Monique and Chauntee Ross have, quite literally, been involved with music as long as they can remember. The siblings have played string instruments since before they were in grade school.
Monique and Chauntee Ross have, quite literally, been involved with music as long as they can remember. The siblings have played string instruments since before they were in grade school. Along with two of their older sisters, Monique and Chauntee spent much of their youth learning gospel and orchestral standards and plying that early experience in a band called Sisters Of Praize that performed at churches, nursing homes, and corporate events. In recent years, they decided to blend their varying areas of expertise with their own material to start SistaStrings. Despite making a name for themselves by playing out frequently and accompanying the likes of Mike Mangione, Klassik, and Nickel&Rose, the dynamic duo had almost no recorded material to their name: until 2019, that is. This year, SistaStrings treated listeners to Lift, a five-song illustration of the Ross sisters’ uncanny skill set, artistry, and imagination. Soulful opener “Shea Butter Dreams” sparks the EP into existence before giving way to an astounding adaptation of “Deep River,” a touching biographical original called “Her Name Was,” and “Cadenza For Chauntee”—a gorgeous instrumental number—before reaching a smooth and uplifting landing conclusion with an unforgettable version of “Lift Every Voice.”
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