Electrik Red is a contemporary R&B girl group comprising Kyndra "Binkie" Reevey, Lesley Lewis, Naomi Allen and Sarah Rosete. The members began their individual careers as back-up dancers in New York City and Toronto. The group formed in 2005 and signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2008. Their music is mainly written and produced by songwriter The-Dream and his production partner Tricky Stewart.
Electrik Red is made up of two sets of childhood friends, Reevey and Lewis from New York City and Allen and Rosete from Toronto. While working as back-up dancers for Usher in his 2004 Confessions tour, Reevey and Lewis asked Rosete if she wanted to be a part of their girl group. Rosete agreed to join, but requested that they meet her best friend, Allen, who they "fell in love with" and invited to join as well. The group moved to Los Angeles, where they began working with different producers, including Shannon "Slam" Lawrence and Rodney Jerkins. The quartet officially convened as Electrik Red in 2005.
The four group members continued to work as professional dancers, individually appearing in videos for Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Akon, Ludacris, Chris Brown and in the film Dreamgirls. After individually performing as dancers and models, they appeared together in Ciara's video for "Like a Boy". In late 2007, Allen and Rosete were cast in the video for The-Dream's single "Shawty Is a 10". Shakir Stewart, then the Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings, organized an audition for the group with label chairman L. A. Reid, and the group was signed to Def Jam on February 23, 2008. Shakir Stewart then organized a meeting for the group with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, who cosigned Electrik Red to their Def Jam-affiliated label, Radio Killa. The-Dream and Tricky Stewart then became the group's executive producers for their debut album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1, which was released on May 26, 2009. The group explained the album title as a "play on the stereotype of what a lady is supposed to be, how she is supposed to act and what she is supposed to say. We're bringing a new age woman to the world." The group wanted to show that it was "okay to be different".
How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 has spawned three singles, "Drink in My Cup", "So Good", and a remix of "So Good" featuring Lil Wayne. Music videos were filmed for "Drink in My Cup" and "Friend Lover," with both directed by Marc Klasfeld. Another video was shot with Lil Wayne for the "So Good" remix.
As of early 2010, Electrik Red is recording their second album with guests and producers including Joi Starr, R. City (Pussycat Dolls), Midi Mafia (Fantasia) and others. The group premiered a new track at the E World Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 27, 2010, titled "I'm That Chick". On February 3, 2010, a two-minute teaser sample of the track was released via YouTube and about a month later, the full track was released via the Twitter account of group member Lesley Lewis. On July 1, 2010, Binkie confirmed that the album would have a new sound, and that it would be the second part of the How to Be a Lady volumes.
On January 22, 2011, Electrik Red announced an upcoming European tour via Twitter. On Valentine's Day February 14, 2011, Lesley premiered a one-minute teaser sample "Bra's and Panties" via YouTube. Later Lesley confirmed the label would not allow them to release "Bra & Panties". The group then released "Africa (Put Cha Money On It)" which received positive reviews from fans. Near the end of 2011 Electrik Red remade the song "That's My Bitch" by rappers Jay-Z & Kanye West.
Since the debut of their first album, Electrik Red has been in the studio working on their second album which has an unknown release date.
Member Naomi Allen will be featured on the single "Take Me" by producer Kingdom on July 26, 2011.How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 (2009)
How to Be a Lady: Volume 2 (TBA)
"Drink in My Cup"
"So Good"/(Remix featuring Lil' Wayne)
"Electric City"/"Top Rankin'" (2006)
"Drink In My Cup" (2008)
"Friend Lover" (2009)
"So Good" (Original) (2009)
"So Good" (Remix) (featuring Lil Wayne) (2009)
The "So Good" remix video peaked at No. 6 on BET's 106 & Park."Electric City"
"On You" (Put It On Me)
"Rush Into It"
"Eye On You"
"Glamour Girl" (Produced By: Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins)
"Imma Cheat" (Christina Milian Demo)
"Africa (Put Your Money On It)"
"I'm That Chick"
"That's My Bitch(Remix)"
"Black Chix" (Rucka Rucka Ali ft Electrik Red)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (film) – Binkie – Dancer
Delirious (2006 film) – Binkie – Dancer No. 2
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit- Season 3, Episode 4 "Rooftop" – Binkie – Tanya
Step Up 2 The Streets – Binkie – West Coast Rider
Dreamgirls (film) – Lesley – Stepp Sister
Just Jordan – Lesley – Britney
Viva Laughlin – Lesley – Casino Dancer
"Cape Sin" – Naomi – Friend
From G's to Gents – Naomi – Writer/Producer
Honey (2003 film) – Naomi – Miscellaneous Crew
The Comebacks – Sarah – Fantasy Dancer