The Secret Sisters: Exclusive Interview & Acoustic Performance
Host Stephanie Langston got the chance to sit down and chat with Laura and Lydia Rogers - the talented siblings that make up The Secret Sisters. The ladies talk about growing up around music, working with Jack White, the heartbreak that inspired on eof their songs and much more!
The talented siblings grew up attending a church that didn't use musical instruments, which undeniably had a huge impact on the development of their beautiful singing voices, and share that everyone in their family musically gifted. Citing their grandfather as a particular inspiration, Laura shares how much family influenced their music: "It's like our family hobby. I can't imagine having a childhood that wasn't focused and centered around music."
The sisters released their debut album in 2010, which consists of ballads, originals such as "Tennessee Me," and cover songs like "Why Don't Ya Love Me?," "Why Baby Why," and the Frank Sinatra classic "Something Stupid." The duo wanted to make the album sound very authentic and recorded it "in the way they would have 50-60 years ago." The girls sang into the same microphone together without doing individual tracking, used vintage microphones and recorded in-studio with the band in order to really feed from their energy.
Laura goes on to explain the idea behind one of the original songs on the album that she wrote, titled "Tennessee Me." Just like all traditional country songs, she reveals it began with heartbreak. "I was living in Tennessee at the time. I had an attachment with a boy and he didn't want to be with me and it hurt my feelings, so I wrote a song about it - just like Taylor Swift always does," she jokes.
Claiming the idea behind the track is simple, Laura continues to explain, "It's just about [when] you know you have a lot of offer somebody, but they don't really see it, so you're just plain 'ole Tennessee me...but you still deserve something."
Although the sister twosome have naturally classic and beautifully organic singing voices, they claim no one - even their closest friends - were aware of their talent until they landed a record deal, which led to their stage name as The Secret Sisters.
Musical legend and "genuis" Jack White was even sucked into the raw, angelic harmonies of the Secret Sisters, and they were able to record in his studio. "We were huge fans of his before [our music career] happened, so to walk into his studio and shake his hand and then go stand in front of a microphone while he's sitting at the control table...it's like 'oh my goodness!' - people dream about that moment and we got to live it," Laura exclaims.
To hear more from Laura and Lydia of The Secret Sisters, check out this incredible interview!
Also, be sure to watch this EXCLUSIVE acoustic performance of "Tennessee Me" and "The One I Love Is Gone" here!