Bars and Melody

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Bars and Melody
Also known as BAM
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop rap, R&B
Years active 2014–present
Labels Syco Music
Website barsandmelody.tv
Members Leondre Devries
Charlie Lenehan

Bars and Melody (also known as BAM) are a British singing/rapping duo consisting of rapper Leondre Devries ("Bars") and singer Charlie Lenehan ("Melody"). They took part in the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014. During their audition, they were automatically sent into the semi-finals of the competition after the head judge, Simon Cowell, pressed the "golden buzzer," a new feature introduced in the eighth series. They ultimately finished in third place in the series.

After the show, Bars and Melody signed a record deal with Syco Music. Their debut single, "Hopeful", was released on 25 July 2014 and peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart.[1] They brought out a new song, "Shining Star", on 30 July 2014; this was an extra to their acoustic version of "Hopeful".

Bars and Melody released their debut studio album 143 on 21 August 2015.[2] It debuted at number four in the UK. They refer to their fans as "Bambinos."[citation needed]

History

2013–14: Formation and Britain's Got Talent

Devries and Lenehan first met in September 2013 on Facebook, after Devries had seen Lenehan's solo performances. They first met in person in January 2014 and decided to form a music duo as Bars and Melody, or B.A.M.[3]

On 8 February 2014, Bars and Melody auditioned in Manchester for the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent. They performed a song based on Twista and Faith Evans' "Hope", with Devries replacing the original verses with ones protesting against bullying. After the audition, the audience began chanting "Push the gold!" and Simon Cowell responded by pressing the golden buzzer, sending them through straight through to the live semi-finals.[4] Their audition has since been viewed on YouTube more than 100 million times.[5]

Before the semi-finals, the boys were interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the United States, and numerous adverts were posted on Facebook. They advertised Britain's Got Talent and themselves, as well as performing their audition piece.[6] In the BGT semi-final on 29 May, they performed Puff Daddy and Faith Evans' "I'll Be Missing You", coupled with new verses about someone who had recently lost a friend; audience members were given candles to wave during the performance. They won their semi-final and progressed through to the final.[7]

In the final, they performed the song they sang in their first audition and ultimately finished third behind Lucy Kay and Collabro.[8]

2014–present: 143 and "Friday Download"

Despite not winning, it was reported that Bars and Melody were set to sign a £500,000 record deal.[9] On 15 June 2014, it was announced that they had signed an initial one-single deal with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco.[10] The music video of their song "Hopeful" was released on YouTube on 7 July 2014.[11][12] Their debut single was released on 27 July 2014 and went straight to number five on the UK Singles Chart. To promote the song, they appeared on television shows such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain as well as The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1.

Bars and Melody also participated in their first HMV signing tour to promote 'Hopeful'. They released the song "Shining Star", which came out as part of Hopeful Acoustic. In 2015, B.A.M released a new single called "Keep Smiling"; it was released on 16 February 2015 and peaked at 52 in the Official Charts Company. The duo went on their debut headline tour, the 'Stay Strong Tour', in March/April 2015 to preview songs from their then upcoming album. Their third official single, "Stay Strong", coincided with the tour and was released alongside a music video on 6 April 2015. Two physical editions of the CD could be purchased with each one containing an image of either Charlie or Leondre. They also participated in a second HMV signing tour for promotion.

They released their fourth single "Beautiful" in June 2015 alongside a music video. The boys released their debut album, 143, on 21 August 2015. It peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart on 28 August 2015. To promote the album they participated in a third HMV signing tour across the UK. Preceding the album was their 'Summer 2015 Tour' which was a United Kingdom only tour to preview songs from 143. This was followed in November by the 143 Album Tour, their third tour overall but first following the release of their debut studio album. This tour was Bars and Melody's first world tour, featuring dates in Poland and the Netherlands [13]

Following a guest presenting stint in 2014, Bars and Melody appear as main presenters on CBBC show Friday Download. They also participated in the Friday Download movie called Up All Night.

