Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avidglobal following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability tobridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross alltraditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes tocollaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having soldnearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to NeilYoung, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – asinternationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists.
Tegan Quin and Sara Quin were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in1980 and began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15. Following therelease of their first independent full-length album in 1999, Under Feet Like Ours,they caught the attention of Neil Young’s iconic manager, Elliot Roberts, whoquickly signed them to his Los Angeles-based label, Vapor Records. Tegan andSara’s first international release on Vapor, This Business Of Art, was followed by extensiveworldwide touring, including opening slots with Neil Young himself and a firstappearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In 2002, the band released If It Was You, a foundational moment in Tegan andSara’s creative path and musical identity. Its fresh sonic template andcritical success in the US set up their fourth studio album, So Jealous,which ultimately provided their global breakthrough. On the heels of 6 separatesong placements on Grey’s Anatomy, a US radio hit in “Walking With A Ghost”,and a North American tour opening for The Killers, So Jealous cemented Tegan and Sara’s status as one of Canada’s pre-eminentsongwriting forces and musical exports.
In 2007, the release of The Con brought even more critical and commercial acclaim to Tegan andSara. The album was co-produced by Chris Walla, with members of Death Cab forCutie, Weezer and AFI all appearing in supporting musician roles. Their sixthstudio album, Sainthood,was released in 2009 and was accompanied by a self-published three-volume bookset titled ON, IN, AT, whichchronicled a year in the life of Tegan and Sara, in both words and pictures. Sainthood was ultimately nominated for a JunoAward (Canadian Grammy equivalent) and the Polaris Prize. One of the album’ssingles, “Alligator,” was remixed by a wide cross-section of artists includingFour Tet, Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, and VHS or Beta.
In 2011, Tegan and Sara released Grammy-nominated Get Along, a CD/DVD set that includeda live record and a collection of 3 films giving a rare and intimate look intotheir lives and music. The first film, States,features American touring footage and interviews; the second film, India, chronicles their first ever tourof India; and the third film, For TheMost Part, is a special stripped-down studio concert shot with a liveaudience of 75 fans, friends and family over two days in Vancouver, Canada. Thelive record features music recorded during these concerts.
Tegan and Sara have played countless festivals around the worldincluding Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits,and have toured with artists such as The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson,Neil Young, The Pretenders, Ben Folds, City and Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, CyndiLauper, Weezer and Paramore. Since 2003, they have headlined tours in NorthAmerica, Europe, Asia and Australia, consistently selling out theatres aroundthe world. Their music has been featured in major network televisionprograms including 90210, Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars,The Vampire Diaries, and One Tree Hill. They have performed multiple timeson Letterman, Leno and Conan. They have collaborated with artists in allgenres, from superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta, to seminal literaryfigures such as Augusten Burroughs. Their original 2004 breakthrough song,“Walking with a Ghost,” was eventually paid the high honour of being covered byThe White Stripes.
Though their music is not overtly political, Tegan and Sara arevery politically and socially engaged. They are outspoken advocates for LGBTequality, and have done countless fundraisers for youth organizations, musiceducation, literacy, cancer research and LGBT advocacy. The sisters enjoyreading, hair, ships, vampires, hot dogs, talking and relating to elderlypeople, self-soothing, rearranging furniture, and giving excellent advice. Teganlives in LA and Vancouver, Sara lives in NYC and Montreal.
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