The Callen Sisters
The Callen Sisters Origin New York City, USA Genres Pop, Folk Rock Instruments harp, guitar, vocals Years active 2005–current Labels Self-Release Website www.thecallensisters.com Members Jessa Callen (harp and vocals)
Beth Callen (guitar and vocals)
Notable instruments harp and acoustic guitar
Both sisters were fond of music since childhood, and received inspiration and support from their mother, Kim. They both learned piano at a young age, both played woodwind instruments (Jessa - flute, Beth - clarinet), and then both played guitar. The sisters both played in their school's Jazz band, Jessa on guitar and Beth on bass guitar. Jessa switched to harp after their move to Upstate New York in the late '90s.
Jessa later received formal training in composition and harp and earned her BM in music composition with a minor in harp performance. She became a professional harpist and accomplished studio musician, having recorded for several film scores and artists' solo albums.
The sisters had been performing together since high school and both decided to enroll at SUNY Purchase to pursue their musical dreams. A series of family losses, including Karen (their aunt), Kim (their mother) and Dorothy (their grandmother) in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 respectively, enhanced their closeness. They found refuge in each other and in their music, which enriched their songwriting qualities and deep compassion.
This became the catalyst of the formation of The Callen Sisters. Their premiere performance after formation was August 22, 2006 along with Dan Castellani on keyboards, Chris Anderson on bass, and Dave Gluck on drums.
Their debut self-titled album was released in October 2007 with Dan Castellani as producer, arranger and keyboardist of the album. Both sisters share songwriting and vocal roles (6 from Jessa and 6 from Beth) with several studio musicians. Their songs deal with the personal experiences, societal insights, and raw emotions of both sisters.
Their music is influenced by Fiona Apple and Tori Amos, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The interplay between Jessa's harp and Beth's guitar with their voices, creates a unique sound effect.
2007 - The Callen Sisters
- Like You
- Tangled Up
- Almost Gone
- Whirlwind Came
- Wake Up
- Track 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 written by Beth
- Track 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 written by Jessa
- Jessa Callen - Harp, Vocals
- Beth Callen - Guitar, Vocals
- Chris Anderson - Bass, Vocals on "Wake Up"
- Dan Castellani - keyboards
- Dave Gluck - Drums
- Wil Farr - Vocals on "Wake Up"
- Joe Fusca - Vocals on "Wake Up"
- ^ The Callen Sisters Official Site
- ^ The Callen Sisters Interview, Off The Record Magazine, March 7, 2008
- ^ Jessa Callen entry in Harp Mall
- The Callen Sisters Official Site
- Cordless Recordings Site
- Shot Clock Management Site
- Jessa Callen's entry in Harp Mall
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