Girl group looking to strike it ‘Rich’

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Richcraft/Jive Records newly signed quartet, Richgirl, is determined to make their musical mark on the ever-changing R&B/Pop scene. With a lineup of four diverse singers–Audra, Lyndriette, Seven and Brave–who hail from various areas of the cou

Richcraft/Jive Records newly signed quartet, Richgirl, is determined to make their musical mark on the ever-changing R&B/Pop scene. With a lineup of four diverse singers–Audra, Lyndriette, Seven and Brave–who hail from various areas of the country, this creation by hitmaker Rich Harrison (Amerie, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige) has stepped to the forefront to fill the music industry’s girl-group void. Together for three years, Richgirl is currently working on their debut album, and their new video "He Ain’t Wit Me Now (Tho)" is in constant rotation on various music stations.

Each vocalist took a different path in becoming a member of Richgirl. Brave and Lyndriette, for instance, were 15 when they first started working with Harrison, who later invited them to join. Audra auditioned for the group after receiving an e-mail, and Seven was actually invited to become a Richgirl after Harrison listened to her music on MySpace.

Don’t get misled by their name though. These ladies are anything but materialistic. As Audra explains, “Richgirl is a metaphor. A lot of times, people put an ‘s’ on it, like it’s ‘The Rich Girls,’ but it’s singular for a reason. It’s a word that speaks to every woman, every strong woman, every confident woman, a woman who’s rich in her faith, who’s rich in her spirituality and her God-given talent. It has nothing to do with what’s in your bank account.”

Richgirl talked to the Defender about working with Harrison, how they keep the chemistry flowing and what they do to live against that girl-group stigma.

CD: Rich Harrison has a pretty established career. Did any of you feel intimated by his success or nervous about working with him?

Lyndriette: Actually, I was a little intimidated. I wanted to work with Rich for a very long time, so when I finally got in the studio, I was kind of nervous, but I quickly got over it. He really knows how to make you feel comfortable in the studio. Everything that I thought it would be, it actually wasn’t; it was a whole lot better.

Brave: Rich really took his time to get to know us individually, and that made it easier because he was able to relate. I have to say that I wasn’t intimidated only because he really took time to learn us vocally and produce records so that each of us can showcase our talent.

Audra: I was intimidated, but I knew at the same time that I needed Rich. He could be the person to bring my career to the next level. When the situation with Rich came up, I was nervous because I knew I couldn’t mess this up.

CD: How is the chemistry between all of you?

Brave: We’re like four sisters. It’s so much fun being in a group with these women. From day one, I felt like the chemistry was always on point.

Audra: I think we’re still constantly learning about each other because we’re still learning about ourselves. We’re just starting our business. We’re growing together, which makes us even closer.

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