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