Who is Tigirlily Gold? The Story Behind Their Journey to Country Music

Who is Tigirlily Gold? The singer-songwriters joined us to chat about their journey to country music. Get to know the rising stars here…


Tigirlily Gold // Credit: Jared Olson

Quick Facts:

Full Name – Tigirlily Gold (Kendra & Krista Slaubaugh)
Birthdate – Kendra – January 19th; Krista – April 26th
Hometown – Hazen, North Dakota
Current City – Nashville, TN
Musical Influences – Taylor Swift, The Chicks, Lady A, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts
Label – Monument Records
Current Single – “Shoot Tequila” (as of date of article 7/19/23)

The Beginning:

Today’s rising artist is one you may recognize. Sister-duo, Tigirlily Gold, comprised of Kendra and Krista, are incredible singers and songwriters. Keep reading to learn more about their impressive story so far.

Growing up in North Dakota, the women of Tigirlily Gold have always loved music. “We’re sisters, so we grew up singing together, listening to music together, singing at church, and any local event that was going on they would ask us to sing at,” they shared. “Krista started writing songs at ten years old and playing guitar, and I had been in piano lessons, since 2nd grade,” shared Kendra.

At an early age, the singer-songwriters found inspiration in all of the music they listened to. “We grew up on 2000s country radio. So a lot of bands like Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, even Adele, Taylor Swift, Little Big Town. Anything with harmony we were always drawn to. We loved the song “We The Pieces” by The Wreckers,” they shared. “We also look up to our ladies in country music quite a bit. Miranda [Lambert], Carrie [Underwood], Shania [Twain], Faith Hill, and ultimately we saw them on their arena tours and we said “hey if we ever get a chance to create this kind of career and play shows for thousands of people, that is exactly what we want to do in the long run.”

As the  sisters started writing their own music, they learned that performing was part of their path. “Once Krista started writing songs was when we started to get the performing bug and maybe taking this more seriously. At 14 and 16, we officially started Tigirlily Gold, when we were in high school. We started touring around the midwest and surrounding states, and eventually started making trips back and forth to Nashville to see what it was all about.”

The Turning Point:

With a firm goal of making it to Nashville in mind, Tigirlily Gold set out to make that dream a reality. “After Krista graduated high school in 2016, we toured around the midwest for a year, saving up money to move to Nashville,” shared Kendra. “We knew we had to be in Nashville to take this somewhere bigger, so that was always the goal,” added Krista.

In 2017, Tigirlily Gold officially made the move to music city. “We moved down in 2017, and we kind of knew that we were going to be starting over in the sense that we knew we were going to be a small fish in a big pond, so we really put our heads down and worked really hard and got our music business degrees from Belmont University, and while we were doing that we would write with anyone who would write with us, and then we started playing down on Broadway. We started at Nudie’s Honky Tonk, and made our way down to Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.”

Armed with talent and a strong work ethic, the singer-songwriters were determined to make it in the country music industry. “Growing up in North Dakota, we didn’t actually know you could do this for a living or as a career, but once we knew that and realized that it was like okay nope, this is what we’re doing, there’s no plan b.”

After grinding three days a week, playing at bars on Broadway, the ladies finally landed themselves a record deal with Monument Records. “Eventually the pandemic hit, and we didn’t necessarily know exactly what turn our career was going to take. We signed a record deal with Monument Records into the pandemic which was a huge blessing, and it’s been amazing to work with them.”


Flash forward to today, Tigirlily Gold already released two EPs, including their most recent project, Blonde “The four song EP is basically a teaser of the full thing that’s coming,” they shared. “You have “Blonde” that’s a really fun, girl anthem. Then you have “Shoot Tequila,” which is honky-tonk inspired. We have “Move On” as well which is a little more flirty, sultry, vibes, but still super fun. Then we have “Hometown Song” which is definitely the most vulnerable song on the EP and almost like a letter to our hometown. But we really just wanted to start the year off with a bang and get people excited for this music and more to come. This EP really shows where we’re at in life right now, our sound, and what we’re all about, and we’re really excited that people have been gravitating towards it.”

While all the songs on the project are impressive, “Hometown Song” stands out for good reason. “Our kind of roadblock [in writing a song about our hometown ] was that we weren’t being completely honest about how we feel about our hometown. It’s not 100% love and it’s not 100% hate, and there’s not a lot of country songs that talk about the in-between, push and pull of being in the same town for 18, 19 years of your life.”

The EP marks the first half of an album that is slated for release sooner rather than later. The songstresses are already playing the unreleased songs out on the road. Fans can catch Tigirlily Gold playing shows and the festival circuit, and stay tuned for more new music, coming soon!


Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Tigirlily Gold releases.

To keep up with Tigirlily Gold, follow on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Tigirlily Gold’s music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.


Tigirlily Gold: ‘Blonde’ – EP Review | Country Swag

Tigirlily Gold release their new EP, Blonde, out now, June 23rd, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

In a new era of music for the recently renamed, Tigirlily Gold (Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh), the sister duo is sharing their growth and talent with fans. Their latest project, a four-song EP called Blonde features music that speaks to where they are in their lives right now, their growth as artists and songwriters, and everything in between.

