A killer pop band is only as good as its chemistry and Los Angeles’ new sensation My Crazy Girlfriend knows a lot about that: Myah Marie, Bennett Armstrong, Justyn Armstrong, and Cosmo are best friends and a pair of twins that have taken their love for delicious hooks and irresistible hip-hop to the next level on their Capitol debut EP, CRAZY STUPID LOVE (out March 25, 2014).
Fraternal twins Bennett and Justyn Armstrong — the sons of a Viennese pianist and a backup singer for the Platters — also got their start at a very young age. The pair, who grew up on a diet of Green Day, No Doubt, and N.W.A, was discovered in a mall by Tricky Stewart at age 11 and moved to Atlanta for a crash course in the music biz before they got out of high school. When they returned to L.A., “Our mom would go without electricity so we could record at home,” Justyn says. As hip-hip duo 2XL, the pair released a 2007 LP called Neighborhood Rapstar on Tommy Boy, then inked a songwriting deal with hitmaker Kara DioGuardi.
Cosmo also spent time in a studio as a child: Her father was a writer and rapper in Seattle who took his young daughter to work when he was recording with Sir Mix-A-Lot. As a pre-teen in Portland, Cosmo and her friends would simply “be TLC,” she laughs. “I was Left Eye, and we would memorize all the songs and perform them.” She relocated to Los Angeles at 18 and fell in with a group of music-making pals that included Bennett and Justyn while she was working on dance music with a hip-hop edge.