G.R.L. is a multi-platinum selling girl group formed by Robin Antin. The group consists of members Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton and Jazzy Mejia. Past members included Simone Battle, Emmalyn Estrada, and Paula van Oppen.
They made their debut appearance on the Smurfs 2 soundtrack with “Vacation”. They then joined Pitbull’s on his internationally successful track “Wild Wild Love” which peaked in the top-40 in the United States, top-10 in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum in Australia and Canada and by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Their self-titled EP, G.R.L. reached international success going platinum in the U.K. and 4X platinum in Australia. Their single “Ugly Heart” gained international success and debuted ARIA Singles Chart at forty-one, before peaking in the top ten at number 2, becoming the group’s most successful single to date, being certified 4× platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The song peaked at number ten on The Australian 2014 Year End charts, certifying platinum. The track reached a peak position of number 3 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.
Tragically, in September of 2014, as the group was reaching new heights - they were halted by the death of one of their own, Simone Battle. In January 2015, the group released a single in honor of Battle titled “Lighthouse”. Along with the single, the group announced a new campaign with Give an Hour called G.R.L. Gives an Hour, which was dedicated to raise awareness about mental health issues in America. G.R.L. Gives an Hour later became an associate campaign of Michelle Obama’s Change Direction. “Lighthouse” gained international chart success. The Girls then went on to open for Meghan Trainor on the Australian leg of her ‘That Bass Tour’.
The group disbanded shortly after, on June 2, 2015. The group officially reformed on August 5, 2016. when the addition of new member Jazzy Mejia was announced, officially making the group a trio.
“We are happy to announce that we are back! We have received so much love and support already from the fans of GRL and for that we are so grateful. GRL’s journey thus far has had incredible highs and lows, we’ve definitely been through so much as a group and by no means has it been easy for us. After the heartbreaking loss of Simone, a beautiful soul gone far too soon, we are unsure about whether to continue but ultimately we know we can’t give up on this, as we want to spread the message of strength and resilience no matter what obstacles come our way because this is what we love to do. We are so excited to introduce our amazing fans to our newest GRL sister, Jazzy Mejia. We are so honored to be able to offer her this special opportunity, as she has been a devoted fan of GRL since the beginning, and now will be living out her dreams of performing on stage as a REAL GRL! Besides her raw talent, she is kind hearted and willing to put in the work necessary to make GRL greater than ever. Last night’s performance was a teaser of what is to come, but you can see us at our first big performance back with “Nickelodeon Slimefest” in Australia which we will be prepping and rehearsing for over the next month… We are so excited to be back and doing what we love – performing and making music! We cannot wait to be back on stage!”
The group is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in the fall, and are in the planning stages of a G.R.L world tour in 2017.