Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kayleigh and Kaleena Goldsworthy

First, let's get you up to speed, boys and grrls. Watch the following two videos for the Scarlet Ending, directed by CJ Wallis. And get very fuckin' excited.



Fucking incredible, n'est pas? By now, you've undoubtedly seen our 2011 Women In Horror Massive Blood Drive PSA. What you may not realize is who is behind that addictive and astounding upbeat little piece of musical awesome. May I present to you the Scarlet Ending, but this being Women In Horror month, may I bring focus to the two women front and center in this incredible musical ensemble. Identical twin sisters and songstresses, Kayleigh and Kaleena Goldsworthy.

"As an artist, my goal is to make music my career. It is my ultimate dream to find success with music, and I can’t imagine myself holding any other job than one that involves it. It is so rewarding to know that people enjoy the music and can relate to it. I think that having people relate to your music is one of the biggest accomplishments a musician can have." ~ Kaleena Goldsworthy

"Ditto what my sister just said. I think there would be nothing more amazing and rewarding than having your music be your occupation." ~ Kayleigh Goldsworthy

"Kay and I have always been involved in music. Our parents were in bands for as long as we can remember, so we grew up with bands practicing in our basement pretty much all of our lives. We took lessons on our various instruments and were classically trained. My sister has been playing the violin for 14 years now, I played flute for 8 years, and I also went to college to study voice. My sister was taught how to play the guitar by my father about 12 years ago, and we were both self taught on piano. We used to have a babysitter growing up who was studying piano in college, and she taught us the basics. From there, it was listening to Ben Folds and Tori Amos and learning the songs by ear. It wasn’t until we were in high school that we actually turned our musical focus away from musicals and classical training to rock and pop music. We continued studying music, but found such joy in performing this vein of music." ~ Kaleena Goldsworthy

The twins, from Syracuse, New York, started the Scarlet Ending in 2002. Both are incredibly talented musicians, singers, and writers. Their song, The Way We Used to Be, has even appeared on The Hills and they have opened for The Fray and Rufus Wainwright.

After coming off their tours of Germany, South West Asia and Greenland entertaining the Armed Forces, the Scarlet Ending returned home to Central New York to finish up their newest album. Back in the States they are in high demand throughout the east coast and have already had their music featured on a few MTV and VH1 programs. Here performing from their brand album, Ghosts, on WCNY CONNECTED.
"We did a tour in Greenland, and then another in Germany. And last October we spent a month in the Middle East. Regardless of our political views, being able to give back to the heroes who are actually out there on the front lines is beyond rewarding. When we were in the Middle East we were actually staying where the troops were deployed -- where even their families can't visit them. We flew onto a carrier ship and played to 3,000 people one night. It's nice to know that we can do what we do, play our music, and improve somebody's life or at least take them to a different place for a little while. That, to us, is so epic." ~ Kaleena Goldsworthy

How would they describe their hauntingly beautiful sound?

"One of our friends has this really elaborate explanation. He says, 'picture Fiona Apple, Tegan and Sarah and Jimmy Eat World in a blender, served in a pretty glass by the pool.' I like that one, but we really do have our own style." ~ Kayleigh Goldsworthy
The band itself is incredible. Each member has their own unique and distinct talents that are as vast, entertaining, and full of depth as their individual personalities. Though, in celebration of this month, I focus on the amazing women in the forefront, I must recognize the outstanding men at their sides: Jon Tedd (guitar, vocals ), Jess Hafner (cello, synthesizer), Nicholas Streeter (drums), and Aaron Garritillo (bass guitar).

It is an astounding honor to not only have had the privilege of hearing their beautiful music, but to have been able to work with the Scarlet Ending. Trust me, you'll want to keep a close eye on them.

Not to mention, you never know what we combined twins will be planning next. Aside from the obvious world domination. We are just blown away by their talent, their drive, their business savvy, their compassion, and the music. Thank you, ladies.
Oh, yeah. And happy birthday, you two.

~ Jen

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