New soulful pop group features Crystal Lake teen

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Thinking realistically, Briana Marsalla set out after high school to major in broadcasting.

But her dream always has been to perform and make music. The 19-year-old Crystal Lake South graduate is getting her chance.

Marsalla, a student at McHenry County College, was selected through an audition process in Chicago to become part of the new female group, Affiniti, also featuring Victoria Massey-Lorick, Keeley Morris and Channel Glover.

Described as a soulful pop group, the group will release its first single, “CPR,” May 31 at a private event hosted by KTF Musik, a music production team in Chicago.

All girls have solos in the song, and they sing the chorus together, Marsalla said.

The company signed the four girls with a specific style and songs in mind.

One of Marsalla’s friends came across the company’s flier announcing its search for members of a new pop group and suggested she audition.

“Being an artist is not an easy journey, but Briana has been very dedicated to rehearsals, vocal sessions, studio sessions and dance rehearsals while being a student,” said Joi Wynn, the engineer and producer for KTF Musik.

“We are definitely blessed to have her, along with the other ladies to fulfill the vision of KTF Musik.”

The youngest in the new group, Marsalla said she’s performed in 32 musicals, including many at Crystal Lake South.

“My whole life I was like, ‘I’m going to major in musical theater and try out for Broadway and TV,’” Marsalla said.

“That would be my dream, but just thinking realistically I decided to major in sports broadcasting with a minor in musical theater.

“Maybe something awesome will happen with this.”

Coming together as strangers, the members of the group have become friends, Marsalla said.

“I would say us girls just really clicked right away, even though none of us knew each other,” she said.

“We always have a fun time together. ... We’re learning how the industry works and becoming better singers and all-around performers.”

The group doesn’t simply focus on singing, she said. It’s also about dance.

“We don’t want to be stereotyped to any certain girl group,” she said.

“I really like all types of music. I like hip hop a lot, but I really think a lot of the girls and I look up to Beyoncé, because she’s an awesome singer and dancer and performer.

“We don’t want to be just a singing group. We want people to think of us an all-around great performing group.”

The group’s single will be available and the group’s website, www.affinitimusik.com, up and running June 1.

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