H.E.R., Zendaya, and Kehlani Would Have Made Such a Powerful Girl Band
H.E.R. was almost in a band with Zendaya and Kehlani.
In an interview for OZY Fest last Wednesday, the “Best Part” singer revealed to host Carlos Watson that she had known Kehlani from a young age and they used to sing together with some other longtime friends, Dylan and Jaden Wiggins, sons of D’wayne Wiggins from Tony! Toni! Toné!
“Dylan Wiggins, who is D’wayne Wiggins’s son from Tony … we used to be in a band together. We used to perform together when we were really young,” the singer recalled in the interview.
From 2011, the Wiggins brothers and Kehlani were all members of the same teen vocal group, Poplyfe—along with Dillon Ingram, Denzel Merritt, and Ali-Khan Lochin—which rose to recognition on America’s Got Talent when the group placed fourth during the show’s sixth season.
Kehlani, then in her teens, split from the group due to contractual disagreements shortly following the season’s closing, with judge Piers Morgan reportedly encouraging this decision. “You’ve got real talent, but I don’t think you need the group,” he said, according to Billboard.
The group still went on to perform, collaborating with other stars including Zendaya on her Swag It Out Tour for Disney Channel’s Shake It Up in 2012.
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