The Real Housewives are women of many talents and fans of the various formats of the franchise will be well aware of the plethora of musical releases from the Housewives. However, there are some that may have slipped under the net, so here is a comprehensive international guide to the music releases of the Real Housewives around the globe – delving into Vancouver, Johannesburg, Sydney, Melbourne, Cheshire, and the numerous US cities.
Gamble – Real Housewives of Melbourne
One of the major storylines of The Real Housewives of Melbourne’s fourth series was Gamble dipping her toe back into the world of music. After a devastating hearing loss diagnosis prior to the show, Gamble’s career in music came to an abrupt end – the show provided a heartwarming return to the world of recording. The singer composed the stunning This Time as a sign of her love her husband Rick which she surprised him with in an empty theatre. She’s since continued to release with tracks I Can’t Tell You Why, Fire and Fury and 2020’s dance anthem Classy.
Mary Zilba – Real Housewives of Vancouver
Mary Zilba was the gem at the heart of the stellar and all too short lived The Real Housewives of Vancouver. The graceful way in which she handled battles with Jody and her daughter Mia made her a firm fan favourite. The show delves into the recording of Mary’s 2012 comeback hit Hero, but the singer has a wealth of music to enjoy. More recently Mary’s work includes singles Little Miss Reckless and Are You Sorry Now – if you dive further back the singer released a self-titled album in 1998, its follow-up Out of the Blue, and 2003’s Fly. These releases are more pop orientated with dance, R&B and urban sounds, whilst the singer has opted for a more country flavour in recent years.
Reiko Mackenzie – Real Housewives of Vancouver
Mary’s RHOV co-star Reiko Mackenzie also dips into the world of music in the show’s first series. Recording the world music and Bollywood inspired Unstoppable for her son’s birthday, the track so far remains Reiko’s only musical release.
Melissa Tkautz – Real Housewives of Sydney
The Real Housewives of Sydney, perhaps the most vicious international outing the franchise has seen, was a true one season wonder. Reconnecting us with Aussie pop chanteuse Melissa Tkautz who found major success in the early nineties with hits Sexy (Is the Word) and Read My Lips from her album Fresh. Melissa would return to music in the mid-noughties with dance hits All I Want, The Glamorous Life, and Easily Affected as well as with albums Lost & Found and Glamorous Life. Her most recent release was 2017’s single The Key.
Christall Kay – The Real Housewives of Johannesburg
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg’s Christall Kay has gone on to release two tracks since featuring on the show. The uplifting pop of 2018’s Wonder and 2020’s world-pop sound of Underwater have showcased the solid start of an intriguing recording career.
Nermina – Real Housewives of Cheshire
With 7.5k monthly listeners, The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Nermina has five singles to her name thus far. 2019 saw the British singer release commercial pop single Forever and the attitude-filled Good One. 2020 marked the release of the heartfelt R&B-infused Too Deep, the swaggering Like, and most recently the sleek Piece Of Your Heart.
Countess Luann – Real Housewives of New York
Perhaps the Queen of Housewives Musicians, cabaret icon Luann De Lesseps or to us mere mortals Countess Luann. From 2010’s Money Can’t Buy You Class, Luann’s releases have been cultural events for Bravo fanatics. They’ve since gone from strength to strength with the iconic Chic C’est La Vie, the slinky disco joy of Girl Code, the momentous Feeling Jovani, and most recently 2020’s grandiose camp banger Viva La Diva with Desmond Child. We truly don’t deserve the goddess that is Luann.
Sonja Morgan – The Real Housewives of New York
As well as her iconic burlesque-inspired performances in Real Housewives of New York, Sonja has dipped into the world of performance through her music. Well we say her music, Sonjarita featured on Fibre One’s iconic Housewives music video ad Work Done alongside Porsha Williams and Melissa Gorga. The track was a surprisingly brilliant dancepop gem.
Kandi – Real Housewives of Atlanta
In terms of Housewives music success, Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss is a hard one to top. Her music career has been well documented throughout the show – but her hits both as a singer, songwriter, and producer have sold millions. Her success in girlband Xscape as well as solo albums Hey Kandi and Kandi Koated have been favourites of R&B fans As a songwriter her credits include tracks for TLC, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Fantasia, and… Kim Zolciak. Her most recent solo credit is the more dance-orientated Used To Love Me.
Kim Zolciak – Real Housewives of Atlanta
Some of the main drama in the early seasons of The Real Housewives of Atlanta stem from Kim Zolciak and former bestie Kandi Burruss’s argument over Tardy for the Party – Kim’s biggest musical success. The track and its iconic performance (“Come on bitches”) have become staples of the RH fandom. Sadly it’s follow-up The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing never materialised beyond an iconic demo. Kim’s since gone on to release follow-ups Google Me (semi-incredible) and Wig (Wish I Gave a Shit) .
Porsha Williams – Real Housewives of Atlanta
Porsha revealed surprisingly impressive vocal chops when she starred in Kandi’s musical A Mother’s Love. She’s since gone on to drop one standalone solo single Flatline in 2014 – a dramatic slice of R&B music.