Members

Charlie Lenehan

Charlie-Joe Lenehan-Green (born 27 October 1998) is from Frampton Cotterell, Bristol, England. He lives in Bournemouth with his mother, Karen, and his younger sister, Brooke.[14][14][15]

Lenehan first took to the stage at the age of 11 after starting at The Ridings' Federation Winterbourne International Academy. He was taking part in the school's Rock Island Project, and after forming a band with his schoolmates, was chosen as the singer. Following this, his teachers commented on his talent. According to his mother Karen, a teacher came up to her on parents' evening and asked, "Have you heard your Charlie sing? He's really good." This comment really surprised her, as no one in the family had ever been a singer. After unearthing his hidden talent, his grandfather, Dennis, bought him a microphone and speakers.

Lenehan, also writes his own music, later put up videos of himself singing on Facebook and YouTube, some of which attracted 50,000 hits – and was contacted by Devries, who was impressed with his work. The pair started chatting and in January started to meet up and practice together.

Leondre Devries

Leondre Antonio Devries (born 6 October 2000) is from Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales. He attends the Glan Afan Comprehensive School.[16] Devries lives with his mother Victoria. He has a younger sister, Tilly, and three older brothers, Jacob, Ben and Joey. Joey was part of the boy band Overload Generation who participated in the eleventh series of The X Factor. Devries has spoken openly about his experiences of bullying at a young age.

Previously he rapped solo under the stage name 'Little Dre'.[17][18]

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[19]
143
  • Released: 21 August 2015
  • Label: 143 Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, cassette, vinyl, USB stick
4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

EPs

Singles

Song Year Peak positions Album
UK
[19]
IRE
[20]
SCO
[21]
"Hopeful" 2014 5 56 6 143
"Keep Smiling" 2015 52
"Stay Strong" 53
"Beautiful"

References

  1. "2014-08-09 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 
  2. "143 by Bars & Melody". Amazon. 
  3. Thompson, Melissa (29 May 2014). "Britain's Got Talent: Bars and Melody become global sensations with their anti-bullying message". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  4. Darvill, Josh (10 May 2014). "Britain's Got Talent 2014: Bars and Melody get Simon Cowell's golden buzzer". TellyMix. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. "Bars & Melody – Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act". YouTube. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  6. Heath, Olivia (23 May 2014). "BGT's Bars and Melody are Stateside hit after talk with Ellen DeGeneres". Reveal. (Nat Mags). Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  7. Dassanayake, Dion (29 May 2014). "Britain's Got Talent: Bars & Melody and Lettice Rowbotham book final spots". Daily Express. Northern & Shell. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  8. Percival, Ash (7 June 2014). "Collabro win Britain's Got Talent 2014: 'We thank all of our fans'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  9. Pryer, Emma (8 June 2014). "Britain's Got Talent's Bars and Melody to sign £500,000 US tour deal despite final defeat". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  10. Pryer, Emma (15 June 2014). "Britain's Got Talent rappers Bars & Melody to release single on Simon Cowell's label". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  11. "Bars and Melody – Hopeful". YouTube. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  12. Heath, Olivia (8 July 2014). "Britain's Got Talent stars Bars and Melody unveil 'Hopeful' music video". Reveal. Nat Mags. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  13. "143 Tour Poland". MonseArt. 28 May 2015. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Daily, Western (7 June 2014). "Bristol teenager Charlie Lenehan prepares for Britain's Got Talent final in Bars and Melody act". Western Daily Press. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  15. "Bars and Melody singer Charlie Lenehan welcomed back after Britain's Got Talent final". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  16. SWEPGRoberts (7 June 2014). "Britain's Got Talent 2014: Leondre Devries from Bars and Melody tells all". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  17. "Britain's Got Talent 2014: Bars and Melody open up on their meteoric rise to fame". Wales Online. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  18. McGeorge, Alistair (14 May 2014). "Britain's Got Talent: Leondre Devries doesn't hate the schoolyard bullies". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Bars & Melody". Official Charts Company. 
  20. Peak positions in Ireland:
  21. Peak positions in Scotland:

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