JPR Live Session: Lily & Madeleine (2016)

Jun 17, 2016

When Indianapolis sisters Lily and Madeleine first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. Although they now find themselves in an acclaimed full-fledged career, what got them here has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with the spirit.

The music will always be first,” says Lily. From the beginning, the sisters’ calling card has been the breathtaking and intuitive union of their voices. “Their voices can pierce through the chaos of everyday life and actually make you stop what you’re doing.” - American Songwriter.

When the two come together in ecstatic and seamless “blood harmony,” it’s a sound that continues to haunt long after the songs are sung, leaving an electrical charge behind like a sparkling tracer in the air. When they step out individually as vocalists, Lily’s warm, smoky alto is the counterpoint to Madeleine’s crystalline, bell-like soprano.

Keep It Together is the third full length album for the duo, and it’s a bit of a departure from the last two records. This time around, they arranged all the songs with friends Kate Siefker (drums, percussion, synth, bass) and Shannon Hayden (cello, guitar, mandolin, synth). Working with a closer knit team of just four ladies helped tighten the sound and unify each track into a complete collection.