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Growing up on 170 acres of farmland in Ontario, sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella enjoyed a childhood free of Internet and cable. "In the middle of nowhere," says Maisy, 9, "you can't really get Wi-Fi." Instead, raised by country-singing parents and surrounded by vinyl records (hence their love of Huey Lewis), the girls entertained themselves with duets, Lennon on melody and Maisy harmonizing. Now, Lennon, 14, and Maisy dabble in guitar, ukulele, piano, and drums. Together they produce a sound that's soulful beyond their years.
After moving to Nashville in 2009 (their parents decided to relocate after landing a spot in a singing show there), the sisters began posting video covers of songs on YouTube. Three years later, after her photo wound up in the hands of a casting director, Maisy auditioned for ABC's Nashville. "Then the producers found one of our videos and realized there were two of us—who both sing," she says. The Stellas were cast as actress Connie Britton's daughters. But it was their YouTube cover of pop star Robyn's hit "Call Your Girlfriend"—in which they used plastic butter tubs as percussion—that really turned heads. (Last count: more than 20 million views.)
With Nashville's success, the girls have decided to focus on acting for now—which has meant taking care of some unfinished business: "Our mom told us if we are going to be on TV, we actually need to get one," Maisy says. She's making up for lost tube time with her latest on-screen discovery: Full House.
Learn more at LennonandMaisy.com.
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