Local artists promote self-acceptance
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:09
Sometimes accepting who you are is the best way to succeed.
This is the lesson learned from sisters Natalee and Alexa Falk, USU seniors in interdisciplinary studies, who went from the brink of success performing songs they were told to do and evolved into artists with their own personalities conveyed in their music. They are now a band named FALK, after their surname.
At 6 and 8 years old, the duo started a country group called “Two-stepping.” Natalee said they matured and started working with several different producers including John Deer, who has also worked with SheDaisy, a country music group founded by sisters Kristyn, Kelsi and Kassidy Osborn from Magna, Utah.
When Natalee and Alexa started working with Deer, he was also working with different artists in Brazil.
“He was working with this really big artist in Brazil, Vanessa Camarco, and was submitting songs for her album. He’d been writing with us, so we decided to submit some of ours as well as his own and ours was picked,” Alexa said. “This was when we were 8 and 10.”
The sisters had platinum hits in Brazil and were receiving a lot of media attention.
“It kind of happened on accident,” Alexa said. “Pretty soon we were in the entertainment business.”
Natalee was the youngest artist signed to the label and Alexa was tied to Michael Jackson. At the time, they were in the cross-over country genre, but the label wanted them to be more pop.
“There wasn’t really a cross-over category,” Alexa said. “Taylor Swift hadn’t come out yet, so they wanted us to be more Disney, more pop, more radio friendly.”
She said they had to ditch the country roots and venture into the Disney pop direction with head mikes and dance moves.