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Art & Life with The Rosannah Sisters

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Rosannah Sisters.

The Rosannah Sisters, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
We are sisters originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, a port city in Southeastern NC. Growing up in the late ’80s and ’90s in a musical family with an eclectic taste, we quickly grew fond of a diverse mix of music, from Cat Stevens and Tracy Chapman to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bollywood, and old English and Irish folk tunes. As soon as we could, we enrolled in piano and voice lessons and began performing together at local festivals, charity events, musical theater, and more. We each went our own way for college, but we knew we had to keep our harmonies alive. In 2012, we reunited in Los Angeles, where our duo “The Rosannah Sisters” officially was born. In that time, Rebecca moved back across the country for graduate school and her day job but still travels to LA regularly for performances. Roxanna currently resides in Sherman Oaks.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
We make music, and we have a thing for haunting harmonies. The creation process for us happens a few different ways. For some of our songs, we will each write our own music and lyrics. For others, we collaborate in a “Postal Service” like fashion. Because we live in different cities now, we usually email each other voice recordings from our phones and go from there. We’ll typically start by sending initial ideas of a song’s verse and chorus, then through email exchange, we’ll listen and brainstorm before we reconvene in person. When we’re finally in the same room, we’ll work together to finalize the lyrics, harmony, and arrangement. For us, the magic is in these songwriting sessions, which we’ve hosted in various locations from our parents’ home in NC to a town square in Shenyang, China.

When it comes to the “why,” we do not necessarily understand what drives us to make music. But we both feel that the music chooses us when the time is right. Song ideas will occur to us when we least expect them, and when they do come, we feel compelled to take advantage of that creative fodder and develop the idea into a chorus or a verse. If we don’t, the ideas will be lost. In the process, we’ve found that finishing a song is the ultimate catharsis – immersing yourself in the music and forming it into a complete song can make you feel high and weightless. It’s like you’ve released that heaviness that holds you back from where you need to be.

We hope people find genuine authenticity in our music. The more that we tell our stories through song, we hope that others will have the courage to do the same. We should not have to be afraid to share our thoughts, our feelings, or our hearts. Art in all forms gives us a safe space to show our true selves and to voice what sometimes we are too scared to say out loud.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
We believe the biggest challenge facing artists is themselves. The music industry is complex and can be intimidating, and that can be the biggest threat to you being yourself. It’s hard to face that fear – that fear of survival, that wariness of being authentic, and the unpleasant emotions that can accompany that.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find our music on the digital channels at Bandcamp, YouTube, and the streaming services Spotify, iTunes, GoogleMusic, Amazon, and more. In addition, we play live when we can at The Hotel Cafe and other venues throughout the San Fernando Valley. Most recently, we have also had the honor of supporting the legendary Linda Perhacs at her shows in Sonoma and Eagle Rock.

For our latest EP ‘Diagrams,’ which we had the pleasure of recording in Nashville, TN, please visit our Bandcamp site at:
https://therosannahsisters.bandcamp.com/album/diagrams

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rosannahmusic.

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Ronny Rose

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