LOS ANGELES Ex-Destiny's Child members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson are preparing to take flight in a trio called Angel.
The group has been working with Jagged Edge twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey on demo material in Atlanta, with the hopes of snagging a record deal. Angel's sound is said to be danceable R&B with emphasis on harmonies.
The Casey twins, who are helping out with songwriting and producing, met Luckett and Roberson while Jagged Edge and Destiny's Child toured together a few years back. The ladies appeared as bridesmaids in Jagged Edge's video to "Let's Get Married."
The name of Roberson and Luckett's group will have plenty of resonance for Destiny's Child fans. Destiny's Child became honorary "Charlie's Angels" when they recorded the movie's theme song ("Independent Women Part 1"), and group member Kelly Rowland recently earned her solo wings with a song called "Angel" on the "Down to Earth" soundtrack.
Luckett and Roberson left Destiny's Child in February 2000, filing a lawsuit the following month against Rowland and leader Beyoncé Knowles as well as the group's manager, Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé's father). They reached an amicable settlement with their former bandmates in December, but are still suing the elder Knowles.
Luckett and Roberson are listed among the seven songwriters of Destiny's Child's hit "Say My Name," which won the Grammy for R&B Song of the Year last month, but they did not accept the award with their former bandmates.
Information on the third member of Angel was not available at press time.