You may not hear sisters Lennon and Maisy‘s music in heavy rotation on country radio yet, but Billboard has already included them on their list billed as “21 Under 21 2016: Music’s Hottest Young Stars.”
They are among the youngest, for sure, because little sister Maisy Stella is only 12 and Lennon is only 17.
Part of their appeal is that they can act as well as sing. The two sisters play two sisters — Maddie and Daphne Conrad — on the hit TV show Nashville.
Another is that before that show came along, the Stella girls had already become famous on YouTube for their wide range of covers songs from a variety of genres, like “Call Your Girlfriend,” “Lean On,” “Boom Clap,” “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “Ho Hey.”
When the girls had the chance to perform their version of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” on the Nashville, they made it onto Billboard‘s hot country songs chart. And an original song they did on the show, “A Life That’s Good,” written by Ashley Monroe and Sarah Siskind, also made it onto the same chart.
Even though the sisters are not being billed as a straight-up country duo, their parents Brad and MaryLynne have their own country duo called the Stellas. They moved from Toronto to Nashville when Lennon and Maisy were very young and have been writing, recording and touring ever since. They even made an appearance on Nashville last December.
The fifth season of Nashville premieres Jan. 5 on CMT.