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Music has always had a resounding presence in the lives of twin sisters Leanna Price and Lauren Price Napier. Growing up, their parents sang traditional and old-time country songs and as the sisters grew up hearing duet harmony, they naturally became accustomed to singing together themselves. Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments for their eighth birthday and began taking lessons within a year or so afterwards, though they didn't take as strong an interest in bluegrass music specifically until their mid-high school years. The girls then began attending as many festivals and workshops as possible.
In the spring of 2016, Leanna and Lauren signed to Rebel Records and subsequently recorded and released an EP that August, thus beginning pursuit to tour professionally as The Price Sisters. The Price Sisters have now performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States as well as in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Canada. The Sisters released their first full-length album for Rebel Records, "A Heart Never Knows," in the spring of 2018 and in 2019 hired their first full-time touring band.
While Lauren and Leanna front the band and are recognized for their twin-sister harmony singing, the girls are supported by band members who are each accomplished musicians in their own right, all within the group having earned regards from those in the business whom they admire. The band is made up of young multi-instrumentalists and vocalists and showcases and traditional, yet fresh and innovative sound. Lauren is a five-time instructor at the Monroe Mandolin Camp and continues to be an in-demand instructor at music camps across North America, having added the DelFest Academy, Camp Bluegrass, and more to her teaching roster.
In June of 2019, Lauren was honored with a feature interview for Mandolin Cafe. Leanna has been a featured artist in Fiddler Magazine, presently works as an apprentice of set-up and repair at Nashville's The Violin Shop, and is a frequent fiddler on WSM's Grand Ole Opry. Banjo player Trevor Holder was awarded first prize on the banjo at the prestigious Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, VA, in 2019. Bobby Osborne Jr on bass is no stranger to bluegrass and country music, having made his career thus far playing music with his father, Bobby Osborne. Conner Vlietstra is not only a talented guitarist and vocalist, but is an award-winner on several instruments and is well-versed in material stemming from the pre-bluegrass and country music catalogs. Both collectively and individually, band members have instructed and hosted various vocal and instrumental workshops/lessons in private and festival/group settings.
Bluegrass Unlimited magazine has featured articles on The Price Sisters in two separate issues to date; both releases on Rebel Records earned "highlight" reviews in the magazine as well. The Price Sisters have garnered significant press through outlets such as No Depression, Paste Magazine, For Folk's Sake, The Bluegrass Situation, and The Eddie Stubbs Show. Lauren and Leanna have been Artists in Residense for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY, performing bluegrass music programming across 24 area elementary schools. The Price Sisters band collectively has been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Momentum Band of the Year (2019) while Lauren has received nominations for Momentum Vocalist and Instrumentalist of the Year (2019 and 2020, respectively) and Leanna for Momentum Vocalist (2020.) The group has also been featured as an official showcase act for the IBMA, and has appeared at ROMP, DelFest, the University of Chicago's Folklife Festival, and Bean Blossom.
Presently, The Price Sisters have signed on to McCoury Music and are anticipating their first record for the label, produced by Ronnie McCoury, to be released in 2023.