Nene Leakes – Real Housewives of Atlanta
Despite being an original fan of Tardy for the Party it would take some time before Nene Leakes dipped toes into the musical pond herself. The Atlanta star delivered single Come and Get This Hunni a curious little single clocking in under two minutes.
Kenya Moore – Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Atlanta fan favourite was quick to gain attention things to her no-BS attitude and plethora of high camp catchphrases including “Gone with the wind fabulous” and that’s exactly what inspired Kenya Moore’s debut and thus so far only single. Gone With the Wind Fabulous is a surprisingly brilliant club banger that has clocked in over 56k streams on Spotify. Earworms including “You say I’m fake, I say I’m fabulous” and “Twirl, twirl, twirl” will stay with you for life.
Shamari DeVoe – The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Season 11’s Shamari already had quite an established musical career before her stint on Atlanta as the lead singer of Blaque. The group have gone on to release three studio albums. Her most recent release is Love Comes Through, a collaboration with her husband Ronnie.
Drew Sidora – The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Atlanta Season 13’s Drew Sidora’s musical output includes Step Up soundtrack releases Til the Dawn and For the Love – the former shining with over four million Spotify streams. Her solo output has included single Juke It and 2018’s Winner.
Sheree Whitfield – The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Sheree Whitfield cemented herself in Housewife history with her line “Who gon’ check me boo?” and whilst we aren’t clear if this is an official release from Sheree, R&B anthem Who Gon’ Check Me Boo? inspired by her rant is a classic.
Yolanda Hadid – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Being previously married to David Foster, it’s no surprise that Yolanda played with the idea of releasing music. Although Yolanda’s release isn’t quite what you would expect from a Housewife‘s track. The ballad, a love song for her husband never got a commercial release but did end up online. Dubbed online as I Love You (we think If This Plane Were Mine is a better title) the track is a curious easy listening anthem that we have become a little obsessed with.
Erika Jayne – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Erika Jayne burst onto The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2015 with a plethora of club hits under her belt. Since joining the show her musical output has sadly lessened but we still have her nine Billboard Dance #1s to bop too. Her album 2009’s Pretty Mess featured gems such as Stars, Rollercoaster and the anthemic title track. She’s since gone on to release standalone singles including Painkiller, How Many Fucks, Xpensive and Cars. She hasn’t released a new solo track since 2018.
Melissa Gorga – The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Releasing one of the first Housewife anthems back in 2011, New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga dropped club track On Display featuring crunchy beats and autotuned vocals – setting the standard for an early RH musical hit. She followed this with dance collaboration I Just Wanna featuring Santino Noir, (a surprise bop), feel-good dance track Rockstar and her most recent track 2013’s Never Let Me Go.
Danielle Staub – The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Melissa’s RHONJ co-star, Danielle Staub, joined her with the release of two 2010 singles – the excellent ballad Cry and the equally emotional Real Close. The latter was joined by numerous club remixes because we know Danielle wants to prompt some teardrops on the dancefloor. The poppers o’clock Tony Moran remix is a bit of a gem.
Michaele Salahi -The Real Housewives of DC
The Real Housewives of DC was a short-lived gem that introduced us to Michaele Salahi. The sole musical release to come from the show was her track Bump It. The White House dinner crasher noted “I titled the song ‘Bump It’ because I love dancing and bumping it on the dance floor! I got so caught up with the rhythm, that my music just feels like a magical prism.” We get you, queen!
Jo De La Rosa – The Real Housewives of Orange County
One of the first Housewives to truly utilise the platform for their music was Jo De La Rosa of OC who released her sole album Unscripted after two years on the show. The biggest hit from the album is track ballad Letting Go (36k streams), whilst rock anthem U Can’t Control Me follows as the second most streamed. The album delves between urban pop, club tracks, and piano balladry in what is a surprisingly proficient Housewives musical release.
Gretchen Rossi – The Real Housewives of Orange County
Gretchen’s released the gentle Nothing Without You – a sentimental ballad which is available on Spotify in its demo mix. The OC star’s voice is pleasant and the track is an enjoyable little pop number. She’s also dropped more club friendly tracks: Revelation and Unbreakable, as well as further ballad The Time Is Now.
Adriana de Moura – The Real Housewives of Miami
The Real Housewives of Miami’s Adriana dropped club track Feel the Rush – a techno infused dance track with the singer’s Latin vocals crooning over crunching synth beats.
Candiace Dillard – The Real Housewives of Potomac
Potomac’s Candiace dropped I See You an R&B slow jam back in 2019 produced by Chucky Thompson. 15% of the proceeds went to support DC students as part of their Education Equity Fund. “I always knew that I wanted to do a song to pay homage to the city that raised me and that I adopted when I moved here,” the singer noted.
Ashley Darby – The Real Housewives of Potomac
Coffee & Love are the inspirations behind Potomac’s Ashley Darby’s debut single – a love song featuring rapper Cazanova.