Their debut single Finally Found, released in August 1998, introduced the angel-voiced trio to the British public and went on to sell more than half a million copies. The follow-up, End of the line notched up similar sales figures, peaking at number 5. Their debut album Wonder No. 8 went gold in the UK with sales of over 200,000 copies.
Aside from their success in the United Kingdom, they performed with a full live orchestra in The Netherlands, to 8,000 people at Childline in Dublin, duetted with Lionel Richie in Italy, and saw their first two singles, Finally Found and End of the line, go double platinum in Australia. In the United States, they signed to Def Jam/Island, providing backing vocals to a Foxy Brown track and also worked with producer Stevie J (Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox, Puff Daddy).
The gap left by Heavenli's departure opened an opportunity for former Solid HarmoniE vocalist Mariama Goodman. Her arrival was announced exclusively on BBC 1's Live & Kicking on 10 April 1999, just in time for the release of the group's third single "Love of a Lifetime", which reached number 9 later that month. The new line up performing over the Summer of 1999, at venues including London's Mardi Gras and Capital Radio's Party in the Park concert in Hyde Park in July. At the radio extravaganza, performing in front of 100,000 people, the Honeyz sang their hits "Finally Found" and "End Of The Line", before duetting with Another Level on the Help A London Child single "Holding Back The Years". This was followed later in the month by a performance at the 'Wicked Women' concert in Hyde Park, in aid of Breast Cancer Research. In September, the Honeyz supported Five at London's Brixton Academy and Manchester Apollo, in special one-off events organised in conjunction with Cadburys and MTV.
October 1999 saw the release of their fourth single, "Never let you down", a new track recorded for inclusion on a repackaged version of the Honeyz debut album, Wonder No. 8, and the first single to feature the vocals of Mariama. The single entered into the UK Singles Chart at number 7, making it a fourth consecutive Top 10 hit for the group.
The Honeyz performed another newly recorded album track, "Won't take it lying down", at the prestigious MOBO Awards, held on 6 October 1999 in the Royal Albert Hall, where they had picked up two nominations in the 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best R&B Act' categories. "Won't take it lying down" went on to be released at the end of February 2000, reaching number 7. It became the last Top 10 single the Honeyz would achieve.
By Summer 2000, a new song had been recorded, which was confirmed as not only the first single to be taken from a planned forthcoming new album, but also a chosen single from the Nutty Professor II: The Klumps original soundtrack, with the Honeyz featuring on the UK version alongside Sisqó and Janet Jackson. The single was called "Not even gonna trip" and was initially scheduled for release in late September 2000.
It was during the run up to the single release, in August, that Mariama Goodman announced her departure from the Honeyz. Célena and Naima were faced with an uncertain future, but a chance meeting with former member Heavenli Abdi proved that the original spark between the three friends was still there despite her sudden departue a year previously, and an invitation to rejoin the group was accepted. Heavenli's vocals for the new single "Not Even Gonna Trip" were recorded and the official announcement of the renewed line up was made on ITV's flagship children's programme SMTV/CD:UK, on Saturday 19 August 2000, along with a performance of "Finally Found", poignant in that it was the first ever performance by a band on CD:UK on its launch almost two years earlier to the day, on 20 August 1998.
Not even gonna trip failed to reach Top 20 by the time it was released in late October, peaking at #24. After this, the Honeyz worked hard on their second album.
Almost a year after the return of Heavenli, the group released new single I Don't Know on the 5 August 2001, but with minimal exposure and promotion, the track did not chart as high as their previous single, stalling at number 28.
The group released another single - a song titled "Talk to the Hand" - in late 2001. A video was filmed and was got played on major channels such as MTV Hits. However Mercury Records suddenly made the decision that it would be best to simply drop the group, without giving the single the chance of a release. Plans for the release of the group's second album Harmony was therefore shelved.
2005 saw the band quietly reform. In January 2005, The Honeyz contributed to an Asian tsunami relief charity single, titled "Grief Never Grows Old", collaborating with the likes of Boy George and Sir Cliff Richard. The same year they appeared on the ITV singing contest Hit Me Baby One More Time, performing their debut single Finally Found and a cover of Nickelback's hit "How You Remind Me". This was the last performance with founding member Naima Belkhiati. The space she left in the group was quickly filled by Célena's sister, Candii Cherry (also former member of Kleshay).
Célena released in 2005 a self-titled solo album only available through her website. It included three Honeyz hits (re-arranged and re-recorded), three Christmas songs and four new songs. According to Célena Cherry's official website, they are currently recording a new album as a group, following her acting appearances on the soaps Hollyoaks and Doctors. According to Célena, if the Honeyz are unable to get a new record deal they will release their new album the same way as Célena's solo record: online. The album was due in 2006. Célena is at the same time recording new solo material. Three new songs have surfaced on her official MySpace.
In August 2006 another founding member, Heavenli Roberts, left the band which was quickly replaced, again, by former Solid Harmonie and Honeyz member, Mariama Goodman.
|1998||Wonder No. 8||#33||Original release|
|1999||Wonder No. 8||#46||Re-release|
|2006||The Collection||-||Greatest hits|
|1998||"Finally Found"||4||4||3||23||6|| |
|"End of the Line"||5||7||24||–||35|
|1999||"Love of a Lifetime"||9||26||–||–||–|
|"Never Let You Down"||7||–||–||–||–|
|2000||"Won't Take It Lying Down"||7||30||–||–||–|
|"Not Even Gonna Trip"||24||–||–||–||–|
''Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Soundtrack
|2001||"I Don't Know"||28||–||–||–||–|
|"Talk to the Hand"||–||–||–||–||–|
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