The Gardiner Sisters from North Carolina are not strangers to the music business. They have been performing and creating music since their childhood. Hailey (22), Allie (20), Mandi (19), Lindsay (15), Abby (12), and Lucy (6) come from a family of entertainers. There are also two brothers in the family, Ben (11), and Tim (8), who don’t enjoy singing as much as their sisters, but are still supportive.
Mandy, Allie, and Hailey began their music journeys at ages 6, 7, and 8 respectively, being taught three-part harmony by their mother. According to their official website:
Singing harmony is second nature to Gardiner Sisters. They come from a family of entertainers that loves the universal positive influence of music. Though each has a recognizable solo voice, it is hard to beat the unique blend that comes from sister’s voices.
For the past five years they have been creating and uploading videos of covers and original music to their YouTube channel (established 8 December 2007 and currently 473,165 subscribers) which has open doors of opportunity for them to collaborate and release their wonderful music to audiences in both the United States and Canada, to include performances at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Their genre of music includes pop, a cappella, and contemporary music. In 2012, their cover of One Direction’s “Kiss You” which now has more than 6 million views, became their first viral video.
The Gardiner family are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, and their family motto is, “If you work hard and put the Lord first, you can do anything you set your mind to.” The sisters have taken that motto to heart. In a 2 September 2014 Deseret News interview, Hailey commented, “We dedicate ourselves to trying to be the best people we can first, the best sisters that we can first, and then hopefully that will translate over into our music.”
The sisters attribute their success to the love and support of their parents who have always believed in their dream and have instilled in each of them a love for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints and a spiritual perspective. Hailey told Deseret News:
I think in the industry what they say is it takes seven ‘no’s’ to get a ‘yes.
Well, we’ve had about 700 ‘no’s’ and still waiting for that ‘yes.’ But our parents have always been there, and they’ve told us if you want this you can have it, you just have to put the work in, and if you are putting the Lord first and working to glorify him and move his work forward, he’ll help you and he’ll magnify your efforts. And we truly believe that.
The Gardiner Sisters continue to make videos of original songs, as well as, covers from Disney love songs to Colbie Caillat and One Republic. Their original music can also be found on iTunes. If they feel that a song contains any lyrics that are questionable, they will choose not to cover that particular song. They also choose songs that are uplifting and have a positive message because they realize the impact that they can have on their audience.
The last sentence of their bio on their YouTube channels sums up the sisters’ objective as far as their music is concerned:
We hope to uplift and inspire those who listen to our music and watch our videos. Our dreams of sharing positive, upbeat songs with our signature harmonies are made possible by all those support our independent endeavors.
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