IT’S A GRAND FAMILY AFFAIR!
CONNECTICUT BASED FIVE-SOME
THE KC SISTERS – RANGING FROM AGES 12-18 –
STIR UP AN EXPLOSIVE AMERICANA FLAVORED
VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL MIX OF FOLK,
COUNTRY, GOSPEL AND MORE!
Having shared their dynamic, harmony driven vocal and instrumental excitement in hundreds of performances throughout their home state of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, the multi-talented five-some The KC Sisters are putting a fresh new spin on the term “Sister Act.” Harkening back to the heyday of family groups, with a rootsy, Americana sound that incorporates folk, country, gospel, R&B and jazz, the Casey siblings are now emerging as recording artists with the release of their debut EP featuring the original vocal ballad “Daddy Came Home” and the lively, multiple violin driven instrumental “How The Irish Won The West.”
What sets The KC Sisters apart from any other group of musical siblings or indie bands is their musical diversity, transcendent ease with three and four part harmonies, and the fact that each sister is a multi-talented vocalist and musician skilled in a variety of instruments. Deanna (18) and Noelle (16), who wrote “Daddy Came Home” with their father, the group’s producer and arranger Chris Casey, play violin, piano, drums, guitar and bass. Their younger sisters are 14 year old Tasha (violin, drums, piano, bass) and 12 year olds Elise (violin, cello, bass, piano, drums) and Kathleen (violin, bass, drums, piano). Their shows include multi-harmonized vocals, instrumentals, country fiddling, a capella hymns, pop, jazz, standards and country music.
Over the past few years, The KC Sisters have developed an enthusiastic regional fan base via their numerous appearances on live local TV and radio (Fox 61 Morning Show, The Real Radio Show), county fairs, churches, farmer’s markets, benefit concerts, libraries, museums and high profile festivals like the Hartford Folk Festival and the Hike to the Mic event at Talcott Mountain State Park. For those who haven’t experienced them live, “Daddy Came Home” and “How the Irish Won The West” offer an inviting entrance into their diverse musicality. “Daddy Came Home,” a poignant ballad about the struggles of a veteran have a hard time re-adjusting to family life, features Deanna and Noelle on lead vocals and Tasha and their mother, Jennifer, on violin. Later in the song, all five sisters chime in on vocal harmonies. “How The Irish Won The West” shows The KC Sisters’ rich instrumental proficiency, with the main fiddles of Deanna and Noelle backed by the rhythm section of Kathleen on bass, and Tasha and Elise playing drums. In September 2015, The KC Sisters will be working with a producer and videographer to create official music videos of both tracks. Many of their live performances are popular attractions on YouTube.
This two track EP is just a teaser for the many recordings that The KC Sisters – who released an independent holiday album called Winter Wonderland a few years ago – will be releasing in the coming months. A subsequent EP will include their fresh renditions of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and the classic hymns “Amazing Grace” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” They will also be recording three new originals, “Love Life,” “Fly With Me” and “Touch The Sky,” as well as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “How Great Thou Art,” and five others in Spring 2016.
While Noelle and Deanna, who have been harmonizing together since they were four and five, are so far the most prominent songwriters in The KC Sisters, their dad Chris – a jazz pianist and instructor and at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford – recently came up with an ingenious plan to encourage the composing skills of their younger sisters as well. Each girl had to write an original song. The one whose song was voted as the best by her siblings got her own room for a month. The second prize winner received a large ice cream cake. “It was a great way to encourage a friendly competition and create some great songs,” Chris says. “The top prize is a big deal considering that we have seven people living in a three bedroom house!”
Past performances include: The Real Radio Show, Port Chester Days, Blue Back Square, Better Connecticut, Fox 61 Morning Show, Durham Fair, the Hill-Stead Museum, and The Hartford Folk Festival, Infinity Hall and multiple other shows. To hear tracks from their first CD Winter Wonderland, click here.