WHEELING - The Joseph Sisters are hoping their first self-titled album will reach a large audience who will appreciate the sisters' distinctive, three-part country harmonies with a classic rock twist.
Jamie, Shalyn and Marybeth Joseph, the daughters of Patty and Tom Joseph of Wheeling, recorded the album from November to February at Studio L in Weirton, with Rick Witkowski at the recording and producing helm. The sisters and their band have been playing local venues featuring the original selections from the album, including "Sisters," "Please Baby," "Dance to Country Soul," "Your Opinion," "Another You," "Mainstream Cowboy" and "Dancing All Night" and garnering rave reviews while building a local following. Gus Monezis of Weirton, along with their father, have been managing the trio and plan on having the album available soon as physical product and digital downloads on Spotify, Amazon.com, CD Baby and itunes.
The sisters said it's been a short but wild ride from singing songs as kids to turning professional.
The Joseph Sisters, which include Shalyn, left, Jamie and Marybeth Joseph, are getting ready to take the country world by storm with the release of their first self-titled album. The seven-song CD, recorded from November to February at Studio L in Weirton with Rick Witkowski as producer, includes the Wheeling natives’ distinctive, close-knit three-part country harmonies. - Mark Miller
"We've probably been singing together for 15 years," said Marybeth. "We started singing professionally about a year and a half ago. Our first performance was a talent show at elementary school."
The three would sing with whatever was on the radio, adding their favorites included tunes by Brian Adams, Journey, Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and Leann Rimes, to name a few. The girls' close-knit harmonies also contain shades of "old" country, bluegrass and the modal tunings of classic country instruments such as pedal steel guitar, which is based on sixth chords. Patty Joseph said things began to click when her daughters discovered they could harmonize well together.
"Marybeth was always singing," she said, adding the three also sang in church. "Jamie then decided she wanted to do the same thing."
Marybeth said the three sharpened their harmonies in choirs while attending Wheeling Park High School and other schools in Ohio County.
Monezis, who once managed the B.E. Taylor Band, said he saw the girls perform with their band and was convinced they had star power.
"I believe in them - strongly," said Monezis, adding he decided to manage them on the strength of their talent. "They have that sibling harmony."
The sisters have been playing lots of local gigs with their band, which includes Chuck Lucas on guitar; A.D. Pavlic on guitar; Matt White on drums; and J.R. Wright on keyboards and bass.
"We also do a lot of fairs and festivals in the summer," said Marybeth. The sisters have performed locally at Al's Plaza in New Cumberland, Generations in Wheeling and the Blue Steel Grill inside Steel Valley Lanes in Weirton. Monezis also has booked the trio for some high-profile local venues, including an opening slot for the Pittsburgh-based country band the Stickers in April at the Harv Amphitheater at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, as well as a show singing backup for doowop legend Jimmy Clanton March 31 at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling. The three also will open for Zach Paxton during the Fort Steuben Concert Series in Steubenville in July.
Witkowski said the three sisters were a joy to work with.
"I think they have immense potential of being great artists," he said, adding he's seen their improvement over time. "Their harmonies are very unique because they are sisters. When they sing together, it's incredible."
Witkowski said all three have a different dynamic vocal range, which makes for a unique blend.
"They are definitely getting better as individual singers," he said. "But their strength is when they sing together.
"They have a great attitude and work ethic," Witkowski continued. "I'm very happy to be involved in the project."
The three also have performed the last three years at the Jamboree in the Hills side stage and will do so again this year. The idea is simple, say the sisters - to become a major country act.
"I want to win a Grammy," said Shalyn. "That's my goal."
For information, go to www.thejosephsisters.com. The sisters also can be found on Facebook.com and Twitter.com.