Honeyz

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Honeyz

Have the Honeyz “Finally Found” what they were looking for? Remember them now?

The Honeyz were a British female trio of soul/R&B vocalists at the end of the 1990’s. There have been a number of line up changes, but the best known combination comprised Célena Cherry (b.1977), Heavenli Denton (b.1974) and Naima Belkhiati (b.1973), who performed their biggest and best known hits. They were signed to Mercury Records in 1997 as the UK’s alternative to Destiny’s Child and in August 1998, released their debut single, “Finally Found”. The song went to No.4 in the UK and received a Silver certification, as well as being a top ten hit across Europe and in Australia as well.

They released their debut album, “Wonder No.8” in November, which would eventually gain a Gold certification for sales of 100,000 copies in their home country. The following month, their second single. “End Of The Line”, followed “Finally Found” into the UK top five as well as being a big hit in Ireland and topping the UK R&B chart. 1999 saw two further UK top ten hits with “Love Of A Lifetime” (NO.9) and the double A sider “Never Let You Down/Won’t Take It Lying Down” (No.7), which reached No.2 on the R&B chart. But by the end of the year, Denton was gone, to be replaced by Mariama Goodman (b.1978).

Goodman recorded “Not Even Gonna Trip” for the film ‘Nutty Professor 2’ in 2000, which made No.24 on the UK chart before departing, only to see Denton return to the original line up! They recorded and released “I Don’t Know” (UK No.28) and “Talk To The Hand” in 2001, but following the lackluster success of the latter, the band were dropped by Mercury. Cherry and Denton reformed the group with Candace, Célena’s younger sister, in 2006, although after just twelve months, Denton was gone again and Goodman was back! Confusing? The three toured over the next two years and split in 2009. But, in 2012, a new combination of Cherry, Denton and Goodman reformed the The Big Reunion tour along with Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, Blue and Liberty X for a fourteen date arena tour of the UK, which sold out in no time.

But this wasn’t to last. In time honoured tradition, Denton was off again in 2014, leaving, for the first time, Honeyz as a duo of Cherry and Goodman. They wrote and recorded a new song, “Definitely Something” in 2015, but shortly after, gave up the ghost and went into ‘retirement’, again! in 2018, Célena Cherry auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, telling Simon Cowell, “I used to be in a girl group called the Honeyz”. Now that really is the end of the line!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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