Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid was comprised of members Stacy Ferguson (born 1975 in Whittier, California), Stefanie Ridel (1973) and Renee Sandstorm (1974 - Worchester, Massachusetts). The girls met as children while members of the Nickelodeon TV show Kids Incorporated. The girls decided to form a group and spent time singing backup for Martika.

The girls were supported by songwriter Bobby Sandstrom in their pursuit of a deal as he wrote songs for them and recorded their demos. Eventually, the group managed to get a music publishing deal with Sony's RCA Records.

The group's first single was 'At Night I Pray' which came out in 1996. The track had a popular video that received heavy rotation on MTV. Following the single, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1997. It featured two further singles with 'Talk To Me' and 'Supernatural.' The album was critically acclaimed and received several award nominations, spurring it to sell roughly a million copies worldwide.

Later in the same year, the group toured with 98 Degrees and N'Sync. During 1998, they released their second album Oxygen. The album featured single 'Be Mine' and managed to sell close to 200,000 copies worldwide.

Fire, the group's planned third album, was gearing up for release in 2001. The group released one single from it, 'Stuttering (Don't Say)' which did well on the charts. However, prior to the album's release, the group broke up.

Stacy joined the Black Eyed Peas with the stage name Fergie in 2003. In the same year, Renee and Stefanie released the album Hypnotic under the Wild Orchid name. However, the album failed to chart and did not sell well.

Renee has since done work as a session singer and Stefanie is now a member of the House/Techno duo 5th Element. Stacy continues to be a member of the group Black Eyed Peas.