Get a behind the scenes look at the lives of the Lylas from our crew’s perspective with these exclusive details from our producer’s notebook. In these notes written during Aloha, L.A., our crew spent time with the Lylas in the recording studio, their house in Hawaii and during their move to L.A.
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It’s no secret that The LYLAS have a very famous brother. It’s also no secret that they can sing, have a great sense of style and exude confidence. However, there are a few things that you don’t know about them…until now, that is! The girls are sharing some little-known facts, desires and secrets!
Check out some of the most interesting things about The LYLAS and don’t miss the premiere on Friday, November 8th at 9|8c on WE tv.
- Jaime’s very first job was working at Baskin Robbins.
- Tiara is afraid of the dark. Terrified, actually.
- Presley is a reality TV junkie.
- Tahiti was a chubby tomboy growing up.
- Tiara can skateboard and surf.
- Presley hates Halloween. (Although you wouldn’t know it! Check out these Halloween photos!)
- Jaime has what she calls “a potato chip addiction.”
- After growing up chubby, Tahiti is now a self-proclaimed “health fanatic.”
- A right of passage for many, Presley has never been to a high school dance or prom.
- An all-natural water birth set the scene for Jaime’s first son, Marley, to enter the world. However, her second boy, Jaimo, was born six weeks pre-mature.
- Although she loves singing, Tiara had a totally different career path: She was once a pre-school teacher.
- Believe it or not, Tahiti claims that she wants to be a mermaid.
What are the names of SWV’s talented women?
Answer: Coko, Taj and Lelee
What was the name of SWV’s debut album that went double platinum in its first year?
Answer: It’s About Time
What SWV number 1 hit used samples from Michael Jackson’s Human Nature?
Answer: Right Here
What hit song in 1993 established this trio as a force in the R&B world?
Answer: I Am So Into You
What year was SWV nominated for “Best New Artist” at the Grammys?
Watch this throwback video of one our favorite SWV songs and be sure to catch Sisters With Voices on WEtv in a new series coming in 2014.
Jaime, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley uprooted themselves and pushed their relationships to the test in the new series, The LYLAS. The WE tv cameras were there to capture all of the drama – from fights over practice time to tears over an unexpected death – but there are a few things that you wouldn’t know unless you were there. Go behind the scenes with exclusive producer’s notes to find out some of the most interesting facts about the girls and don’t forget to tune in for the premiere on Friday, November 8 at 9|8c.
- Tahiti insisted on driving all the time. In fact, you will see Tahiti drive in most scenes on the show. But her sisters couldn’t stand her driving and often complained about it.
- While living in their new LA home, Presley was so afraid of the broken lights flickering outside the house at night, production had to permanently shade the windows for the rest of the shoot.
- The family plays croquette as if they’d been playing their whole lives. But in fact, the only reason they play is Bernie found a croquette set in the garbage. And the family plays so much they’ve now adopted the past time as a way to solve disputes with each other.
- Growing up, Bernie taught the girls cursing was wrong. But if the girls cursed and they truly meant it, it was allowed.
- While on set, Presley’s love of animals was very apparent when she talked about wanting to open a dog shelter and a homeless shelter in one location. The homeless people would have to take care of the dogs to pay for their room and board.
- During production, the sisters were having a water balloon fight and Tahiti was very upset about this fun playtime because she insisted the water in the balloons was making her sick.
- The girls hated walking up the front stairs to the house so much so, they would use production stairs at the back of the house since there were less steps.
WE couldn’t wait to share the first sneak peek of the new WE tv series, SWV. This will NOT disappoint. Keep following us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know everything about the new series coming in 2014!
Will & Grace has found a home on WE tv, and it seems like this was JUST what our avid fans needed. Since starting back in September, WE have received an overwhelming amount of tweets thanking us for the new edition. WE must admit… WE are just as happy as you are.
— Alicia L Booth (@ALBee115) October 23, 2013
— Shawna Levins (@SShawna_LLevins) October 23, 2013
— Sara M. Medina (@_SaraMedina_) October 23, 2013
— Gina (@geena1029) October 23, 2013
— Christina (@DMBamore) October 23, 2013
And then there is that moment when @WEtv goes from Will and Grace to the Departed. My inner gay and inner fangirl are at peace.
— Katy Chung (@VeganCinephile) October 22, 2013
— Melissa (@DannysTrouble) October 21, 2013
The music industry is no stranger to sensational girl groups taking over. Although their music styles and personalities may vary, they all share one thing in common; their sisterly (sometimes literally) bond. Take a musical trip through time with all your favorite throwbacks here. But first, look into the history of popular and often legendary female music groups:
1. The Supremes, 1960
The first all-girl group to achieve worldwide commercial success and one of the most well known groups in history.
2. Salt N Pepa, 1985
One of the first all-female rap groups who gave women a voice in hip-hop and brought controversial issues into the popular conversation.