The record kicks off the fun-loving title track. Tigirlily Gold sing about embracing the ‘blonde’ lifestyle, namedropping icons like Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe, and Norma Jean. The song is anthemic and fun, a breathe of fresh air in a sea of more serious tunes in the country music landscape.

“You can’t buy happiness // But you can buy hair like this // It’s a Dolly Parton state of mind // It’s Marilyn leaving Norma Jean behind // From dirty to platinum // We’re just trying to have some fun // When we’re feeling low, we’re high-lighten up // Every day’s a good day when you’re waking up // Uh, blonde, ooh, yeah //So blonde (I mean, if you don’t have it yet)”

The duo continues to unapologetically celebrate who they are on their next song, “Hometown Song.” While “Blonde” is a celebration in its own right, “Hometown Song” is a nostalgic song about their upbringing – the good and the bad. While it feels personal to Tigirlily Gold, “Hometown Song” is the type of song that everyone can relate to. With lyrics like, “It took me 18 years to get out, but I’m still trying to move on,” it is clear that the songstresses know what it feels like to be conflicted about their hometown.

Tigirily Gold slows things down other next track, “Move On.” The brand new song is sexy, calming, and intriguing. Throughout the track, the ladies express what it is like to find a love interest and waiting for them to make a move. We hear a lot of songs from male country singers finding a girl, but hearing a song from a female perspective feels refreshing.

Lastly, Blonde concludes with the song “Shoot Tequila.” Much like “Blonde,” “Shoot Tequila” is a fun song, cementing that the record is bookmarked by two great songs. While each of the four songs showcase the duo’s songwriting prowess, “Shoot Tequila” features their incredible word play, something we love in country music.

Overall, Blonde is a great re-introudcition to the Tigirily Gold women. Each of the four songs give us something different to be excited for in a full-length record from the rising artists.

Blonde  Track List
  1. Blonde (Kendra Jo Slaubaugh, Krista Jade Slaubaugh, Alex Kline, Scott Stepakoff)
  2. Hometown Song (Kendra Jo Slaubaugh, Krista Jade Slaubaugh, Alex Kline, Scott Stepakoff)
  3. Move On (Kendra Jo Slaubaugh, Krista Jade Slaubaugh, Alex Kline, Scott Stepakoff)
  4. Shoot Tequila (Kendra Jo Slaubaugh, Krista Jade Slaubaugh, Kevin Griffin, David Mescon)

Tigirlily Gold drop their brand new EP, ‘Blonde’ out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Tigirlily Gold releases.

To keep up with Tigirlily Gold, follow on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Blonde is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Viral TikTok Stars in Country Music That We Love Right Now

Here are five country music viral TikTok stars that we are loving right now. Let us know what other country music artists you’re loving on TikTok.

TikTok is full of talented budding artists with millions of followers. Overflowing with tons of incredible country songs that have gone viral way before they were even officially released, but it’s even more exciting to see all the country artists who have become stars because of their platforms. Check out a few of our new favorites below. Let us know how your list matches up with ours.

Chris Ruediger

A founding member of the 615 House, alongside others like Ashley Cooke, Chris Ruediger is the real deal. He has created an impressive platform for himself on TikTok and on Instagram. The singer-songwriter has an incredible voice and a knack for creating meaningful and nostalgic lyrics in songs. Most recently, Ruediger released his EP, Kid Anymore with four songs, including viral hits like “When You Don’t.”

Lathan Warlick

Lathan Warlick is an artist who is following in the footsteps of singer-songwriters skilled at blending and blurring genre lines. The hip-hop and country sensation boasts almost 2 million followers on TikTok alone. His music appeals to the masses, while he gears up for his debut EP, Let’s Be Honest, out this Friday. Warlick has already collaborated with artists like Tyler Hubbard, Granger Smith, Jimmie Allen, and BRELAND in his young and prospering career.

Dylan Brady

With almost a million TikTok followers, it is safe to say that Dylan Brady is an artist to look out for. The country-pop artist has had much success on social media, garnering loyal fans across the platforms. His single, “Don’t Love A Girl,” went viral, and it’s safe to say that fans are fully on board with his talent. He is currently promoting his newest song “Brings You Back,” out now.

Alexandra Kay

Alexandra Kay is an incredible songstress, who is currently killing it on tour. She recently toured with artists like Russell Dickerson and Tim McGraw. Her viral song “That’s What Love Is,” is one of the most romantic songs out there. Fans fell in love with the track so much that Kay went ahead and created a wedding version of the romantic track.

Tigirlily Gold

Rounding out our list is the dynamic female songstress duo, Tigirlily Gold. The sassy sister duo have over half a million followers on TikTok alone. The ladies boast a likeness to artists like RaeLynn and Maddie & Tae. With harmonies and personality for days, it is hard not to fall in love with their artistry. Currently, the ladies are promoting their debut self-titled EP, out now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming announcements and releases, including news about these viral TikTok stars.