Discover: G.R.L.


Here at Music Row Girl, I am Pro-Girl Groups and this new one is noteworthy!


G.R.L. (left to right): Lauren, Natasha, Simone, Paula, & Emmalyn

G.R.L. was formed by Robin Antin in February 2013.

Robin-Antin-pc02Robin Antin

Robin, or as I like to call her: the Fairy Godmother of girl groups, was the lady responsible for forming The Pussycat Dolls, Girlicious, and The Paradiso Girls.

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The Pussycat Dolls (original members), Girlicious, & The Paradiso Girls

What I thought was originally cool about G.R.L. is that I feel like I already know them kind of…well at least 2 of them!

G.R.L. features 2 girls that I’ve known from former exposure to the music industry’s limelight. The 5 member girl group features Lauren Bennett (a former member of The Paradiso Girls) and Simone Battle (who almost got to the Top 12 on the US version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor).

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 11.28.33 AMLauren (British beauty who often dons the UK flag) & Simone (X Factor alum)

Although being a member of two girl groups isn’t all that Lauren Bennett is known for…she was also the girl featured in “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO!!!

I will insert that song here, because I’m sure you’ve never heard it! 😉


As for the other 3 G.R.L. members, I can tell you that Paula was on Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance, she danced in the movie Burlesque alongside Christina Aguilera & Cher, and she was in the re-formed version of The Pussycat Dolls.

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Paula on SYTCD, on the Burlesque set, and now: still rocking the short hair 🙂

Emmalyn Estrada is a Canadian pop singer of Filipino descent which is a pretty amazing thing! 🙂 And she can do “Cups” which I highly respect…

I’ve never heard or seen “Knife song” and that made me squirm! OMG

And last, but not least: Natasha Slayton began dancing at age four, studied piano and music theory at eight, and starting writing songs at nine! She began acting professionally at age 9 too and appeared in several TV shows including playing William H. Macy’s daughter on the animated show The Lion Hearts! She also took up guitar at 13 and performed her own soulful, acoustic songs at live music venues around L.A., including The Troubadour and The Knitting Factory! Gosh! Talk about talented!!!

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The ever-talented Natasha then & now 😀

So there is a fair share of talent in the group and it sure seems like Robin Antin chose the right girls for the job!

On June 16th: G.R.L. released their debut single “Vacation”:

I want to high five the person who made them sing “new” like that! LOL 🙂

You’ve got to love the video considering there is a stack of multicolored pancakes and an appearance from Paul DiGiovanni of my beloved boy band Boys Like Girls. If you have the chance to see them…RUN don’t WALK! They played my favorite show so far in Nashville, and in this town: that’s saying A LOT! 😉

51903_446775838694140_1773549374_oHe was SO nice! 😀

“Vacation” was included on the soundtrack for the animated movie The Smurfs 2 so congratulations girls!! It also goes down in history as the “first material” AKA first song released by G.R.L.


The girls have confirmed that they are working with superstar producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Darkchild, and Lukas Hilbert, for their debut album which is set to release sometime in 2014!

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Left to right: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Darkchild, & Lukas Hilbert

On January 28th it was announced on G.R.L.’s Facebook page that “Show Me What You Got” will be included on the 49th volume of the Now That’s What I Call Music! 🙂

G.R.L. are featured on Pitbull’s new single, “Wild Wild Love” too:

Pitbull is so lovable! My goodness, I love that guy! HAHA 😀

On March 14, the girls performed at the iTunes Festival at SXSW, and opened for the incredible DJ Zedd and their new friend Pitbull.

GRL2Robin Antin scored big with this one and I’m sure that they got great exposure 🙂

At the festival, G.R.L. performed the songs “Girls Are Always Right”, “Show Me What You Got”, “Vacation”, “Rewind”, and “Ugly Heart”. Then they returned to the stage to join Pitbull for “Wild Wild Love” 🙂

pitbull-grl-jimmy-fallon__oPtThat’s the only picture I’ve ever liked from Perez Hilton! LOL 😀

The girls went to see fellow Smurfs 2 soundtrack girl, Britney Spears, in Las Vegas last night and even had a performance of their own at the Flamingo!!!

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 12.26.02 PM“Watching our idol BRITNEY perform!!! @britneyspears”

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“Had wayyyyyy too much fun today performing at @flamingovegas”

Check out their official website:





I hope their album comes out soon because I can hardly wait!!! 😀



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