The Church Sisters, Sarah and Savannah Church, were born on December 11, 1995 in the coal mining area of Dickenson County, Virginia. After residing in Haysi, Virginia for a short while, they returned to Danville, Virginia, hometown of their mother, Stephanie. They began their musical career in March of 2007 after winning a local talent competition, WAKG Rising Stars. The phone began ringing with requests for them to appear at various places including churches, theaters and festivals. The Church Sisters’ brother, Seth Church, also performs alongside them playing lead guitar . Seth Church is an award-winning guitarist. Since winning the competition, they have been busy traveling the United States and hope to tour Europe someday. The pair have met and performed with prestigious names such as Rhonda Vincent, The Isaacs, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, and Tony Rice. Most recently, Barry Waldrep, who has toured with various artists such as Zac Brown and Joey and Rory, has taken an interest in the girls. Plans for upcoming shows with Barry Waldrep have already been scheduled.
The girls released their first album titled “Farther Along” and are currently working on their second release due out in July. The second album will feature mandolin virtuoso, Adam Steffey, whom the girls are proud to call friend. The album is being recorded by Josh Pickett at Pickett Recording Studio who has also contributed guitar and bass tracks for the album. The fiddle player for Martina McBride, Jenee Fleenor, adds a melodic fiddle to complete the wonderful sound this album will entail. Josh Pickett is the girls’ cousin and is currently touring with The Church Sisters, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time and The No Speed Limit Band.
The pair’s most recent venture was included on a stellar album produced by Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Carl Jackson. The album, named “Mark Twain Words and Music”, includes renowned Nashville recording artists such as Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Marty Raybon and Jimmy Buffett. “Mark Twain Words and Music” was released on Jimmy Buffett’s label, Mailboat Records.