It's All A Little Foggy: Following the announcement of their signing to Cash Money, members of Savvy join Cash Money's Slim Williams and attorney Vernon Brown at the Montage Hotel. (From left) Drew Reinartz, Andrew Stern, Shaylen Carroll, Slim, Brown, GiGi LeMaire and Alan Shaw.
Now that they've conquered rap, Cash Money co-CEOs Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Baby" Williams are moving into the pop arena. During a press conference at the Montage Hotel yesterday (Aug. 29) in Beverly Hills, it was announced that Savvy has been signed as the label's first pop group.
The singing and dancing quintet comes with a built-in following: its members also star in the international television comedy "The Wannabes," which is set to premiere in the U.S. on Sept. 5 on Starz Kids & Family (4 p.m. ET/PT). Savvy, comprised of Shaylen Carroll, GiGi LeMaire, Drew Reinartz, Alan Shaw and Andrew Stern, is also in the studio working on its debut album for Cash Money/Universal Republic.
"We started with rap; now we want to expand into different genres," said Cash Money's Slim, who was joined at the press conference by the label's attorney Vernon Brown. "Savvy is a special group. They work hard; we work hard. We saw their energy and felt their passion. With [the addition of] artists like Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolph and now Savvy, we're ready to make Cash Money into a world company."
Hailing from Texas, Savvy came together in 2004 and later headlined Radio Disney's "Feeling Groovy" mall tour. After the group released its first CD, "The Road to Fame," the idea of creating a television series was developed. Launched in 2009 and popular in Australia, Germany, Asia and Latin America, "The Wannabes" follows five high school students who attend a classical arts academy while pursuing their dream of becoming pop stars. Each of the series' 26, half-hour episodes features an original music video. When "The Wannabes" bows Sept. 5 in the U.S., it will be the lead show in the live action programming block for Starz Kids & Family.