One More Girl-Is all you need

One More Girl

Story: Lenny Stoute

In a line coming from way beyond Mama Mabel Carter, through Dolly Parton and onto the likes of Lucinda Williams, country has always had a soft spot for sassy wimmin. It’s still like that except these days they seem to come up like that sooner. Just ask Taylor Swift.
Or the McKillip sisters, known collectively as country act One More Girl. They’re barely out of their teens but can cheerily relate tales of fending off challenges from managers and record label folk, having to step up in defence of their music.

Speaking from their B.C. home, the pair operate in tandem, tag team style, finish each other's sentences and take up the thread of the conversation at will. So all responses in quotes are from the One More Girl girls as a unit.

“ Essentially, it’s your name on the brand so you have to take responsibility for every part of your career. This is our first worldwide deal (with Interscope) but we’ve had experience with major labels before.

“ Our dad’s a country music producer and mom’s a songwriter so we grew up in the industry and watched how things worked.”
That’s their poised, professional side but they turn into kids when talk turns to the secret Interscope signing.

“ We’ve known about it for six months but legally we couldn’t say anything. It was agony, we were just bursting to talk about this big exciting thing in our lives. It's only in the last couple of weeks that it’s become public knowledge and it feels great”.

Part of the magic for the pair in the Interscope deal lies with the Lady Gaga connection. They’re huge fans and attracted the attention of Interscope A&R executive Vince Herbert, who signed Lady Gaga to his Steamline Records, a joint venture with Interscope.

In L.A. to audition for the label, it got spooky better for the girls when they were told the piano they would be playing was the same one Lady Gaga had played while auditioning for her record deal.

“That was a big moment for us as we are such Gaga fans. I think she’s a true talent. She has the theatrics but she can sing with just a piano and rock the room. Plus she stands for something”.

One More Girl debuted in 2009 with the Big Sky album. Given that they were 14 and 16 when work started, coming up with suitable material was a challenge, since there aren’t; that many suitable tunes for performers that young to articulate convincingly.

Nonetheless, the album put them on the country map. One More Girl saw radio success with the bittersweet single “When It Ain’t Raining” hitting the #1 spot at CMT. Their fourth single “Tumblin’ Tears” sprinted to the top of the charts, and in January 2010 became the most added single in Canada in all formats. In 2010 One More Girl took home the prestigious Canadian Radio Music Award for ‘Best New Country Artist’. BCCMA awards for ‘Single of the Year’, ‘Group or Duo’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Entertainer of the Year’ along with ‘Producer of the Year’ for Tom.
However, the very sweetest icing on the cake was their Canadian Country Music Award for ‘Rising Star’.

“ We were still young as songwriters and we only had one song fit for the first album. We didn’t have much to write about.”
This time, it’s gonna be different, the ladies say, as they’ve now had time to amass some ‘life experiences’.

“ The bulk of the new songs are developed from things either in our lives or in the lives of our friends. We’ve played around so much, have had more varied experiences, both personal and in the business, that now we have things to say”.

These rising stars are clearly on the cusp of big things, with not only the chops but also the business savvy to make it happen. Seemingly with all the bases covered and a solid support network, there are almost no speed bumps on their highway to the big time, right?

Except for the wildest of cards, the one that can inflame the tamest of hearts; we’re talking love, romance, the many-splendoured, many-splintered saviour of souls and wrecker of lives.

They’re young, they’re stars, they’re hot looking, you know this stuff has to factor in. Somehow, it’s no surprise that the ladies have a tight hold on the romance thing by simply keeping it in-house.

“ We’re both dating guys in the band (much mutual laughter here) and it’s working so well we call ourselves the Fantastic Four. It helps that we’ve all been together through both the bad times and the good as you get to know a lot about a person when you go through the lows together.

“ It’s been a great summer; we play one or two gigs every weekend. Love festival season, when we play a lot. We’re young, we like to have fun and we think that communicates onstage. That said, we’re not afraid of controversy, not afraid to speak our minds and ready to defend what we believe in.”

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