"Mumford and Daughters": That's how Conan O'Brien describes Atlanta-based American quartet von Grey. The four teenage sisters -- Kathyrn, 19, Annika, 18, Fiona, 16, and Petra, 14 -- have been raking in praises for their pristine harmonies and precise instrumentation. Along with their managers (aka Mom and Dad), von Grey has been busy touring, playing Late Show with David Letterman and opening for the Indigo Girls, Sarah McLachlan, and Lindsey Stiling. The group's six song debut EP, Awakening, arrived in January.
Early Inspiration: When the kids were young(er), the lived in India for several months. All classically trained musicians, the girls began dabbling in Celtic and Bluegrass and playing with Indian musicians who play Western Rock. When they returned to Atlanta, the girls start writing their own brand of Americana and rock.
Their classical training, however, has helped distinguish them from other young hopefuls. Annika (violin, banjo, guitar, keyboard) shares songwriting duties with Fiona (guitar, violin, percussion). Petra plays keyboard, lap steel guitar and percussion, while Kathryn handles cellp, bass pedals, mandolin, and keyboard.
What About School? The von Grey sisters are as tight-knit as the von Trapp kids. They're homeschooled, studying in their van between gigs. Even when they do have time off from each other, they hang out together. How do they not kill each other in such close quarters? "We've always been homeschooled, so we're used to each other", say Annika.