The Jellybeans were a vocal group made up of ten girls (originally eleven) from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Jersey City, N.J. They began singing together in the third grade as part of the children's choir. By the fifth grade several of the girls were performing as a solo group outside of the choir and in the sixth grade they formed their group, The Jellybeans. While in the sixth grade, they recorded their first album, 'Back in School,' as a school fundraising project. The CD contained six songs from their school concerts. It was a simple production that turned out quite good, was released in June of 2010, and earned them quite a bit of attention.
In early October of that year, shortly after the girls had begun the seventh grade, a story about them and their new CD ran in The Jersey Journal, a large local paper. A producer from FOX-TV saw the story and the next thing the girls knew they were singing on live television when the program 'Good Day New York' and entertainment reporter Julie Chang visited their school in early November. They were invited to sing, as featured performers, with the glee club from St. Dominic Academy, a high school for girls, in their Christmas concert. For seventh grade girls to be invited to sing with them was an unprecedented honor. The Jellybeans both charmed and impressed the audience, performing their own original Christmas song, while being called 'very professional' and 'mature beyond their years.' They were next invited to sing at City Hall in Jersey City for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) featured The Jellybeans in an Artist Spotlight in March of 2011 for their album of children's music. According to the IMAs, they are the youngest artists ever so featured, but then again, not many groups release their first album while they are in the sixth grade. There was quite a lot going on for these girls in the seventh grade and.........
The Jellybeans recorded their second album,'No Time For A Bad Day' while they were in the seventh grade. It was released in September of 2011 to kick off their new school year and their last year in Our Lady of Mercy Academy. By now, their voices were maturing and they had developed a nice ‘girl group sound' similar to the girl groups of the early 1960's, albeit a lot younger. For this album they received a glowing review from Andrea Guy of ‘Review You.’ She praised the girls for their vocal talent as well as their ability to handle a variety of styles of music and for their professional sound. The Jellybeans were invited back, again as featured performers, to sing with the St. Dominic Academy Glee club in their Christmas concert and the audience was thrilled to see them once more. During their eighth grade year, the girls recorded songs for another album, which was released in August 2013 to great reviews.
The group’s music director and songwriter, Anthony Coviello, has been writing songs for the children's choirs at Our Lady of Mercy to sing in their school concerts since 2005. A year earlier he had written a song for his oldest son's class of 2004, which they sang at their graduation ceremony. In 2008, he wrote another song for his younger son's class, which they too, sang at their graduation ceremony. In the meantime, his songs at the concerts had become so popular with the kids, teachers and parents at OLM, that he was asked to stay on and continue the music after his younger son had graduated and he had no more children in the school. That request came from the girls who would later become The Jellybeans. They wanted more new songs and wanted to take their singing beyond just the choir.