Roommates, back in the day H.E.R. almost joined forces with Kehlani and Zendaya to form a band! OZY founder Carlos Watson recently interviewed the award-winning artist H.E.R. on his show The Carlos Watson Show. During the chat, H.E.R. spilled some details on what could’ve been, but ultimately wasn’t.
So, here’s the story according to Harper’s BAZAAR: Kehlani and H.E.R. have known each other since their childhood days. Together, they used to sing alongside other longtime friends Dylan and Jaden Wiggins. The Wiggins brothers are sons of D’wayne Wiggins from Tony! Toni! Toné!
“Dylan Wiggins, who is D’wayne Wiggins’s son from Tony! Toni! Toné,” H.E.R. said in the interview. “We used to be in a band together. We used to perform together when we were really young and Kehlani was actually in our band. We all use to sing together.”
The three talented stars reportedly ran in the same social circles in California’s famed Bay Area.
“Zendaya was going to be in it at one point. But yeah, they all grew up together. I came into the picture in Oakland, and we used to perform together.”
H.E.R. didn’t offer much in terms of why the trio never fully came together to be in a band. However, the main connector between H.E.R., Kehlani and Zendaya seems to be the Wiggins brothers. At some point throughout their careers, each of these ladies performed with Dylan and Jaden.
As you might already know, Kehlani and the brothers ended up performing on ‘America’s Got Talent’ as the teen group Poplyfe. Other members of that group included Dillon Ingram, Denzel Merritt, and Ali-Khan Lochin, according to Harper BAZAAR. The group ended up landing fourth place in the competitive show’s sixth season.
As Kehlani approached her teens, she parted ways with the band “due to contractual disagreements.” Kehlani went on to build her own lane in the music industry.
Zendaya also came into her own stardom, in particular with acting. She starred in popular Disney channel shows like ‘Shake It Up’ and ‘K.C.’ Undercover.’ In 2012, she even performed with her almost bandmates Poplyfe during her Swag It Out Tour for ‘Shake It Up.’ In 2020, Zendaya won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Rue on ‘Euphoria.’
As we know, H.E.R. has been on the rise and grind since she was a little kid. She captured hearts at age 10 when she dominated singing ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys on the ‘Today’ show. Recently, the vocal master won a Grammy for Song Of The Year with ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ a tribute addressing police brutality.
Roommates, would you be here for a collab album between H.E.R., Kehlani and Zendaya?