At just 19 and 16 years of age, sibling duo Ella & Sienna are already turning heads. While juggling typical teen commitments like university, high school, work and sport, the pair from the Adelaide Hills have managed some extraordinary feats. They've performed at a swag of Country music festivals, bested multiple talent comps and recently cracked Rita Ora's final six on The Voice Australia. "Their vocal blend is impeccable. There's no other act like them in the entire competition," boasted Ora. Today, Ella & Sienna share their latest triumph; the brand new single, 'Saved'.
"If you love the blend of country-pop music and heartfelt lyrics that typified Taylor Swift's early music, this will be right up your alley" (Lauran Katulka - Sounds of Oz). 'Saved' certainly ticks all the boxes for heartfelt lyrics, with a strong message of resilience and standing on one's own two feet. "[it's] so important to us as young women finding our place in the music industry and we hope it can inspire many other young artists to take control and find their own freedom," confesses the duo.
Yet, the song's vulnerable words balance perfectly atop an upbeat, reverb-clad musical bed. Jangly, chorused guitars lead the charge, leaving ample space for the sisters' vocal harmonies to soar. Guitar World's Matt Doria hits the nail on the head, "layered lead vocals jam‑packed with character even in their most understated moments."
The flawless production is the work of maestro, Matt Fell (Troy Cassar-Daley, Fanny Lumsden, Shane Nicholson). "We were so excited to finally record this track with Matt Fell in Tasmania this May," the sisters recall. "[it] was actually one of the first songs we wrote." After years of already performing the song across the country, it was there, nestled in the quiet shadow of Tasmania's Mount Roland that it found new heights. "It was such a beautiful experience to see it come alive in the studio."
The girls grew up in a music loving household. When Sienna, at the tender age of three, saw a film clip of P!NK on television, she declared "When I grow up I wanna be a rock star!" From there, it was only a matter of time before their journey towards musical success was set in motion. Both Ella & Sienna developed their voices to create a unique blend of sublime harmonies, while Ella learned guitar and Sienna bass and piano along the way.
Like a rollercoaster, Ella & Sienna's relatively short journey has been full of thrills. As recent graduates of the Country Music Association of Australia's Junior Academy, the siblings have been mentored by some of the best - Kasey Chambers even joined them on stage at the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival. They've also shared the stage with Golden Guitar winning artists Ashleigh Dallas and Lyn Bowtell and featured their talents at an impressive array of festivals, including the Gympie Music Muster, the Ekka, Country by the River, Fleurieu Folk Festival, and Valley Folk Festival.
Last year Ella & Sienna were finalists for the Folk Alliance Australia 2021 Youth Folk Artist of the Year and Live Performance category winners in the Songwriters Composers and Lyricists Association 2021 Festival of Original Music. Testament to this, their previous release 'Next to Mine' proved a hit. The unique bop spent 8 weeks in the CountryTown Hot 50 airplay chart, peaking at #32.
It's almost hard to believe music this discerning can come from such young artists, but Ella & Sienna make it look easy. Their thoughtful songwriting, along with their vocal and instrumental prowess rival that of seasoned pros. The beautifully layered and evocative 'Saved' already plays like a classic. If it's any sign of things to come the sibling duo's star is sure to rise fast. Ella & Sienna will celebrate the launch of their new track with a show at The Jade in Adelaide on July 1st.
Friday 1 July - The Jade, Adelaide – SA
Saturday 9 July - Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga – SA (w/ Lucas Day)
Friday 12 Aug - Ekka, Bowen Hills - QLD (w/ Amy Sheppard)
Saturday 13 Aug - Ekka, Bowen Hills - QLD
Sunday 11 Sept - Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield – SA
Saturday 15 Oct - Acoustics in the Park, Langhorne Creek – SA
Saturday 5 Nov – The Barn at Wombat Flat, Neales Flat – SA (w/c Kristy Cox + The Weeping Willows)
Saturday 19 Nov – Sale Country Music Festival, Sale – VIC
Saturday 20 Nov – Pig and Whistle, Main Ridge – VIC