Destiny’s Child for the 21st century? That was one of the remarks heard after a gathering of industry executives, songwriters, producers and tastemakers listened to the vibrant three-part harmony belted out by new female trio ID4GiRLS. Signed to Virgin Records, the group is comprised of fraternal twins Sydney and Shelbi Schauble and Kennedy Stephens, all 12-years-old.
Virgin chief creative officer & executive VP Ron Fair on Jan. 29 welcomed those gathered at Capitol Records’ Studio B, calling ID4Girls “a big priority for the label” and also noting, “we are open for business.”
Guests included Universal Music Publishing’s executive VP Monti Olson and senior VP Donna Caseine, songwriter/producers Bryan-Michael Cox, Rodney Jerkins and Mike City, Primary Wave West Coast president Tom Maffei, singer/songwriter Priscilla Renea. Also on hand was industry icon Clarence Avant, whose son Alex Avant manages ID4Girls through his AL Star Entertainment.
A short video EPK introduced ID4GiRLS, who sang the National Anthem at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony in Washington, D.C. last August, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington.
That was followed by an uptempo R&B/pop song the group has recorded called “Good & Evil.” Then the ladies themselves—also signed to Creative Artists Agency—took the floor with soaring a cappella interpretations of Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” and the Smokey Robinson-penned classic “Who’s Lovin’ You.”