "Angel of Mine" which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Easther and Vernie recruited a new member, TJ, who later left after a matter of days.
In 1999, Eternal released their last self-titled album which peaked at #87 on the UK Albums chart.
They released only one single, "What'cha Gonna Do" which peaked at #16 on the UK Singles chart.

Three more singles: "Treat Me Like a Lady," "I Cry Real Tears," and "If She Breaks Your Heart" were scheduled to be released, but the plans were cancelled due to the Bennett sisters deciding it was time to move on to other projects. In 2000, Eternal parted ways with their record label.

While Kelle concentrated on recovering from lupus, she did some various projects and even launched a management company, Red Hot Entertainment.

In 2004, she starred on a celebrity edition of "The Weakest Link." She was also a contestant in the reality show, "Love Island 2006," starred in the music comedy, "The X-tra Factor," and starred in the film, "A Heart Divided." Since 2005, Kelle has been performing in 6 pantomines.

Louise Nurding scored a string of Top 10 singles and albums in the UK along with doing various projects. In 1998, she married football player, Jamie Redknapp.

Louise has also presented a few television shows such as "SMTV Live," "CD:UK," "The Clothes Show," "Something for the Weekend," and the UK version of "So You Think You Can Dance."

In 2004, Louise gave birth to her first son, Charles "Charley" William Redknapp and in 2008, she gave birth to her second son, Beau Henry Redknapp.

As for the Bennett sisters, Easther partnered up with reggae music band, Aswad to record a cover version of Diana King's "Shy Guy" in 2002, but she is now a songwriter, writing songs for various artists such as Girls Aloud.

Vernie went back to studying law after Eternal split up and in 2006, she gave birth to her first child. In August of 2010, she signed to ASM Artist Management.

To see the music video for "Stay," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12q2SZTHsCo

To see the music video for "Save Our Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKf7qfJTE3k

To see the music video for "Just a Step From Heaven," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCmIBlfL_jY

To see the music video for "So Good," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17J18drxq34

To see the music video for "Oh Baby I," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s374QzglSjE

To see a fan-made video for "Crazy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-IUVCsVy1w

To see the music video for "Power of a Woman," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpzgMNlo2i0

To see the music video for "I Am Blessed," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yzibBOrs2I

To see the music video for "Someday," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-04uPm9i4k

To see the music video for "Good Thing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH3EFHFT5xQ

To see the music video for "Secrets," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWYy-vAfRtc

To see the music video for "Don't You Love Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pj9zMGQm04

To see a fan-made video for "Finally," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1zMW-W2ZKQ

To see the music video for "Angel of Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts1qQ8jN8o0

To see the music video for "What'cha Gonna Do," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMmLgx6LSkA

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