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The Secret Sisters

www.secretsistersband.com

Artist Bio

The Secret Sisters—Laura and Lydia Rogers—grapple with love and loss on new album Saturn Return, due out [DATE].

Saturn Return is the Alabama-based duo’s second release for New West Records. Like its predecessor, 2017’s Grammy-nominated You Don’t Own Me Anymore, the record was produced by Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth.

The elements that made listeners fall in love with the band’s 2010 self-titled debut album—sweet, strong voices, carefully crafted musical arrangements, and soul-baring songwriting—are still present, but there’s also newfound confidence and individuality.

The album is named after an astrological occurrence in which the planet Saturn returns to the same place in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person’s birth. During this phase, which happens approximately every 29 ½ years, said Laura, a woman “comes into her own and has this awakening in herself about who she is as a person. It can also be a very traumatic time where your whole world just seems to radically shift.”

“When this is happening, you begin to feel the pressure of time and awareness of your own mortality,” Lydia added. “It brings the important aspects of life into sharper clarity and it centers your mind on what’s really important.”

Recorded in Carlile’s home studio in Washington state, Saturn Return heralds the arrival of a new era of The Secret Sisters, who both experienced their first Saturn returns while making the record. Carlile challenged the sisters to sing as individuals instead of relying solely on close harmony singing, and for the first time, Laura and Lydia performed separately in the studio. This is also the first album in which The Secret Sisters composed all the songs without any co-writers.

Death and life entwine like newlyweds’ fingers throughout Saturn Return. Shortly after the sisters began writing for this album, both of their grandmothers passed away within a week of one other. At the same time, the sisters were preparing to start families of their own.

The record begins with “Silver,” a prescient meditation on motherhood and the beauty found in the hard-won wisdom that comes with age, and the sisters share one another’s sorrow in closing track “Healer in the Sky,” an understated ballad—written by Lydia and sung by Laura—that builds into a moment of catharsis.

First single “Cabin,” written from the perspective of a woman who has been assaulted, haunts listeners long after the song’s final notes fade away. The song—a battle cry for the mistreated and mishandled—was written while Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings dominated the media. “He did not have permission / But he had his way / If I tell his secret, they won’t believe me anyway,” the duo sings over wailing guitar.

During The Secret Sisters’ live performances, “Cabin” has become a battle cry for those who have been mistreated or struggle with the long-lasting impact of trauma. Said Laura, “This song was our way of saying, ‘We hear you, and we know it hurts…we know you’re not over it and that’s okay.’”

Grief never fully disappears, and the joy found in its wake is sweeter because of it. After recording Saturn Return, both Lydia and Laura welcomed their first children. “Hold You Dear,” a tender ballad laced with piano and strings, was written in fifteen minutes by a thrilled and terrified Laura the day she learned she was pregnant. Infectious “Hand Over My Heart” captures the freewheeling thrill of finding true love, while “Late Bloomer,” written by Lydia, is an anthem celebrating those who, like The Secret Sisters, ignore trends and flourish their own way, at their own time.

With Saturn Return, The Secret Sisters have truly come into their own as artists, songwriters, and singers. “I’ve come to feel like this is what we were meant to do,” said Lydia. “That’s a really good feeling.”

 

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Tour Dates

Dec 13 2019
Brandi Carlile with the Seattle Symphony: Right Now Is At The Speed Of Light
Seattle, WA
Dec 14 2019
Brandi Carlile with the Seattle Symphony: Right Now Is At The Speed Of Light
Seattle, WA
Dec 15 2019
Brandi Carlile with the Seattle Symphony: Right Now Is At The Speed Of Light
Seattle, WA
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Dec 31 2019
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jan 27 2020
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 25 2020
Murmurr Theatre
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 27 2020
City Winery Boston
Boston, MA
Mar 28 2020
City Winery Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Mar 29 2020
Birchmere
Alexandria, VA
Mar 31 2020
The Southgate House Revival
Newport, KY
Apr 02 2020
Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago, IL
Apr 03 2020
The Grand Theatre
Wausau, WI
Apr 04 2020
Pablo Center at the Confluence
Eau Claire, WI
Apr 05 2020
Varsity Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Apr 06 2020
Waiting Room Lounge
Omaha, NE
Apr 08 2020
Wooly's
Des Moines, IA
Apr 09 2020
Knuckleheads Saloon
Kansas City, KS
Apr 10 2020
Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO
Apr 23 2020
MIM Music Theatre
Phoenix, AZ
Apr 24 2020
The Alibi
Palm Springs, CA
Apr 25 2020
Casbah
San Diego, CA
Apr 28 2020
Lodge Room Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 29 2020
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Berkeley, CA
May 01 2020
Revolution Hall
Portland, OR
May 02 2020
Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA
Jun 10 2020
The Apex
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Jun 11 2020
The Met
Bury, United Kingdom
Jun 13 2020
Sage Gateshead
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Jun 14 2020
Firth Court
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Jun 16 2020
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds, United Kingdom
Jun 17 2020
The Stables
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Jun 18 2020
Union Chapel
London, United Kingdom
Jun 19 2020
Black Deer Festival
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Jun 19 2020
St George's Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
Jun 21 2020
Black Deer Festival
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Jun 24 2020
Les Étoiles
Paris, France
Jun 25 2020
L'Avenirsite
Lier, Belgium
Jun 26 2020
Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jun 26 2020
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aug 27 2020
Tønder Festival
Tønder, Denmark

News

11/15/2019

THE SECRET SISTERS’ NEW ALBUM SATURN RETURN OUT FEBRUARY 28 PRODUCED BY BRANDI CARLILE AND TIM AND PHIL HANSEROTH LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE “CABIN”

“How would you feel if you got the opportunity to make your favorite band’s album?”—Brandi Carlile Grammy-nominated The Secret Sisters’ new album, Saturn Return, will be released February 28 on…

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