Beyonce's dad 'keeps us grounded'
From Above singer Monique Robert has said the band's manager Matthew Knowles is brutally honest with them and has said they need to perform "1,000 times" before they are truly good.
The five-piece girl band - consisting of Monique, Seyi Odedere, Chelsey Reynolds, Daisy Evans and Ashley Shaw - hail from all over the UK and were recently seen in theri own MTV series Breaking From Above.
They're managed by Matthew, father of Beyonce and the man who helped make Destiny's Child a success.
Monique said of Matthew: "He's done all right, hasn't he? He's been our manager for nearly three years now. He came to a showcase years ago and wanted to see us perform.
He then came to a dance rehearsal and said, 'This is great, but at the moment, you're a 3/10'. And there was us thinking we were really good, but we had a lot to learn. He then said Destiny's Child were never higher than a nine, so three wasn't so bad after all."
Monique added that Matthew's secret to being a good manager was: "He just knows what to say to get the best results. He brings you back to earth, and critiques, but at the same time motivates you.
The best advice he's given us is about the performances. He said we've not had enough shows to be where we want to be, and we need to do at least 1,000 shows. We've done less than 10, so yes, definitely, he can't be argued with!"
:: From Above's debut album, Breaking From Above, is out now, with a new single, Not The Same Girl, to be released on January 23. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/fromabovemusic.