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SistaStrings-- Monique and Chauntee come from a musical family of 5. Each of the 4 daughters played one stringed instrument a piece while their brother played piano. The girls began singing and playing as a group in their church and soon they were invited to churches all over the midwest. As each sister graduated high school and went off to college, the group became smaller. Finally, Monique and Chauntee were the only ones left and the only ones who desired to make a career with their music.
SistaStrings is currently based in Milwaukee, WI where they collaborate with local artists and play at various events and weddings. They can be seen on weekends on the corner of michigan and ontario wearing sunglasses and performing in front of a very large Crate & Barrel. There they perform classical music and improv on popular hymns. They are both classically trained musicians having studied at the String Academy of Wisconsin and the Music Institute of Chicago. Both are pursuing higher education in music performance. Although they are classically trained and are passionate lovers of the classical music genre, their first love is gospel music. Their sound is soulful and fresh, a very unique blend of their eclectic musical background. Individually, they have accomplished a lot musically. They've opened for gospel artists Witness, Virtue, and Fred Hammond. Their background in gospel music has allowed them to cultivate their improvisation skills and use their instruments as their voice. After years of being harassed about making a recording, Monique and Chauntee finally feel like they have a perspective and a message that they want to convey to others through their music.
Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of Upright Bassist Johanna Rose and Guitarist Carl Nichols. They formed in the summer of 2016 and spent their first winter and the following spring traveling Europe, playing dozens of shows in France, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Poland, and Ukraine. While in Berlin they recorded their EP, Oh Sweet Love, released in April 2017. Oh Sweet Love, is a sweet-sounding auditory souvenir of Nichols’ and Rose’s four month European journey and a recorded testament to the two-piece’s ability to turn tough times into something vibrant with help from a traveling companion.
Nickel&Rose have influences that span the spectrum of American music. Carl’s background brings elements of West African music and Blues while Johanna brings her experience playing Bluegrass, Folk and Jazz. From loss to heart break to love, Nickel&Rose address the human experience with gentle harmonies and soul stirring cries. With a shared appreciation for traditional music and a desire to break rules, the two have have created a unique sound that embodies Americana's past and future.