Born to folk-music-loving parents, Nalani and Sarina attended concerts and sing-a-longs “in the womb,” eventually joining in vocally themselves at about age five.
Their formal classical piano training began a year later. Mother Bolton made sure their informal music education included all the greats—songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as well as the Beatles and Alanis Morissette. Sarina recalls: “I told my mom that I fell asleep thinking about music and woke up thinking about it too. I think that’s when she knew she was in trouble.”
Songwriting, which became their greatest passion, followed soon after. “It’s my therapy,” says Sarina, “it’s the best way I have of expressing my emotions.” Adds Nalani, “If our songs can have a positive effect on someone, make them feel not so alone, then that’s what makes us want to keep writing songs.”
For the past three years they have been performing original material throughout the Northeast—in places such as Musikfest, World Cafe (Philly and Wilmington), Godfrey Daniels, Steel City, Milkboy, Black Potatoe Festival, Ladybug Festival, and even performing on Sirius XM radio. Recently, they completed recordings designed to present them to a wider audience. Entitled, “Carriage House Sessions,” this 5 song EP contains all original material and features the playing and singing of Nalani and Sarina, backed by some of NYC’s greatest side men — Joe Bonadio (drums), Will Lee (bass), and Tommy Mandel (keys). Says Nalani: “Music means everything to me. Why would I not want to do it as a career?”
While they have all the requisite attributes for a successful modern pop career—beauty, charm, intelligence and a whole lot of style—there’s much, much more. As Nalani puts it, “We didn’t take all those lessons and spend all those hours practicing so we could lip-sync to pre-recorded tracks.” Sarina says, “I can’t remember NOT singing! We just want to be on stage and perform for everyone as long as we can.”
Meaningful songs, tastefully played and soulfully sung with amazing harmonies—all wrapped up in a contemporary package. Celebrated music critic, Dave Marsh, sums it up best:
“To see and hear them now, it’s hard to believe they might not always be this cute and fresh, but listen to their music a bit closer and you’ll realize they won’t have to be.”