Their musical bond is as strong as their small town roots – Twin Kennedy, comprised of West Coast sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, have been making music together since they could talk. They bring their musical symmetry to three Montana towns this month: Thompson Falls, April 17, Polson, April 20, and Hobson, April 22.
Born and raised in the small town of Powell River, B.C., Carli and Julie grew up perfecting their sibling harmonies and dynamic live performances, while making their name known throughout their small community as a family band. Growing up in such a musically infused family, the sisters crafted their sound through a unique fusion of their background in country, folk, jazz and classical music.
With years of classical training, including bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance from the University of Victoria, the sisters have found their home in country music. With Carli on vocals and guitar, and Julie on vocals and violin, these petite powerhouses deliver seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. No bond compares to that of sisters, and the same can be said about the blend of their kindred voices.
“Two voices make one singular sensation!” wrote Monday Magazine.
Music is as inseparable from their lives as they are from each other, “Everything starts as a duo. We write together, rehearse together, live together, hang out together, tour together. So much togetherness!” And together, these sisters have commanded some of the top stages in Canada and beyond including performances at Canadian Music Week, Canada Place, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Sunfest, Rockin’ River Music Festival, Vancouver Island Exhibition, Vancouver Olympics, and Live at Heart Festival in Sweden.
Following their debut release, It’s a Love Thing (2015), the sisters have made an indelible impact on the Canadian country music scene. Having received three CCMA Award nominations, including Interactive Artist/Group of the Year and two nominations for Fiddle Player of the Year (Julie), their most recent single, “Secondhand Gold,” was the Grand Prize Award winner in the Country category of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the 2016 Lennon Award winner for Best Country Song. They’ve also received 12 BCCMA Award nominations and two Vancouver Island Music Award wins (Country Album of the Year and Song of the Year).
The duo’s first holiday album, A Twin Kennedy Christmas, was co-written with some of the finest Canadian and Nashville talent, and accompanied by Music City’s best musicians (including the rhythm section of Grammy award-winning group The Time Jumpers). The 2017 album’s lead single, “Cold Weather,” was chosen by Rolling Stone Country as one of the “10 New Country and Americana Christmas Songs to Hear Right Now!”
Having spent the last two years touring extensively throughout North America, the sisters are on the road in Montana this month. Get ready to cozy up at one of their famously intimate shows – “These two girls are 100% made for the stage and made to entertain!” (Nashville Music Examiner)