Earlier this year, Warner Bros. Records announced that it had signed all-girl pop group L2M to its roster and immediately released their debut single, “Girlz.”
Written and produced by Soulshock (who has worked with Chris Brown and Usher, among others), “Girlz” is featured prominently in the upcoming all-new LEGO® Friends original movie entitled Girlz 4 Life, an extension of the highly popular animated TV episodes that are shown worldwide.
Girlz 4 Life will be available for purchase on Blu-RayTM, DVD, and digital HD from LEGO®, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and M2 Entertainment. The group has recorded a full album of songs, many of which are featured in forthcoming episodes of the LEGO Friends TV shows.
“We are thrilled to have signed L2M to the label” says Warner Bros. Records President, Dan McCarroll. “They are five incredibly talented young girls who have a long and fruitful career ahead of them. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce them to the world.”
The L2M project was masterminded, produced and funded, as was the LEGO® Friends movie Girlz 4 Life, by Danish film, advertising and entertainment entrepreneur Mads Munk. The entire project is spearheaded by veteran music manager and former Jive Records executive Hermione Ross and Creative Director Tim Byrne, whose credits include Syco Entertainment, The X Factor, One Direction, and Fifth Harmony, among others.
Of the girls, Mariangeli, McKenzie, Lexi, Tati and Jenna, Byrne says: “For eleven and twelve year olds they are all quite exceptional. They have that likeability factor, they’re easy to work with, they love each other, and I know the public are going to instantly fall in love with them.”
All five members of L2M (which stands for “Listening 2 Music”) are experienced singers, dancers, and actors, who have undergone intensive recording sessions, vocal and dance lessons, and acting training alongside their daily schoolwork to prepare them for international pop stardom.
Mariangeli, 12, is an exceptional singer who has racked up over 100 million views for her videos on YouTube. McKenzie, 11, is an experienced actress who has filmed for Disney. Tati, 12, is a professional dancer who assists top name choreographers. Jenna and Lexi, both 11, train at the same performing arts school in Dallas, Texas. Jenna is a first class softball player and Lexi designs her own fashion line.
Lego Friends is a product range of the Lego construction toy designed primarily for girls. Introduced in 2012, the theme includes unique “mini-doll” figures, which are about the same size as the traditional minifigures but are more detailed and realistic. The sets include pieces in pink and purple color schemes and depict scenes from suburban life set in the fictional town of Heartlake City.
Today, they released their newest single, “Incredible”:
Learn more about L2M in the following All Access interview with all 5 girls:
What was it like shooting the music video for “Girlz”? It looks like you are all having a lot of fun in it!
Shooting the video for “Girlz” was an amazing experience. I loved being on set and meeting all of the kids that were in the video too!!
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music?
I hope that L2M’s music inspires all to be who they are and to love themselves!
Can you remember the first meeting each other? What was that like?
We clicked instantly and knew that we would be best friends, I remember it because right away we introduced ourselves and went to play hide and seek!
What does the song “Girlz” mean to you?
To me, Girlz is all about girl and boy empowerment and being who you are! It is very upbeat and catchy! I love it!
What do you hope young girls take away from your songs?
I hope young girls feel empowered to go after their dreams! They can be whatever they want to be if they put their minds to it! And I hope they never change for anyone else! Everyone is special. Just be yourself!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about yourselves or your music?
Other then singing, dancing, performing, and acting, I love to play the piano. I also love playing sports and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are play softball, ski, and play sand volleyball. I’m obsessed with my three little nieces and I’m also the youngest sibling in my family (I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers).
How are you all balancing the music with your school work? How does that all work?
Well, I’m home-schooled. So when I’m on breaks or don’t have any tough projects, I brush up on my skills. I also practice all of my skills every weekday at my performing arts studio.
Earlier this year, you released your debut single, “Girlz.” What did that feel like?
That was amazing! It was great to see all the positive reactions to the song and video!
What’s this year been like for you?
Well, this year has been pretty amazing. I recently finished 6th grade and I have been really busy with all of the L2M girls recording music, making videos, and interviews!! But it has all been very exciting!:)
How did L2M first form?
After the course of several auditions all over the country, they selected the final 5 girls and that is us… L2M