Photo by Suzanne Sagmeister
Much in the same way that their lovely singing voices come together as one, sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy have also become singular for this joint segment of 11 Questions. These award-winning (Canadian County Music Association and John Lennon Songwriting Contest) Canadian siblings are now doing their thing here in Nashville.
Classically trained, Carli on guitar and Julie on violin, Twin Kennedy say they “have been making music together since they could talk.” The duo released their debut LP “It’s a Love Thing” in 2015.
Being the holiday season, what could be more festive than revisiting their countrified 2017 “A Twin Kennedy Christmas” record. This mix of classic and original songs, like the destined-to-be-a-perennial-holiday-favorite “Cold Weather,” will surely warm up your holidays.
Thanks ladies for taking a break for the usual 11 Questions. Twin Kennedy will be playing a special show in Hermitage, TN in March. Check www.twinkennedy.com/shows for details.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
We are Canadian girls! We grew up in the small town of Powell River and moved to Nashville almost three years ago. We had been travelling back and forth for a number of years, writing songs and playing shows, before making the move. It was always our dream to be in Music City, and we feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing community!
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
First record ever was Shania Twain’s CD Come on Over. She’s a fellow Canadian gal and country superstar and we’ve always been big fans of hers! The most recent record was Chris Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 2 on vinyl. Love that album!
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
Not counting the living room concerts we used to put on in our house growing up, the first live stadium show we ever saw was Bryan Adams. I remember being completely blown away by the sound and the entertainment value. Just feeling the excitement of the crowd was incredible, and I remember thinking in that moment that being on that stage would be the most amazing feeling in the world! The last live concert we saw was Jason Isbell at the Ryman!
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Alison Krauss! She is one of our favourite musicians and artists in Nashville, and she definitely deserves a star.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
DeSano is our favourite pizza place in Nashville, and coffee is Sam & Zoe’s!
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
One of our favourite records ever is Charlie Worsham’s Rubberband album, great songs, great musicianship!
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
We are big fans of Bakersfield. Tacos, margaritas, and classic Western movies on the TVs–what more could you want?!
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
We had the absolute honor to make our debut performance at the Bluebird this year! So, we would be sure to invite our fellow songwriter and friend Joe Doyle, who invited us to play in his round! We would also invite two of our Canadian songwriting friends who co-wrote two of the tracks on our Christmas album A Twin Kennedy Christmas: Brian Donkers and Steve Rivers!
We are lucky to have a great community of fellow singer-songwriters who we are not only fans of, but who we also get to co-write with and call our dearest friends! We would also love to put together a girls’ night with some of our favourites and fellow Canadians in Nashville: Callie McCullough, Tenille Arts and Mallory Johnson!
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
We played our first ever showcase in Nashville at Douglas Corner, so it will always remain a favorite for us. We had our CD release show for A Twin Kennedy Christmas at Indo Nashville, and it was such a blast. We decked out the room in Twin Kennedy holiday style, and the show was packed with Canadians and Nashvillians. We performed songs from our Christmas album, and it was so much fun to celebrate the release with our fans and friends in Nashville, including many of our co-writers on the album, our co-producer and fellow artists and musicians.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
Does our family count? We miss them so much being a country apart, so we would love to see them all move here. (Even the ones who only play air guitar!)
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
We are so excited to be celebrating year number two of our Christmas album this month! We are holiday obsessed, so this is without a doubt our favorite time of year! And, we will be releasing new music in the Spring of 2019! We have been writing so many new songs this year, and we will be recording the new music soon and touring across the US and Canada! We are constantly inspired by the incredible musicians, songwriters and artists that we are surrounded by here in Music City, and our main goal as artists is to continue growing, creating music that we are proud of, and sharing positivity and love through the art that we share with the world.