3. SWV, 1990
Also known as Sisters With Voices, this group was one of the most successful gospel/R&B groups of the 90s. You can watch SWV on WE tv in 2014.
4. TLC, 1991
The biggest selling R&B girl group of all time, TLC achieved unprecedented success in the ’90s.
5. The Spice Girls, 1994
This British sensation revolutionized pop music and became the biggest selling all-female group of all time.
6. The Braxtons, 1996
The Braxton sisters made a splash on R&B scene in the ’90s. Their cover of Diana Ross’ song, “The Boss,” was No. 1 on the USA Dance charts. You can watch the Braxtons on WE tv.
7. Destiny’s Child, 1997
This insanely popular girl group rivaled TLC for the biggest selling R&B girl group and gave rise to superstar Beyonce.
8. Mary Mary, 2000
These two sisters are a multi-Grammy winning gospel duo. You can catch Mary Mary on WE tv.
9. The Pussycat Dolls, 2003
This pop and dance girl group have had best selling albums, several No. 1 hits and achieved worldwide fame.
10. Danity Kane, 2005
Formed on P.Diddy’s “Making the Band 3,” this group became the first girl group to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts. They broke up in 2009 but WE were all excited to hear the announcement of their reunion at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
11. The Lylas, 2013
And last but not least, these adorable sisters come from a talented family of singers including pop sensation Bruno Mars. They hope to step out of their brother’s shadow and make their mark on the music world. Follow their rise to success on WE tv this fall!
Reminiscing about your favorite girl band songs? Click here to hear some in our Sisterly Girl Band Timeline video gallery.
WE tv has been (impatiently) awaiting the premiere of The Lylas for what seems like FOREVER, and it seems like our fans feel the same way. With only just under 3 weeks left, fans are starting to really get excited to see Jaime, Tahiti, Presley and Tiara step into the spotlight and out from their famous brother’s shadow. Like Tahiti says… “Love you Bruno but this is about us.” Join in the conversation surrounding #TheLylas and like our official Facebook page.
— Alex A Villalobos (@13DoubleAV88) October 16, 2013
@THELYLAS are the most beautiful sisters I have ever seen. Going to be my new show
— Celeste (@DrzCelestial) October 16, 2013
Per my last tweet, gonna be interesting when @THELYLAS show hits the scene. Doing a read on the show. Supporting these beautiful chicks!
— ✨Sonja Marie✨ (@sonjamarieartis) October 16, 2013
— KT Hooligan (@NotesForBruno) October 15, 2013
Just had a dream of @THELYLAS show! And I'm sooooo excited for it!!! Nov.8 Nov.8 Nov.8
— jessica hazen suratt (@jahsss) October 15, 2013
Bridezillas has been part of our lives for TEN years, so it was hard to wrap our heads around a Bridezillas-free world. How were we going to stay in the loop on all the cake smashing, veil ripping, screaming, yelling, fighting, cussing, etc? Will these brides just go off into the sunset never to be seen again? WE doubt it…
But, the fact is that Bridezillas has come to an end. So, WE gave it the sendoff WE thought it deserved. One last hurrah so to speak. WE through a bachelorette bash worthy of Bridezillas with glowing bling rings, tiaras, mustache glasses, boas, sashes, and A LOT of beads. Since WE have shared ten years of Bridezillas with you, WE thought WE shouldn’t stop now. Check out some of the photos from our Bridezillas Bachelorette Bash
Sister Act 2 will be airing on WE tv tonight and guess who makes a guest appearance in the movie? Our very own Erica from Mary Mary. WE asked Erica about her time while filming and she reminisced about arriving on set for the first time, meeting Whoopi Goldberg and talking to Lauryn Hill:
When Erica got the call about the movie she was so excited to get to show off her singing talent on the big screen.
“Sister Act 2 was my very first time being in a movie! A wonderful lady named Iris Graves-Howse somehow found me and asked if I would be a part of an extra choir they needed for the competition scene in the movie. Who would say no to that? Not me! I had been singing in my church choir and my college choir and couldn’t wait for a real chance to be on the big screen,” Erica said.
Erica was so overwhelmed by the opportunity it brought tears to her eyes.
“I had a trailer with my name on it, and cried when I got in the dressing room, I was so happy and overwhelmed! Being able to watch Lauryn Hill and Whoopi Goldberg and all the amazing people in the film was so exciting for me,” Erica explained.
The most memorable part of the experience for her was getting the chance to meet so many talented people.
“All the kids in the movie were so cool; I remember meeting Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kathy Najimy. I even got a chance to sit and talk to Lauryn Hill between takes while they changed camera angles. She told me about her new group and that their first CD was coming out and how excited she was,” Erica laughed about this. ” That group was the The Fugees.”
Erica looked back on the experience fondly. She sang her heart out and owned her role.
“…Good Memories. You couldn’t tell me nothing! I was big time,” she said with a smile.
Make sure you catch Erica in Sister Act 2 tonight at 8/7c and again at 10:30/9:30c.