Musicians who became bigger after going solo – As a musician, there are pros and cons to being part of a group. Being famous can get lonely, and if you have a group of people to tour, write music, and perform with, it makes it easier to so often be away from home.
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You also have other people to rely on and motivate you when you need inspiration. But on the other hand, as part of a group, you’ll always have to share the spotlight.
There are plenty of musicians who left a successful band and didn’t do much with their career after that. Or they tried and never got anywhere close to the success they had with their band. Kevin Richardson left the Backstreet Boys in 2006 and did very little in the way of a solo career before returning to the band. Only time will tell how Zayn Malik‘s career will go now that he’s left One Direction, but he has landed a recording deal with RCA records.
Going solo is a risk because there is the chance you’ll alienate your fans, but these 10 musicians managed to do it and became even more successful than they ever would have if they stuck with their original group.
From 1992 until 2001, Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson was a member of the girl group Wild Orchid. During that time they only released two full albums, neither of which were very successful. In 2003, she joined the Black Eyed Peas for a few songs on their album Elephunk, the most popular being “Where is the Love” and “Shut Up”. She was offered a permanent place in the band for the next album Monkey Business which earned them a Grammy award for the song “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”.
Fergie released her solo album The Dutchess in 2006, which included six hit singles and three #1s (“Fergalicious”, “Glamorous”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”.) Despite her solo success, she returned to the Black Eyed Peas to release two more albums. The song “I Gotta Feeling” won them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. Not only did Fergie help make the Black Eyed Peas what they are today, but she also managed to have a successful solo career without ever leaving her band. She’s currently working on her second solo album.
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