GUDGUD was originally launched as a six-month experiment by Jacksonville-based music entrepreneurs Michael Butler and Richard Johnson, who were looking to put together a teen group that could make music that was nostalgic, fresh and edgy and delivered a positive message. The first incarnations of the group garnered a healthy local buzz, but members did not click. Regardless the method used in constructing a group, the lack of chemistry can create problems that are impossible to overcome.
Artists may be extremely talented by themselves, but in a particular group they might not fit. GUDGUD has changed members several times like many groups before them, seeking the necessary “chemistry” that all successful groups must possess. GRACIOUS, KRISHELLE and AERIYAL all started out as back up dancers for GUDGUD. They were able to watch firsthand what to do and what not to do to build group chemistry by watching the past members in action. “Now it’s our turn and we are going to make the best of it” states Aeriyal.
The livewire lineup of GUDGUD has been making waves in the progressive R&B music world since its formation, performing for packed houses at venues throughout Florida and the southeast alongside a wide range of artists including Fantasia, Tamar Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Mali Music, Issa, Mindless Behavior, OMG Girlz, Diggy Simmons, Future, Anthony Lewis, The New Boyz, Doug E Fresh, Babyface and Jacob Latimore. GUDGUD’s original songs have been heard on mainstream radio, and the group has appeared on News 4 Jax and twice on Jacksonville’s First Coast News. Members also share GUDGUD’s underlying message of positivity with their peers by speaking to young people in schools and by supporting music and arts education through the I Love Music Foundation.
In April 2015, GUDGUD was selected out of 4,300 applicants as one of the featured artists in the House of Blues’ Bringin’ Down the House 2015 showcase held on the legendary stage at the Orlando House of Blues. GUDGUD has previously released two EPs and is in the process of recording a third. The group is in the studio working with producer Rey Reel (Beyoncé, Willi.a.am, Britney Spears, Drake, Mariah Carey) and Richard Johnson (Way 2 much, GRLSJSTWNT2HVFN and Wrapped around your finger). GUDGUD’s new EP will come out in August of 2016, with a supporting tour to follow.