Big dreams are often born from the simplest things in life. That is definitely the case for the hottest new female duo on the scene, 2Steel Girls. Hailing from the Appalachian area of Southeast Ohio, music was always the simple thing that bound Allison and Krystal Steel together. “Everyone in our family plays music,” says Krystal. “When you’re from a small town and there’s nothing to do, you gotta make something to do.” Allison agrees. “When I grew up, we were really poor, so playing music was the only thing we could afford to do. I recall when my Mom and I would clean the house she would put on an Elvis record. That was our happy time, our escape.
Turning those simple experiences into big dreams has been an ever present goal for the mother/daughter duo. From their first professional appearance at the legendary Bluebird Café – to three national television performances as part of “Team Blake” in front of 14 million people on ‘The Voice’ – to becoming the first music artists to ever launch a debut independent single with a live performance in front of millions of viewers on the ‘Today’ show with Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb after their fans initiated a campaign to “Get 2Steel Girls on the Today Show” via Facebook and email – chasing the big dream has taken a few amazing twists and turns along the way, but with each one they have grown artistically and more become determined than ever to see those big dreams become reality.
Reflecting on their time on ‘The Voice’ Allison recalls, “I learned that I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, or who I was as an artist. But the most valuable piece of advice that Blake gave us was ‘Just be yourselves.'” That advice would be hard to embrace after their time on the show was over. “We felt like we needed to listen to people in the industry, but they all had different opinions. We were told ‘you’re sound is too soulful, you need to add more twang, you dress too weird, you’re too goofy acting,” says Krystal. “Basically, you have to fit in and be like everyone else. We felt like we were being put in a box. And we tried to record music that fit into that box. But we got to the point where we felt like it took all of the artistry out of it. The process of just standing behind a mic and singing and looking pretty just didn’t work for us. It just wasn’t who we are. We were so unhappy.” Allison adds “coming from a background of performing in churches, if the crowd wasn’t excited, you weren’t doing your job! Now suddenly, we were being asked to be something we were not.”
But all of that changed when they went back to the advice that Blake had given them, to “Just be yourselves.” With that as their North Star to guide them, they set about finding and writing songs that were true to who they are as artists. And they began the process of recording their first full-length album, ‘The Real Thing,’ which was released in June 2018. ‘The Real Thing’ draws from the many and varied musical influences that have inspired the duo. From Elvis to Etta James, Whitney Houston to Willie, and Prince to Steven Tyler, the album presents a rainbow palette of sound that is as bright and explosive as the clothes they wear and their powerful and energetic stage show.
With Country, power Pop and Rock ballads, up tempo female empowerment themes set to retro ‘80s Pop vibes, to soulful Blues Rock, ‘The Real Thing’ is an album that truly represents what the 2Steel Girls are as artists. And the record is finding appeal with a wide audience, notching a spot on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart in the first few weeks of its release.
“What we’ve learned is people love good music. It doesn’t matter who the artist is. They just love good songs. Songs that make you feel an emotional connection to. Like Willie, his songs are simple, but powerful,” says Krystal.
And while 2Steel Girls are indeed finding success on their own terms as genre-bending artists in an industry that is not always accepting of creative diversity, their message remains simple; Stay true to yourself, make good music that makes people feel something, and never stop dreaming big dreams.
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