Ever heard of The Jansen Sisters? If the answer is no that is about to change. In November 2013 The Jansen Sisters won Long & McQuade’s nationwide Head to Head Music Showdown for original song in the 18 and under age category.
The Jansen Sisters really are sisters Cassidy (16), Micah (14) and Alixx (14). And they really are Jansens. Some of you FMCiCers may know their parents Dan and Jodi Jansen who pastor Pineridge House in Calgary.
Music has always been a part of Jansen family. All three sisters play piano and recently learned guitar, ukulele and upright bass. They sing acoustic folk covers and originals and can be found busking at the Calgary’s Farmer’s Market a couple of times a month or performing at different venues around town.
Jodi found out about the Long & McQuade contest in June and the sisters decided to enter their song “No Typical Girl” which was the first song they had written without the help of their parents. As they told me, “The song is about pushing away from the pressure society puts on girls to be skinny or pretty. We don’t want to have that pressure.”
The Jansen Sisters made it through two rounds of public voting before landing in the top ten to face a panel of judges in the final round. Their win was announced on the Long & McQuade Facebook page in November.
Here is what Long and McQuade had to say about their win, “Congrats to The Jansen Sisters and their original song « No Typical Girl ». It was the infectiously hypnotic acoustic guitar track that caught our attention right off the top and throughout the verses, and then the backups in the choruses. The vocal harmonies here are complex and beautiful. Topped off with great song writing and lyrics supporting a pertinent message, this was an easy choice for us to choose as the winning entry of their category.”
Couldn’t say it better myself. I’m a fan. And as the mom of young girls I’m diggin the message and the music.
The sisters won $1000 in Long & McQuade gift cards and with their winnings they purchased recording equipment so look for their EP of original songs shortly.
Click here to listen to “No Typical Girl”.
To follow The Jansen Sisters on Facebook search Jansensisters and like their page!