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"The Blood Sisters are a combination of 3 deliciously talented singer / songwriters whose combined vocals blend into
beautiful harmonies taking you on a musical journey exposing personal stories of past loves and life..."
~Terri Ray, WKLT-FM
Blood Sisters began when Barbara Payton, Michelle Chenard and Mary McGuire met up as individual performers at the 2009 Mackinac Island Music Festival.
They got together in the fall of 2010 for a one-off show on Mackinac Island during the winter, without any rehearsals. They found common interests both onstage and off, sharing in charitable and activist roles and philosophies on feminism and empowering women. Not to mention learning they weaned themselves on the same musical influences: Led Zeppelin, Heart, Allman Brothers, Beatles, Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad, CSNY, Carpenters, Linda Ronstadt, The Pretenders, Joan Jett, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, MC5, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks and well, the list goes on.
“We decided to have a trio of three women singers to just see what would happen and it became kind of a loose, free-form gig,” said Payton, who has recorded and performed with Kid Rock in addition to working the last three Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band tours. “To go from Bob Seger’s show, which is so disciplined and runs like clockwork, to this just kind of flying by the seat our pants, is very exciting. We found our chemistry just flowed together.”
McGuire agreed. “We’re like butterflies dancing around,” said McGuire, a former Huntington Woods who worked the local American circuit in a variety of bands, including Ash Can Van Gogh, Spiral Dance and Cosmic Dali, before moving to the east coast. “It’s really easy for us to come together artistically – we don’t even have to think about what we're doing, it just happens naturally."
A 300-mile distance between their residences - McGuire lives on Mackinac Island, Chenard in Petoskey and Payton in metro Detroit -- has not prevented team songwriting and collaborating. “We have some common roots and where we're coming from,” said Chenard. “We’ve really hit it off so well, it just seemed the time is right to try to put something together.”
In 2011, McGuire suggested they play the Mackinac Island Music Festival opening for the Howling Diablos. All three agreed they wanted a full band and called in the reinforcements. Currently, they are working on new material with veteran Detroit musicians, bassist Gary Rasmussen, guitarist Erik Gustafson and drummer Nino Dmytryszyn. "The songwriting and recording sessions at Gary's are an open collaboration, everyone gives their input on songwriting, arranging, lyrics, licks...we are all very involved. For me, I am enjoying these moments...where things haven't fully come into focus and where we can really find our sound" shares McGuire.
What is evident is this band has done their homework, logged miles of highways across America playing clubs, paying dues and are ready to create something as a team.