Teaming up and combining talents has turned out to be twice as nice for teen twins Alexandra and Lauren Mann.
“It’s a lot more fun, too,” said Alexandra, one of the 17-year-old sisters from South Miami.
Following a short stint with a band, the pair discovered their destiny as a country-rock crossover duo three years ago and began entertaining crowds as the Mann Sisters. When it comes to songwriting, being both siblings and best friends has had a major impact on their creative efforts.
“Because we’re so close, there’s an openness between us,” Alexandra said.
Constantly jotting down ideas also helps. They carry notebooks everywhere and use their lyrics to connect with audiences. The twosome’s silky harmonies are backed by skilled instrumental handiwork. Alexandra plays guitar and harmonica. Lauren is on piano, organ and keyboards.
The sisters, fourth-generation Miamians, are racking up a growing resume of performances including schools, festivals, veteran hospitals, homeless shelters and open mic nights. It’s all in keeping with their personal mantra that music is meant to be shared, Lauren said.
A debut single, “Breathe Slow,” dropped in November. A CD is due to be released in 2011, Alexandra said.
Their next gig will be 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Chrystal Hartigan Presents … Songwriters Showcase at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Abdo New River Room, 201 SW Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Visit chrystalhartiganpresents.com or call 954-462-0222.
For more information, go to themannsisters.com and forwardmotionrecords.com.
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