"Think of Taylor Swift but there would be two of her and she would have a lot more soul, mixed with the kind of sibling harmonies that would makeThe Rankins question whether they are truly related, ask them to play pretty much any instrument under the sun and you have The Command Sisters." - Chris Martin, CBC Radio
Siblings, wicked harmonies, mastered musicians, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters that garnered the girls their first publishing deal out of Nashville at the ages of 12 and 15; are the COMMAND SISTERS. The music is unique and new. Charlotte's distinctive lead vocals and writing style along with Sarah's ability to solo and riff like 'one of the boys' defines their sound -- 'country with soul' -- 'edgy country pop' -- and its that sound that is breaking genres. Whatever it is, it's exciting and innovative and completely their own. This talent, this sound ~ wrapped up in sincere wit, charm and energy ~ coupled with a engaging stage show; has made industry insiders and fans alike sit up and pay attention...close attention.
“The first time I saw The Command Sisters, I was a little stunned,” said Ken Regan, GM, CKUA Radio Network. “Here were two pixie-like young girls - supposedly newcomers - with the musical skills and stage presence of veteran performers with decades under their belt. The Command Sisters were and are confident, charming, funny…and most of all…VERY talented.”
Showcasing at the CCMAs 2012 in the New Artist category, an official showcase at Folk Alliance 2013 (as well as an invite to showcase at CMF), along with a win in the Rising Star category at the Edmonton Music Awards 2013, another showcase at the CCMAs on the coveted SOCAN Songwriter Cafe stage 2013; are just some of the wonderful opportunities the Sisters have had recently to share their music. Charlotte and Sarah were featured on a CBC TV Special entitled NEW FACES, they have graced the stages of Canada's biggest country festival, Big Valley Jamboree, two years running, sharing their songs on the Axe Songwriter Stage. Too busy (but grateful) to take up Alberta Music's offer to travel to a youth festival in Chengdu, China, the girls instead returned to Nashville to for a third return to the famed Blue Bird Cafe for the Sunday Spotlight Show (a one hour all-original performance).
Exciting news for 2014; Charlotte and Sarah were winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and asked to perform at NAMM in Los Angeles and at the She Rocks Awards (honouring women in music such as Sheila E and Janie Hendrix). They were also seen at the Sundance Film Fest 2014 and featured in Guitar World's/Acoustic Nation's facebook and website. They were honoured to be chosen to perform for Jowi Taylor's 6String Nation. Summer festivals included Boots & Hearts, Cavendish and Blueberry. Exciting and recent announcement of invitation to perform at Shanghai International Arts Festival in October.
Averaging a hundred shows a year, The COMMAND SISTERS have performed extensively on many stages throughout North America - Edmonton Folk, Canmore Folk, Island Folk, Mountain View, Harvest Moon and Big Valley to name a few. They were part of a nationally televised CBC benefit concert alongside Johnny Reid, Emerson Drive and George Canyon, and part of a private reception for Duke William and Duchess Kate in Calgary, Alberta. Charlotte and Sarah played private parties for the Sundance Film Fest/Slamdance Celebrity Party (Utah) and MTV Movie Awards (LA). The girls have also played Hoot Fest, Hard Rock Cafe and Blue Bird Cafe (3 one hour all-original performances) in Nashville. They have appeared on countless tv, radio and print spots (Guitar World, Acoustic Nation, Global TV, CBC, Breakfast Television, CTV, Alberta Prime Time, SOCAN magazine, Grip Magazine, Songwriters of Canada, Canadian Musician, Daily Unsigned etc.), being asked to share their music, and, personal and unique story thus far.
Charlotte's prolific songwriting has also opened a new avenue for the Commands. Original song 'Take Me Home - The Alberta Song' won the coveted John Lennon contest. Last year, she was commissioned by The Emerald Foundation of Alberta to write a song for their Awards Gala. The song 'We Are The Earth' was unveiled at the evening's event and will be used to partner with the Foundation. Most recently, the Sisters were asked to partner with the RCMP to film a video using their bullying awareness/suicide prevention song 'Something To Live For' that will be shown to schools across Canada. Charlotte and Sarah have also been asked to partner with The Stollery Children's Hospital (watch for an original song and official video to be unveiled.) The Command Sisters were also invited to present at Canada's largest Teacher's Convention in Calgary 2013. From that, the girls have been asked to perform at many schools across Alberta to share their message of music, inspiration, and acceptance.
Part of the girls' musical journey began by performing at local charity and fundraising events. To keep with what's important and dear to their hearts, the girls continue to sing on the children's Oncology/Cardiology Ward at the Stollery Children's Hospital, and, support Music Saves Lives USA, YESS and Kid's Help Phone. Charlotte and Sarah can still be found singing for those seniors and various not-for-profit groups in their community as a way to keep alive their belief that it's important to always give back and to always remember where it all began.
"Together, their bittersweet harmonies are like a prairie sunset on an August night — so gorgeous, you'll want to stop what you're doing just to soak it all in. Never heard of them? That's about to change. The Command Sisters are turning ears in Nashville and could be the next big thing to come out of the Edmonton area." - Sandra Sperounes, Edmonton Journal Music Editor