Sister C is a sibling trio made up of Cirby, Carli and Celbi Manchaca. They’re Texas made while being influenced by every genre of music. They were first discovered on the second season of The X Factor in 2012, but have advanced so much since that time. They’ve come away with some many lessons in those four years. As part of our Resurgence of The Girl Groups series, Cirby, Carli and Celbi discuss their approach to music, their feelings as to why females centered girls have been missing from music and substantially more.
Described as being against the “same song, different artist” approach to music, along with being trailblazers to a whole new sound. What exactly is that new sound and what does it consist of?
We were brought up listening to artists like Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Merle, Willie, Waylon, and the list goes on and on. Our sound is a mixture of that old traditional country we all love so much and the modern day country you hear on the radio. Being from Texas, we just carry a rootsy sound throughout our music.
Though you’re technically classified as country, other styles (classic rock, sultry blues to contemporary pop) play a big part in your music. Why incorporate so many other genres when they aren’t typically heard/seen in country music?
Growing up with an eclectic mass of music, it just comes naturally for us to incorporate that into the music we create. We find that the more music we listen to, the more music is inspired. Whether it be song lyrics or melodies, we can always find creativity through other genres of music.
What’s the transition been like going from a relatively small town in Texas to Nashville? What has been the most surprising thing you experienced/learned since moving to Nashville?
We have loved every bit of our move here to Nashville! We’d have to say we have been blown away by the amount of support that everyone has for each other. You would think that coming into a city with as much talent as Nashville, that there would be a sense of a dog eat dog competition roaming through the air. However, we have seen first hand that everyone just wants everyone to succeed.
When people listen to Sister C is there a particular message you want them coming away with?
When we write we just want our lyrics to reach out and relate to as many people as possible. We want people to feel our music, not just hear it.
It’s been a few years since you were on X Factor and looking back on that experience; what would you say were the most valuable lessons you were able to come away with?
Working under pressure! Big stage production!
It has been a while since female groups played a large part in music (not just in country) and why do you think that has been? What do you attribute the sudden interest in girl groups to?
We’re not sure why the industry has lacked a huge female presence, we are just glad that people are aware of it and wanting to change it!
What would you say is the hardest part of working together, not just as bandmates, but as sisters? Through the ups and downs, what have you been able to learn to help you on your journey not only through music, but through life?
Being sisters, and anyone who has siblings can relate to this, it’s easy to overstep boundaries. Luckily, we have learned to leave the drama (if any that day) at the door and take care of business first kick ass later!
What is on the horizon for Sister C as you have been making quite a buzz lately?
We are currently writing our butts off so hopefully one day soon once we get signed, (fingers crossed) we’ll have a crazy amount of music to get out to all of our lovely supporters out there! Demo Sessions Vol. 2 is coming soon!