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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kéllé Bryan: Higher Than Heaven (UK CDS 1&2) (Mercury, 1999)

Following in the footsteps of Louise, Bryan was the second member of UK girl group Eternal to go solo in 1999. Rumor has it she was forced out of the group and allegedly given her marching orders via fax. Whilst the Bennett sisters carried on as a duo, Bryan signed a solo-deal with Mercury Records and released her first single Higher Than Heaven in 1999. While her former band mates tried to reinvent themselves as the UK's answer to Destiny's Child, Bryan stayed firmly stuck in the fast - or at least on the above release which sounds like an Eternal cast off from the mid 90s. Not fantastic but I am curious as to how the rest of her album might've sounded; the b-side track Two Hearts is not half bad. Though it did enjoy a certain amount of success, sadly due to Bryan's diagnosis with Lupus, plans for any further singles and an album were eventually scrapped and she soon went on to become yet another number with the collapse of the management company 1st Avenue in the late 90s.

CD1
Higher Than Heaven 3:36
Love Revolution 4:47
Two Hearts 3:42

CD2
Higher Than Heaven 3:36
Higher Than Heaven (De Funk Club Mix) 6:03
Higher Than Heaven (Ignorants Mix) 4:21
Higher Than Heaven (Synth Strings, The Video) 3:29

Anybody who is lucky enough to own anything further from this artist - especially a promotional copy of her debut album or a possible sampler - and is interested in trading or selling, please contact me here for possible negotiations.