North Dakota sisters make it big

It’s easy for every little girl to sing her favorite song into her hairbrush every night before bed as she dances around her bedroom, pretending to sing for a million adoring fans.Posted August 23, 2013

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BY Breanna kaitfors

Record Reporter

 

It’s easy for every little girl to sing her favorite song into her hairbrush every night before bed as she dances around her bedroom, pretending to sing for a million adoring fans. It’s easy to casually say you’ll be a country singer when you grow up every time the question comes up in school.

It’s not so easy to make those childhood dreams a reality.

For North Dakota teenagers, Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh, of Hazen, N.D., that dream has is becoming a reality.

Kendra (17) and Krista (15) form the country-pop duo Tigirlily. The girls have more than 37,200 Twitter followers and their YouTube channel, which has well over 5,000 subscribers, boasts homemade videos that receive many thousands of views.

Tigirlily’s most popular video is a cover of Phillip Phillips’ hit song “Home.” The Kitchen Cover performed by the girls has gotten more than 171,000 views.

The girls got a taste of their future this summer, having 20 performances. Tigirlily has opened for countty-pop band The Bellamy Brothers, country artist and fellow North Dakotan Gwen Sebastian and Fargo-based country-rock band 32 Below.

“Right now, with our career is going as fast as it is, we do hope to be at Taylor Swift’s level or with a major record label,” Kendra said. “But, we still feel like normal people just doing what we like to do.”

Even though Tigirlily is gaining many fans beyond their hometown, the sisters insist they wouldn’t be where they are today if it weren’t for the support in Hazen and the rest of the state.

“In Nashville, everyone’s doing this. We know that being small-town North Dakota girls, our hearts need to stay humble and we need to stay grounded. That helps us a lot, and shapes us to who we are today,” Kendra said.

Tigirlily’s latest video for their single, “North Dakota” premiered Tuesday, August 20.

“We were really excited to show people because it’s who we are,” Krista said.

Mychal Fabela, a radio personality at KAT Country 100.7 FM in California, heard the “North Dakota” single and said it “has everything needed to be a massive hit.”

“I could even see it having CMA (Country Music Awards) potential. It’s the ‘Cruise’ (a song by Florida Georgia Line) of the fall,” said Fabela, who learned about Tigirlily through the song’s Californian producer at Imagine Recordings.

The group writes their own songs and many of them are based on how they would feel during the situation or on other peoples’ experiences. The lyrics accompanying the country-pop sound of Tigirlily are sweet and age-appropriate, which is the way the girls will keep them.

“We have some sassy music in there, but they’re all appropriate. We definitely want to keep things PG,” Kenda said.

Tigirlily is influenced by musicians such as The Civil Wars, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Gwen Sebastian.

Even though nothing is guaranteed in the future, Tigirlily plans to pursue their career as a country-pop duo for as long as they can.

“You have no idea if you have what it takes to make it. You hear you do, but then you see all these other really, really talented people and you’re like… can I do it?” Kendra said. “Along the way, you get surprised with these different opportunities and you meet so many people on the way. Music brings people together.”