Fifth Harmony member Normani (formerly known as Normani Kordei) has signed a solo deal with Keep Cool/RCA Records (part of Sony Music), the company announced on April 9. She is the first artist for the Keep Cool label, which is led by Tunji Balogun, who will oversee A&R for Normani’s first solo album. The album’s title and release date are to be announced. On March 19, Fifth Harmony released a statement saying that the group is going on hiatus to pursue solo careers. Fifth Harmony's last announced tour date for 2018 is May 16 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Normani originally went by the name Normani Hamilton before changing her stage moniker to Normani Kordei; she is now going by the single name of Normani. She rose to fame as a member of Fifth Harmony, an all-female group that came in third place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012. Normani and the other members of Fifth Harmony (Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello) originally auditioned for “The X Factor” as solo singers, but were put together in a group by “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell, who was the group’s mentor on the show, just like he was for One Direction on the British “X Factor.”
Fifth Harmony, signed to Sony's Epic Records, would go on to become the most commercially successful group to emerge from “The X Factor” U.S. (which was canceled in 2013) and one of the best-selling female groups of the 2010s. Fifth Harmony released three studio albums and seven EPs from 2013 to 2017. The group’s platinum or multiplatinum hit songs include “Worth It" (featuring Kid Ink), “Work From Home” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) and “All in My Head (Flex)” (featuring Fetty Wap). Among the numerous awards that Fifth Harmony received over the years were multiple prizes from the Teen Choice Awards, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, People's Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards. Cabello quit the group in 2016, and has since launched a successful solo career.
In March 2018, the Khalid/Normani duet “Love Lies" was released, and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. According to an RCA press release: “Sonically and stylistically, the song speaks to the direction of Normani’s personal style of making music.”
Normani commented in a statement about her solo career: “I'm so incredibly grateful to be able to be in a place where I can explore myself as an artist and what I’m capable of. Never in a million years did I think I would be in this position in 2018. Everyone has been so supportive and patient, thank you so much to my fans for giving me the opportunity. I'm so thankful to my girls that we created this space among ourselves to explore and branch out creatively. Fifth Harmony has always been and will always be home.”
Outside of Fifth Harmony, Normani is also known as a former contestant of "Dancing With the Stars." In 2017, Normani and dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy came in third place on the show's 24th season. She also works with several charities, including the American Cancer Society, A Place Called Home and the CyberSmile Foundation.