Hi! We’re the GillyGirls: an Americana, Bluegrass band welcome to our music!
“Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make His praise glorious.” Psalm 66:1-2
What do you get when you take two sets of teenage twins, stir in a mandolin, banjo, ukulele and several other stringed instruments? If you’re talking about the GillyGirls Band, the mix results in high-energy, old-time country (complete with yodeling) and gospel music. In their vintage inspired dresses and cowboy boots, these charming, young ladies bring refreshing wholesomeness to performances! The four sisters, Savannah & Morgan age 17, and Hailey & Jillian, age 15, call themselves an Americana, Bluegrass band. Growing up on a 5-Generation family ranch in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills has given them a love for all things country, and that includes traditional American music. It is easy to forget they haven’t done this for long. They make it look effortless and fun!
They all contribute vocally, in a style that makes us love tight sibling harmony. Savannah plays fiddle, sings harmonies and does arrangements for the band while Morgan plays bass and trades between lead and baritone vocals. Her younger sister, Hailey is the guitarist and sings lead and tenor vocals. Jillian, sings and plays mandolin, but can move effortlessly to bass or banjo. You are in for a treat if they perform a Capella!
These two sets of twins have a story that borders on science fiction. Adopted and born into the same family through a unique and special program which places cryogenically frozen embryos with infertile couples, through an adoption matching process. This program is called “Snowflakes Embryo Adoption”. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, each embryo is unique, and a gift from Heaven.“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Planned before the foundation of the world, created in His image, chosen for God’s purposes, these girls were protected for over 5 years while being frozen. There are over 1,000,000 embryos in waiting who are defenseless and without a voice, but these 4 sisters, once frozen embryos, have been blessed to use their voices in song, sharing hope, joy and the love of Jesus.
The band released two albums in 2019, which brings the total to three. As well as numerous awards won through the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association they recently received the honor of First place in a local, “Country Music Talent Search”! They have been performing since 2015, at numerous festivals, camps, churches, schools, rodeos, libraries, the World Ag Expo, historical and folklore society concerts, many private events, and on live radio as well as with the team of the KMPH Fox 26 Morning Show, based in Fresno and more. Recently Central Californians heard them during the Fresno premiere of the Ken Burns’ PBS Documentary film “Country Music”. They impressed a full theater and producer Ken Burns himself said, “We will be seeing them at The Grand Ole Opry soon.”
Savannah | 17
Savannah is the oldest, and is our lead fiddle player. She does all of our musical song arranging. She loves to play piano and her fiddle, and is an excellent cook! She loves coffee, and she is the family barista!
Morgan | 17
Morgan is the second oldest, and she is our lead bassist. She can also play the mandolin, piano, and ukulele. She loves to play with her cats, knit, and she has perfect pitch!
Hailey | 15
Hailey is the third child, and she is our lead guitarist. Hailey is the jokester of the family. When she’s not playing music, she loves to take walks, play volleyball, and dance around the house!
Jillian | 15
Jillian is the youngest and tallest! She is our lead mandolin player. She designed and manages our website! She also has her own small business called Traces of Smoke, where she sells handmade wood burned art!
“Twelve-year -old twins, Savannah and Morgan, and 91⁄2-year-old twins, Hailey and Jillian have proved to be musical prodigies. They were poised and professional as they performed two sets for a capacity, appreciative audience. They made singing and playing multiple instruments look fun and easy. These girls love music. Savannah says that music is her “refuge”. Morgan says that “music is half of her heart, at least”. Hailey says that what she loves most about being in the band is “spending quality time, making memories with her sisters.” Jillian says that “music is the best way for her to communicate joy.” They also love their teacher, Evo Bluestein. The GillyGirls have only been playing stringed instruments since May 2014 and bass and fiddle for six months. What will the next year bring?