WILD ORCHID Biography - Musicians


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Name: Wild Orchid                                                                     
Origin: United States                                                                 
Wild Orchid (1991-2004) was an American vocal group, featuring Stacy Ann               
Ferguson (later of the Black Eyed Peas), Stefanie Ridel and Renee Ilene               
Sandstrom (two of them transplanted from Kids Incorporated).                           
Wild Orchid began while the girls were in their mid-teens; songwriter Bobby           
Sandstrom helped them write and record demos. They eventually signed a music           
publishing deal with Sony Publishing before signing with RCA Records in 1994.         
Their original name was NRG, but due to legal reasons it was changed. The             
original line up included singer Micki Duran, who later left the group.               
Their first single "At Night I Pray" hit the Billboard charts in winter of 1996;       
a video directed by Marcus Nispel, known for his work with Janet Jackson, hit         
heavy rotation on MTV and VH-1. In 1997, Wild Orchid released their self-titled       
debut album Wild Orchid. The largely self-written album sold nearly a million         
units worldwide and included the singles "Talk to Me" (which was included in the       
hit movie Fools Rush In), "At Night I Pray," and "Supernatural." The album             
received two Billboard Award nominations for "Talk to Me," two Lady Of Soul/Soul       
Train Award nominations - one for Album of The Year by A Group, Band or Duo and       
one for Best Music Video for "Talk To Me," and an American Music Award                 
nomination for Favorite R&B/Soul New Artist.                                           
Wild Orchid spent most of 1996-1997 promoting their debut album, making               
appearances on the Ricki Lake show, Access Hollywood, MTV, RuPaul show, Hard           
Copy, VIBE and Soul Train, as well as a guest appearance on the UPN sitcom Goode       
In late 1997, the group toured with 98 Degrees and NSYNC, and released their           
second album, Oxygen which included the single "Be Mine." During a performance         
in New York City, the band invited R&B singer Eric West to appear with the band       
on stage.                                                                             
In 1999, the group performed "Declaration" and "Come As You Are" at the               
fictitious Peach Pit After Dark during the Ninth season of the Aaron Spelling         
primetime soap-drama Beverly Hills, 90210 (episode titled Beheading St.               
Wild Orchid also hosted the Fox Family Family Channel's Saturday morning show "Great   
Pretenders," which featured chart hits lip-synched by everyday kids, while             
competing for prizes. They also went on a 52-city tour with Cher and Cyndi             
In 2001, the group released Stuttering (Don't Say), which reached the Top 40           
chart, and had a concert special on Much Music,called Shout Back, on July 29,         
2001. Shout Back was taped in New York City on Apr. 8th 2001. But the group           
broke up soon after and Stacy joined the Hip-Hop group Black Eyed Peas in 2003         
under the stage name Fergie.                                                           
In 2003 Wild Orchid performed with only Renee and Stefanie. Their album Hypnotic       
failed to make the Billboard charts. Since then, Renee has been doing work as a       
session singer and Stefanie is now a member of the House/Techno duo, 5th Element,     
as well as writing and producing songs for other artists such as the Slumber           
Party Girls.                                                                           
"Talk To Me: Hits, Rarities & Gems" was released by Sony BMG Special Products on       
9/26/06. It is fundamentally a greatest hits package, featuring (all previously       
released) singles and album tracks from WILD ORCHID and OXYGEN as well as the         
lone single from FIRE, "Stuttering (Don't Say)" and its B-side, "Lies."               
In a 2006 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fergie revealed that both               
frustrations with the band's image and personal drug problems led her to leave         
Wild Orchid. However, she met her future Black Eyed Peas bandmate will.i.am at         
one of Wild Orchid's final concert appearances together.                               
Renee is now doing the singing voice for Princess Fiona from Shrek.                   
Stefanie has turned her focus towards writing and producing music. She co-wrote       
and produced all the tracks on the Slumber Party Girls debut album Dance               
Revolution. Along with songs on Joanna's debut CD and 2 tracks on Fergie's debut       
CD "The Dutchess". Stefanie also co-founded the Talent Bootcamp; coaching some         
of todays aspiring music sensations. Stefanie is now in the studio writing and         
producing songs for Prima J's soon to be released debut CD. In the mean time           
Stefanie has written and sang on several tracks from the Bratz Movie Soundtrack.       
As well as lending her voice to the music vocals of Yasmin in the Bratz: The