Kendra and Krista rehearse in Nashville in Triple Kick sneakers

PROGRESS IS pivoting

Sisters, singer-songwriters, and entrepreneurs, Kendra and Krista of Tigirlily embrace their small town roots to achieve their big-city music industry dreams.

Photographed in Nashville, TN

Krista of Tigirlily

A chat with Kendra and Krista of country duo Tigirlily

Did you always know that you wanted to pursue a career in the music industry? How did you get started?

“Kendra and I (Krista) started our band “Tigirlily” together at the ages of 16 and 14 respectively. We grew up singing together for fun, but then realized our passion and love for music when we started writing original music at the ages of 13 and 10. We knew we wanted our music to reach and inspire as many people as possible, and forming a band together provided the next step in our musical journey.”

The music industry can be difficult to break into, especially for women. What has that challenge been like for you, and what have you learned from it?

“The fact that it is harder for women to attain success in the music industry only pushes us harder to be our absolute best. We have sat in meetings where industry professionals have told us to our face that they are not adding women to their roster at the moment because the spots are filled. Until you’re in a room and hear those words for yourself, accepting those industry standards can be very difficult, but it makes us want to work even harder and beat the odds because frankly, we think the industry standards are absurd.

“The fact that it is harder for women to attain success in the music industry only pushes us harder to be our absolute best.”

Because we were so young when we started Tigirlily, we knew we had to be the most prepared, professional, and motivated people in every room at all times to be respected and taken seriously because we knew that ultimately we were responsible for every move in our career. The biggest lesson we have learned is that “no one will work harder for you than you.” Even with all the help, money, connections, etc. in the world, we still are responsible for every outcome. Every opportunity or success we have had thus far comes from us possessing the courage to take initiative to make progress happen.”

How have the past few months been for you as performers? What challenges have you faced, and how have you pivoted your approach to performing?

“As musicians, our last couple of months have looked entirely different than ever before. Though a lot of our creative work is done behind the scenes, most of our income and livelihood comes through live performance. Performing is by far one of our favorite aspects of our career - entertaining, connecting with the audience, and getting lost in the moment through a song. We have had to shift our “live” performances to our social media by offering our fans “live” virtual concerts every week throughout quarantine. We knew that the live virtual concerts wouldn’t quite be the same as a true live experience, but we knew we wanted to try anything to keep our fans engaged and spirits alive.”

Kendra of Tigirlily

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