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Eternal was a British R&B girl group formed in 1992 with the line-up consisting of Easther Bennett and her older sister Vernie Bennett, with Kéllé Bryan and her friend and classmate Louise Nurding (now known as Louise Redknapp), who were also recruited into the group by the label. The group became an international success, selling around 10 million records worldwide. Louise Redknapp left the group after the release of their debut album to focus on her solo career with the same label. Kéllé Bryan left the group under undisclosed circumstances. Sisters Easther Bennett and Vernie Bennett were the only members left when they disbanded in 2000. Eternal made a brief comeback in 2013, with Kéllé Bryan returning to the group, only for the group to disband once again in 2014. They were considered the UK's answer to the American girl group En Vogue.
|Origin||London, England, UK|
|Past members||Easther Bennett|
Louise Nurding (Redknapp)
Eternal's 1993 debut album Always & Forever peaked at number two on the UK Album Chart and went four-times platinum in the UK. In 1997, they reached number one on the UK Singles Chart with "I Wanna Be the Only One", which won them the 1997 Mobo Award for Best Single. They also received seven Brit Award nominations. In total they achieved 15 UK Top 20 hits between 1993 and 1999, with their other Top 10 hits including "Stay" (1993), "Oh Baby I..." (1994), "Power of a Woman" (1995), "Someday" (1996), "Secrets" (1996) and "Don't You Love Me" (1997). The group reformed as a trio without Louise Redknapp in 2013 for the second series of the ITV2 reality show The Big Reunion, and performed a one-off concert In March 2014.
Eternal were formed in 1992 by music manager Denis Ingoldsby of First Avenue Records, after which Eddie Gordon showed him how the success of En Vogue was built in the United Kingdom. Eternal were quickly signed to EMI Records and released their debut single, "Stay", in September 1993. The song was a success and it reached number four in the UK Singles Chart. Easther and Vernie Bennett were scouted in a nightclub in London and eventually found Louise Nurding. The trio began working together and recording until Louise introduced her longtime friend Kéllé Bryan to the management and joined the group.
1993–95: Always & Forever and Louise's departureEdit
Eternal released their debut album, Always & Forever in November 1993, and it reached number two in the UK Albums Chart. The album sold over one million copies in the United Kingdom, and confirmed as four times platinum, making it one of 1994's biggest selling albums and the year's biggest-selling debut album. They were named Best Group at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party and were nominated for four Brit Awards. Nurding decided to leave the group before the recording of Eternal's second album, and went on to pursue a successful solo career. In a 2014 interview, Vernie Bennett stated that the group were "gutted" when Nurding announced she was leaving and was suggested that Bryan would leave also to form a duo with Louise in which Bryan stated she did not wish to do.
1995–98: Trio line-up: Power of a Woman and Before the RainEdit
Following the departure of Louise Nurding, the group decided not to replace her and carried on as a trio. Power of a Woman was the first album as a trio, and entered the UK chart at number six. Another great success for the group, it produced four hit singles, they were, "Power of a Woman", "I Am Blessed" (which they performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1995), a remixed version of "Good Thing" and a remixed version of "Secrets". All continued Eternal's tally of Top 10 UK hits.
In 1997, Eternal achieved their first ever UK number one, a duet with BeBe Winans, "I Wanna Be the Only One", which became the second most played song on UK Radio in 1997, and stayed at the top spot for one week. It was taken from their third album Before the Rain, which also included "Don't You Love Me". The album peaked at number three in the UK.
Eternal's Greatest Hits package was released in the latter part of 1997 and became the highest-selling Greatest Hits package of the year. In 2013, Eternal's Greatest Hits album was confirmed as being the biggest selling " Best Of" by a girl group in the UK, it peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. It featured their last Top 10 single "Angel of Mine", which reached number four. "Angel of Mine" became an EP which featured four different mixes including a remix by veteran party producer Frankie Cutlass and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's track "Dreams" Feat: Grand Puba and Sadat X.
