The Stunners were an American pop girl group, formed in Los Angeles, California in 2007. Originally the members were Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, Marisol Esparza, Kelsey Sanders and Tinashe. In July 2009, after the debut single "Bubblegum", Sanders left the group and was substituted by Lauren Hudson.
2007-09: Beginning and Sanders departure:
In 2007, Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, Kelsey Sanders, Marisol Esparza and Tinashe become friends and forming the group. Six months later, the group signed with Columbia Records and contributed a song to the iCarly soundtrack. The debut single wasn't released and, in 2009, the group left Columbia and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, who also produced a scripted television show pilot based on the group, which was ordered by MTV. In March 18, they released a single titled "Bubblegum" to iTunes along with the official video for the single. The single and video were later removed from iTunes. In July, 2009 Sanders left the group to pursue her acting career and was substituted by Lauren Hudson. In October of that year, the girls released a 5-song EP influenced by Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna On December 13 2009, they appeared on Anything Anything with Rich Russo where they performed an acapella version of "Santa Bring My Soldier Home".
2010-11: The Stunners and split:
In May, 2010 they released a music video for their single "We Got It". The group performed the song on The Today Show as well as The Wendy Williams Show. They signed to Universal Republic Records in 2010 and released the single "Dancin' Around the Truth" which featured the New Boyz to iTunes as well as Top 40 radio stations. The music video premiered June 2, just before the group was announced as an opening act on Justin Bieber's My World Tour. They released a holiday single in December 2010, produced by Desmond Child, and written by the five members of the group, titled "Santa Bring My Soldier Home" and encouraged donations the USO for soldiers overseas, not with their families for the holidays.
They had finished their run after twenty dates on the tour and returned to LA to record new songs with producers and writers such as Toby Gad, The Cataracs, Dave Broome,Livvi Franc, Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal of No Doubt fame. They shot a fourth music video in the desert of California in November for their new song "Spin The Bottle" which premiered on December 31, 2010. A full album along with an official second single titled "Heart Stops Beating", written by Tinashe and Allie and produced by Orange Factory Music was planned, but cancelled when the group split in 2011.
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