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“I can feel a wave beginning behind this group,” said The X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell before Fifth Harmony performed their version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” on the show last year. The music mogul knows talent and chemistry when he sees it. (This is, after all, the man who assembled One Direction.) Cowell decided that individual contestants Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, and Camila Cabello were too special to let go, so at the end of the show’s Boot Camp week, the five young women became Fifth Harmony. With their show-stopping vocals, undeniable charisma, and genuine sisterly bond, the “fearsome fivesome” (as they became known) endeared themselves to viewers across the country. Fifth Harmony delivered electrifying versions of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen,” and Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break,” and revealed their personal journeys to audiences week after week.
Fifth Harmony features vocalists Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Allyson Hernandez, and Dinah Hansen.
“I knew from the girls’ first performance at judges’ homes in Miami that we’d done the right thing,” Cowell says. “The chemistry between the Fifth Harmony girls both on and off stage is fantastic. They are really great girls who have become best friends. They’re fun to be around and most importantly, they are all incredibly talented.”
Since The X Factor wrapped last December, the group’s fanbase has grown rapidly. The covers they post on their official YouTube channel (Rihanna’s “Stay,” Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House”) routinely rack up nearly a million views. Not only does Fifth Harmony trend worldwide nearly every week on Twitter, where the girls engage non-stop with their followers, but the group also draws thousands of female fans of all ages, who call themselves “Harmonizers.” “We don’t really think of them as fans,” Normani says. “They’re more like friends who support us.” The strong bond Fifth Harmony has forged with their audience will serve the group well as they begin to show the world what they can do post X Factor, starting with their debut single “Miss Movin’ On,” an epic, empowering pop anthem about letting go and being independent.
“We want our songs to be fun, positive, and inspiring, and for our vocals to shine through,” says Ally. Adds Lauren: “The songs are a direct reflection of us and what we go through. Because we’ve been able to co-write, we’ve been able to personalize our music and make it relatable.” “We want to be collectively unique and yet show our individuality,” says Normani. Adds Camila: “We’re teenage girls hoping teenage girls can listen to the songs and feel like we’re saying what they want to say.”
“Miss Movin’ On” is just a taste of what’s to come on Fifth Harmony’s upcoming debut album, which the girls say will deal with their issues with guys, having fun with friends, and being yourself. They have been working with Autumn Rose (Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd), Lil’ Eddie (Usher, Pink), Tricky Stewart (Beyoncé, Justin Bieber), Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie), and others. Multi-platinum-selling producer/songwriter Julian Bunetta (One Direction, Natasha Bedingfield), who worked with the girls on The X Factor, is executive-producing the album.
“It has been remarkable to watch these five young women from across America go from being strangers to becoming a true group of friends who all care for and believe in each other,” Bunetta says. “I believe pop music is overdue for a girl group that can represent the young ladies of this new generation. Fifth Harmony is that group.”
All the girls agree that the best thing about being in Fifth Harmony is sharing the experience with one another. “I love that we can all be ourselves and have fun with one another,” Ally says. “It’s nice to know that I can turn to my right and see one of my girls. Because with all of craziness of this business, it’s great to not be alone. We are all having a blast doing what we love.”