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LAVENDINE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT
A misty film permeates the music of Lavendine, aka twin sisters Jacy and Jana Ayers. Most of the songs on Feel My Way are in a minor key, darkened by gray guitar textures through which their harmonies search like beacons in a storm. They have some of the “high lonesome” quality of the great sibling duos: graceful phrasing, pure timbres, perfect intervals sung with no vibrato but resonant with feeling. It’s not party-down, sing-along Country, but it does settle near to the soul of classic Country.
Raised mainly in Oklahoma, the Ayers girls began singing together around 4 years old. After spending two years to college, they moved to Nashville. Complete strangers in town, they struggled to make their mark but eventually went back to Oklahoma to regroup.
There, they met and married two guys who happened to be brothers. They also ran a day spa and hosted their own radio show. But their hopeful path diverted into a minefield of health issues – Jana survived a nearly fatal brain tumor, lost 80 percent of her hearing in one ear and still suffers ongoing pain. Jacy underwent 10 different surgeries as well as an ectopic pregnancy.
It’s a wonder that they were able to return to Nashville, connect with producer Danny Duncan and record this emotionally compelling album for 400 SWC Records. Though it’s not what passes for commercial today, none with a heart can hear Lavendine without being touched somewhere deep inside.
ALL ANSWERS GIVEN BY BOTH JACY AND JANA AYERS
Who are your musical heroes?
“Phil Collins and Mutt Lange.”
What book is on your nightstand?”
What song would you love to cover?
“‘Love of a Lifetime,’ by Firehouse.”
What do you sing in the shower?
What is your pet peeve?
“Slow traffic lights.”
What word or phrase do you repeat over and over?
What actress would portray you in a biopic?
“Meg Ryan or Michelle Pfeiffer.”
What moment in your lives would you relive?
Do you have a lucky charm?
What was your greatest performance to date?
“We performed for Vice President Al Gore. We were special guests.”
What is your favorite food on the road?
“Cheese and crackers, and pizza.”
What song do you wish you had written?
“‘Hold On To The Nights,’ by Richard Marx.”
What is your greatest challenge?
“Overcoming sickness and health battles.”
What would be the title of your autobiography?
“You Will Make It.”
What do you hope people will say about you in the future?
“They gave people hope.”
photo: Jacy and Jana Ayers
Below, check out the lyric video for Lavendine’s song, “You Can’t Change My Mind.”