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Kéllé Bryan
Born 12 March 1975 (1975-03-12) (age 34)
Genres R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1993-present

Kéllé Bryan (born 12 March 1975, in Lewisham, London, England) is a British singer turned actress and television personality, best known as a member of the girl group Eternal.

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Biography

Aged 11, Bryan joined the Italia Conti Academy stage school, where she completed eight years of performing arts and qualified as a dance teacher. On her first day at Italia Conti, Kelle met Louise Nurding - the pair spent almost everyday together for ten years, and remain friends today. While out illegally clubbing aged sixteen one night, the pair met record producer Denis Ingoldsby, who was forming a girl group[1]

Before finding success with Eternal, Bryan worked as an actor. She has appeared in ITV's The Bill, and on 31 March 1992 she appeared as Debbie in BBC's EastEnders—a college friend of Lloyd Tavernier (Garey Bridges)

In 1993 Bryan and Nurding, together with sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett formed the 1990s award-winning, multi-million selling, chart-topping British R&B girl group Eternal. Eternal sold millions of albums and had many international hits, including 16 consecutive top 15 UK chart singles such as "Stay", "Just a Step from Heaven", "Oh Baby I", "Power of a Woman", "I Am Blessed", "Someday", "Don't You Love Me", "I Wanna Be the Only One" and "Angel of Mine".

After Nurding left Eternal in 1995 to pursue a solo career, the three members continued to enjoy success as a three piece until 1997 when, after the release of their multi-million selling greatest hits package, the Bennett sisters sacked Kelle via a letter from their solicitor. Following her departure from Eternal, Kéllé signed a £1.2 million deal with Mercury Records and began work on her debut solo album, Breakfast In Bed.

Kéllé's first release from the album was the gospel track "Higher Than Heaven", which charted at number fourteen in the UK and was a top three hit on the R&B chart.

A year later, this was followed by a second single, an acoustic, mid-tempo track called "I Wanna Know". There was little promotion or airplay for the single and the release was scrapped.

Following Kéllé's diagnoisis with lupus, she felt she was unable to complete the promotional obligations connected to the release of the album and decided to leave the label.

For a period Bryan hosted the music programme The N List for Nickelodeon with Dave Berry, but in the main concentrated on recovering from her health problems. She excelled in kick-boxing and launched a management company, "Red Hot Entertainment".

In 2004 Bryan appeared as a contestant on a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link

In November 2006, Bryan presented the Urban Music Awards 2006 with Ras Kwame. A year later Kelle co-hosted ITV Play's phone-in quiz programme Glitterball in 2007.

Clips of the album were made available on Kelle's MySpace webpage in 2007.

In 2008, she contributed backing vocals to "I Found Love", the debut single by Lankai. Kelle also had starring roles in the critically acclaimed "Torn", "Rebellion" and the comedy musical "The X-Tra Factor". Kelle will be shortly starring in a new film called "A Heart Divided", playing the part of Michelle. [2]

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Reality Tv

Love Island 2006

In the summer of 2006 Kelle was a contestant on Love Island 2, finishing as the female runner-up.

Dancing On Ice 2010

Kelle Bryan was reported (4/11/2009) by the Sun Newspaper that she is to be contestant on the 2010 Series. She is a stand in for the other celebrities if they are forced to pull out. She recently commented that she would love to do the show.

Pantomimes

Since Christmas 2005, Kelle has starred in the following pantomimes:

Dec/Jan 2005 as "Jill" in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Buxton Opera House

Dec/Jan 2006 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Catford Theatre in London.

Dec/Jan 2007 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Oakengates Theatre, Oakengates, Shropshire

Dec/Jan 2008 as "Princess Jasmine" in Aladdin at the Rickmansworth Watersmeet Theatre

Current Pantomime:

Dec/Jan 2009 as "Cinderella" in Cinderella at the Derby Assembly Rooms

Singles

with Eternal

  • 1993 "Stay"
  • 1994 "Save Our Love"
  • 1994 "Just A Step From Heaven"
  • 1994 "Oh Baby I..."
  • 1994 "Sweet Funky Thing"
  • 1994 "So Good"
  • 1994 "Crazy"
  • 1995 "Power Of A Woman"
  • 1995 "Who Are You"
  • 1995 "I Am Blessed"
  • 1996 "Good Thing"
  • 1996 "Someday"
  • 1996 "Secrets"
  • 1997 "Don't You Love Me"
  • 1997 "Finally"
  • 1997 "I Wanna Be The Only One" featuring BeBe Winans
  • 1997 "Think About Me"
  • 1997 "Angel Of Mine"
  • 1997 "Might As Well Be Me"

Solo

B-Sides & other tracks

with Eternal (Bryan featured on lead vocals)

  • 1994 "Something Inside (So Strong)" ("Crazy" B-Side)
  • 1995 "Up To You" (Power Of A Woman album track)
  • 1995 "Faith In Love" (Power Of A Woman album track)
  • 1996 "When You Wish Upon A Star" ("Someday" B-Side)
  • 1996 "I'm Still Crying" (Before The Rain album track)
  • 1996 "All My Love" (Before The Rain album track)
  • 1996 "Black Cat (live)" ("Secrets" B-Side)
  • 1997 "I'll Take A Pass On Love" ("Don't You Love Me" B-Side)
  • 1997 "Show Me" ("I Wanna Be The Only One" B-Side)

Solo

  • 1999 "Love Revolution" ("Higher Than Heaven" B-Side)
  • 1999 "Two Hearts" ("Higher Than Heaven" B-Side)
  • 1999 "My Heart Wants To Be Where You Are" ("I Wanna Know" B-Side)
  • 1999 "Love And Forgiveness" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "That's Love" (duet with Bebe Winans) (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Wait A Minute" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "No Other Lover" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "You're The One I Need" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Moving On" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Lately" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "So Tired" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Caught In The Middle" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Before I Gave You My Heart" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "I'm In Heaven" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 1999 "Without You Next To Me" (Breakfast In Bed album track)
  • 2000 "Hot (with. Li Li)"

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