June’s Diary is an American girl group formed by singer Kelly Rowland and director/choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. on the American reality television docu-series Chasing Destiny in 2016.
Chasing Destiny was the docu-series in 2016 formed with the help of former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and the famous choreographer/director Frank Gatson Jr. To find a new African American girl group based on talent and sisterhood. During an interview with New York Post Kelly Rowland stated “I felt like there was a void for a girls group in the music industry and this is something that I have wanted to do since Destiny’s Child’s Destiny Fulfilled tour. There were so many girl groups back in the day and now there is only one,” she continues, referring to Fifth Harmony. “I want to show that women can get back to making money together.”
Rowland held auditions for the girl group in three cities, narrowed down from 600 girls to 15 and later choosing the final five consisting (particularly order) Gabrielle “Gabby” Carreiro, Kristal Lyn Smith (originally from the girl group RichGirl) , Ashly Williams, Brienna DeVlugt and Shyann Roberts. However, only DeVlugt, Carreiro and Roberts were selected as top 15. Williams was cut during the auditions but was later brought back by Gatson because he thought that talent was lacking among the top 15. Gatson also added Smith later cause he had worked with her in 2004 with Beyonce during her Grammy Performance. During the process of the show the girls gained media success in May 2016 after a cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” on the Chasing Destiny went viral. The group have supported various artists on tours, such as R. Kelly, Xscape & Jussie Smollett. The girls are ready to hit the road in 2019 and share new music with their fans!