Tigirlily, the sibling duo made up of Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh, has music in their blood. The sisters discovered at an early age that their voices together made magic, and have since then been focused solely on sharing their gift with as many people as possible.
“We started Tigirlily officially about eight years ago, but we’d been doing music for as long as I can remember,” Kendra tells Everything Nash. “Basically Krista started writing songs at 10, and I was 13, I think when I started writing songs, but we started putting stuff out on YouTube, because we were from North Dakota. We wanted a way to get our music out there to a new audience. And then we basically started playing every county fair, every local show possible.”
Tigirlily was pleasantly surprised at how well their music took off in North Dakota, but it didn’t take long for them to realize they wanted to reach a broader audience with their unique style of music.
“August of ’17, we’re like, ‘Okay, what’s the next step? What’s the next move?'” Krista recalls. “I graduated high school in 2016, moved down to Nashville in August of 2017. We’re like, ‘Okay, I know this is going to be a lot different,’ but we transferred to Belmont University, started playing three to four times a week in downtown Nashville and then writing as much as we could. We just kind of went full force into Nashville, and three and a half years later it feels like home. Nashville’s treated us very well.”
Tigirlily is already making waves with their infectious new single, “Somebody Does.”
“It was dreary and we were tired and we had been writing so much at that point, on the day we wrote ‘Somebody Does,” Kendra remembers of the day they penned “Somebody Does.” “We were like, ‘I don’t even know if I have any new ideas. The world feels heavy.’ … Our co-writer, Zarni Devette, who we love and we’d written a lot with her was basically like, ‘Okay, well, if you guys have one thing to say to the world right now, what would you say?’ And we kept coming back to the phrase, ‘I don’t know who needs to hear this, but somebody does.'”
“Somebody Does” was bound to be a hit anyway, but even moreso after the last year.
“Krista likes to say like, it’s like taking people by their shoulders and being like, ‘You matter. You are loved,'” Kendra shares. “And I think this song, it was so special because just over the last year, and it being so heavy and people feeling so isolated, this song is really speaking to people in a different way. When writing it, we never realized how much it was going to touch people.”
Tigirlily recently signed to Monument Records, under Shane McAnally — the epitome of a dream come true for the rising stars.
“When we moved to Nashville, we always had a dream team of people, and Shane was always at the top,” Kendra says. “We just wanted to write with him. That was our dream. We never realized it was gonna turn into this whole other thing, but Shane was at the top of our list. It’s just been incredible to work with him in the studio.”
“And he literally is one of the top songwriters in Nashville, and he could be intimidating,” adds Krista. “He is established, a professional, has so much success, but when working with us, he really made us feel like we were equals and had a lot of voice, and made us feel super comfortable in our art. That just shows he’s a such a good person. And he really is a creative genius. Being in the studio with him was like nothing else.”
“Somebody Does” not only hit the top of the iTunes country chart, but spent a day at No. 1 on the all-genre chart as well, an almost unheard of feat for an act that is just starting out.
“For a lot of people, it was like, ‘Oh yeah, Tigirlily. We know them. We’ve been supporting them for eight years,'” Krista notes. “But for a lot of people it’s like, ‘Who are these girls? Who are these girls sitting at the top of the iTunes charts? Who the heck is Tigirlily? Beating Cardi B and ‘Driver’s License’ — why are they at the top of the charts?’
“It’s so gratifying for us,” she concludes, “to see our North Dakota peeps, who have been following us since the beginning, all the people who have seen us play downtown at Whiskey Row, and then a bunch of new people being like, ‘Oh, I’ve never heard of you guys, but I love this song.'”
Download “Somebody Does” on iTunes.