1998-2000: Duo line-up: Bryan's departure, self-titled album, and splitEdit
In 1998, a week after their Party in the Park performance, Kéllé Bryan was controversially sacked by the Bennett Sisters via fax from their solicitor. Their reasons cited "a breakdown in professional relations". A short time later, Bryan was diagnosed with lupus and was forced to abandon plans for a solo career. "What'Cha Gonna Do" was released from their fourth album Eternal and hit number 16. With lack of promotion, the album charted at number 87. The next single "I Cry Real Tears" was expected to be released in April 2000, with a new version of the song; however, the single was scrapped due to poor sales of the album and Eternal were released from their recording deal with EMI. Internationally, the track "Free to Live" was released and translated to "Libre para vivir" which had moderate success in some European countries. The last televised performance by Eternal was on Songs of Praise in 2000 where Easther and Vernie performed the track "He Is".
2000-13: Post break-upEdit
In 2006, it was announced that Eternal would be reforming for a live reunion tour alongside other acts including Boyz II Men. Although only Easther Bennett and Kéllé Bryan would be part of the project (Vernie Bennett was pregnant at the time and Louise Redknapp was busy with her solo career). In an interview around the time Kéllé Bryan revealed that the band had been offered numerous record deals over the past few years since the band had split up. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the tour was cancelled. In 2011, Vernie Bennett joined online social networking site Twitter. This news gave hope to many fans that eventually Eternal would be making a comeback at some point in the future.
2013–14: The Big Reunion as a trioEdit
Eternal officially confirmed in late 2013 that they would be reforming for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion, although original member Louise Redknapp would not be rejoining the group. Eternal is now Managed by ASM Damage (under their Television Roster). Louise Redknapp confirmed in an interview with The Times that Eternal was reforming without her. She said: "I'm not doing it because I haven't spoken to the girls in, God, 15 years, and I found out they were doing it via the producers of the programme" and wished them well saying "But they'll be great on the Big Reunion, they're such talented girls". Following the announcement of the group's reformation, their 1997 Greatest Hits album climbed to number 1 on the ITunes hip hop chart in January 2014. Following the group's episode airing, their Greatest Hits album entered at number 27 in the official ITunes chart. The group reformed to perform a concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in March 2014, where they performed alongside BeBe Winans for their hit single "I Wanna Be the Only One".
Louise was the first member of the band to leave to pursue a solo career, scoring a string of Top 10 singles and albums and two UK tours from 1995 to 2003. She married footballer Jamie Redknapp in 1998, and she has also presented a number of television shows including SMTV Live, CD:UK and most notably The Clothes Show, Something for the Weekend and So You Think You Can Dance.
Kéllé experienced minor success after leaving Eternal in the form of a no. 14 single called "Higher Than Heaven" in October 1999, but her debut solo album, Breakfast in Bed, was never released. A second single, "I Wanna Know", was cancelled due to further health issues. She went on to launch her own artist management company, Red Hot Entertainment and finished as the female runner up on the reality TV show Love Island. Kéllé appeared in the BBC sitcom series Me and Mrs Jones (2012) with Neil Morrisey. Kéllé, who is now a mother of 2, can be found on Twitter. Kéllé currently stars in Hollyoaks as 'Martine Deveraux', Simone Loveday's sister.
Easther teamed up with reggae band Aswad to record a cover of Diana King's "Shy Guy", which was released as a single in August 2002 and peaked at #62 on the UK Singles Chart. Easther also recorded a solo cover of the classic song "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" which appeared on many "Love" themed compilations around 2002/3 including "The All-Time Classic Tearjerkers". She also features on the Peter Cox cover of the Marvin Gaye song "Your Precious Love". Easther then decided to turn to songwriting and has written for many different artists including Girls Aloud. Easther also sings backing vocals on the Dina Carroll tracks "This Time" and "Don't Be a Stranger" (1993) along with her sister Vernie.
Vernie stepped out of the limelight following the split of Eternal. She went back to finish studying law and, in 2006, gave birth to her first child. In August 2010, Bennett signed with ASM Artist Management. Vernie has performed with her sister Easther at James Ingham's Jog On for Cancer event for Cancer Research UK in 2015. She has also taken her first acting role on stage as Spirit of the Bean and appeared on ITV's All-Stars Mr & Mrs with her husband Bryan. Vernie can be found on Twitter
TJ Arlette joined the group for a few days in 1999 but left and the sisters carried on as a duo. 
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