It was great to be back at the XL center again! Singing starts 1 minute in, after announcing the hockey team.
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“Touch the Sky” shows off the impressive vocal and lyrical stylings of the KC Sisters. Singing a song of hope and encouragement they create a deeply moving inspiring piece of work. Effortlessly blending together elements of jazz and gospel into a satisfying whole, the KC Sisters prove to be adept at storytelling, revealing exactly how to move forward to achieve one’s dreams whatever they might be. Indeed, the lyrics are the heart and soul of the song tying all else together with almost a poetic sensibility to them. Able to look ahead they have a pitch perfect arrangement, one that grows with their powerful voices. Indeed they pay close attention to all aspects of the sound, from the small flourish of the strings to the power of the piano as it grows stronger with each reiteration.
A hushed beginning starts the piece. Delicate piano gives the piece a solid backbone as the first voice enters into the mix. Slowly the rest of the voices are woven into the track. From there a slow yet steady rhythm emerges. When the piece truly comes into bloom layer upon layer of sound are woven ever so delicately into the song’s overall message. By the time all voice merge as one the song builds up ever larger and larger until it reaches a satisfying crescendo.
Tender, sweet, and succinct the KC Sisters go for a message of goodwill in the lovely “Touch the Sky”.
This last month has been an incredible month of firsts for us. Here are a few snippets of what we did:
Our very first trailer dressing room with our names on the door!
Our very first time on a big stage at the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas:
Our very first time performing for over 12,000 people at a professional sporting event, the P&G Gymnastics & US Secret Classic at the XL Center!!
Our very first road trip to Nashville and subsequent invitation to go on a professionally organized tour of the East Coast!!!!
We were interviewed for a news magazine show called “Crossroads Magazine in early May about the trip to Nashville. The show aired on May 15. Below is our interview with Stephanie Valickis.
Our four day call back session for The Extreme Tour was quite an adventure. We began our 18 hour car ride at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon with a car full of bags, instruments and even a portable piano. What happens when a carload of singers and a piano makes a road trip?
We arrived early and spent some time touring downtown
Nashville. The music scene is exactly as we expected, every restaurant and bar had bands, some had one on every floor! Went to the Grand Ole Opry and the line up was incredible: Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Exile, Charles Esten to name a few. WOW!
Thursday morning we went to a workshop with Tom
Jackson. (Producer for Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Shawn Mendes and even Home Free!!!) He put a few singers and one band on stage and worked with them on stage presence, connecting with the audience, call and answer, a good set list, revenue building, etc…The band, Link Union, was from Minnesota, and even invited us to come out for a visit! They were a band of 5 siblings, 1 girl and 4 boys, and were really great!
“The Objective,” which is the name of the event we went to, was a 4 day call back for a tour happening this summer. Every day consisted of “testimonies” from past and current attendees, live performances with critiques from industry professionals, and live performances on the streets of Nashville by the attendees. Some highlights:
Working with Supreme from Wu Tang Gang:
Listening to bands, like “Arms for Elephants” and Doc Holiday, 3 time singer songwriter of the year:
Performing on the streets of Nashville at 10:00 pm:
…and then going to a Cajun restaurant, (absolutely delicious) where the music continued until the wee hours.
The absolute best part of the whole event took place on Sunday when about 100 of us went into a housing project in Nashville and brought our music and beliefs to the people who lived there. The tour brought a large flatbed truck, turned it into a stage and some of the musicians gave a concert. We opened our cases and proceeded to let the children try out our instruments. This is why we went to the event. We wanted the opportunity to bring our music, values and messages into places that are not privileged enough to have instruments and and the means to learn them. Here are a few snap shots of what the day looked like:
Would we do it again? Absolutely! The bands were great, the people phenomenal, the experience tremendous. So many people helped us get to Nashville and we are so grateful. A special thanks to Rev. Fr. Robert J. Grant and the members of St. Patrick’s Church, and The Rev. Linda M. Spiers and the members of Trinity Episcopal from Collinsville, CT. for their support of this trip.
So, update since I started writing this post, The KC Sisters have been officially invited to tour with The Extreme Tour this summer!!!!
Front page of The Valley Life magazine! What a great article by Alicia Smith and photo by Lisa Brisson. The story is about some of the recent activity in the lives of The KC Sisters and the trip planned to Nashville this Spring. To read the article click this Link.
We were invited to sing with The Pete Greenfogle Trio at a great Barbeque restaurant in Southington, CT. this weekend. We sang “Girl from Imanema”‘ “Hit The Road Jack”, and got a song request from the audience, “I’ll Fly Away”. Had to pull the words to that one up on our cell phone because we did not know them. That’s a new trick! (Coincidentally we had just added it to our repertoire.) Was a great night and great food. More to come!
So we arrived at the CBS radio station 96.5 WTIC and waited for Damon Scott to let us in. We met him at the Hartford Wolf Pack game in December where we sang the National Anthem and God Bless America. He said we reminded him of “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” and wanted to bring us on his show to sing some jingles. Lucky for us, he meant it! We are now, as he calls us, The Damon Scott Jingle Girls.
On the first day, we sang at the top and bottom of every hour:
According to Damon Scott, “I can safely say that you got more airplay that Adele, and that’s saying something”
On January 7, 2016 The KC Sisters competed at the Infinity Hall Open Mic Invitational. This was exactly one year since their first performance at one of their Thursday night open mic events in the bistro. The competition on the 7th was truly amazing, 10 other unbelievable talented artists, singer songwriters, and musicians. It was an honor to be selected the second place winner. We performed two of our originals, “How The Irish Won The West” and “Daddy Came Home”. Both songs will be released soon complete with music videos! Stay tuned for more! (Seen here with Infinity Hall owner Dan Hincks, 3rd place winner Dan Merritt and 1st place winner Brian Dolzani )
The KC Sisters and friends The Kais and Dollz performed at Flatbread Co. in Canton CT. The weather was not great, snow, sleet AND freezing rain! Still, the house was packed and Canton Connections, a non-profit after school program “where fun & learning meet”, was able to raise money for their organization.
This was the first collaborative show by The Kais and Dollz and The KC Sisters, and, good news, we plan to do many more! The music was great, the crowd energetic and the food amazing. Management has asked The KC Sisters back for two more shows this summer. Check the Events Calender on our home page to find out when.