The Lovell Sisters
Tour Europe. Give up my day job. Hey, if the Lovell Sisters can do it?
Okay, to be fair, Jessica, Megan, and Rebecca Lovell, sisters from Calhoun, Georgia, began studying classical violin and piano when they were five years old (not that long ago, really). They sang in the church choir. They played in ensembles. They worked hard and had talent. Then, in early adolescence, they heard a recording by bluegrass artist Jerry Douglas. The album was Slide Rule, and it pretty much derailed their focus on classical music. In 2003 they headed off to their first bluegrass jam and decided to pick new instruments, in much the same way that other teens choose cell phone colors. Megan, inspired by Douglas, picked the resophonic guitar. Rebecca started learning banjo and mandolin. And Jessica made the somewhat more attitudinal switch from violin to fiddle.
In 2004, the Lovell Sisters Band made its debut performance at the Signal Mountain Opry in Chattanooga. In 2005 the sisters appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and won the show's renowned Teen Talent Competition. They also released their first album, When Forever Rolls Around. In 2006 Rebecca, at fifteen, won the MerleFest mandolin competition-the youngest competitor and first female to do so. The band toured twenty-one states.
You get the idea. It's all because of planning. And talent and heart.