Solo Artists Who Got Their Starts In Now-Forgotten Bands

Many artists are deep inside the music industry before the masses ever learn their names. Sometimes, future stars are hiding in plain sight while performing in mid-level music groups. Before Pink hit fame in 2000, she was in a girl group called Choice that was signed to LaFace Records. R. Kelly had hits with his group, Public Announcement, and Bjork was an indie rocker in the Sugarcubes before becoming an electronic phenomenon. Which other acts left bands behind to embark on successful solo careers? Read on for more!


Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson, former member of Wild Orchid

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What was Fergie doing between Kids Incorporated and her Black Eyed Peas years? She was in Wild Orchid, a late`90s pop trio (she’s pictured at the right). The group released its self-titled first album in 1996, hitting the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #153. The ladies had well-known songs on soundtracks from 1997’s Fools Rush In and 2000’s What Women Want.

Wild Orchid snagged Billboard and Soul Train Lady Of Soul award nominations for their first LP and opened for Cher’s tour in 1999. Just as Wild Orchid saw its star slowly rise, Fergie got involved with drugs. She left to join the Black Eyed Peas in 2002, while the other members, Renee Sandstrom and Stefanie Ridel, formed a duo act. Wild Orchid officially disbanded in 2003, while Fergie became a chart-topper with the Black Eyed Peas and as a solo artist.

Sandstrom and Ridel still have hands in the entertainment business. Sandstrom records children’s music while Ridel is a songwriter for artists like Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera.

Missy Elliot, former member of Sista (also known as Fayze)

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