“Kierston White, a Shawnee, Oklahoma native, has a brand new CD. ‘Don’t Write Love Songs’ is a collection of self-penned tunes. There is no cookie cutter approach here.
A graphic artist by day, this aspiring singer/songwriter is onto something. This is a very good first work.
She performs solo and with the group known collectively as the Tequila Songbirds. ( Kierston White, Ali Harter, Camille Harp, Kaitlin Butts, Elizabeth Forsythe, and others). These women make fervent music that generate momentous energy everywhere they perform. Each of these women are solo performers in their own right, together they pack a powerful punch.
She wields her guitar like a woodsman’s axe, and in softer moments like a carving knife. Her dynamics are well-placed.
The occasional heavy vibrato of her voice quivers with the sensibility of a broken heart breaking forward through the fog and mist of lost love and new freedom.
She is part of this new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft.”
-Rick Reiley, The Corridor Magazine
Annie Oakley is an Oklahoma City-based Americana band fronted by twin sisters Sophia and Grace Babb. Known for flawless vocal harmonies and sharply observant lyrics, the sisters have been creating a stir in Oklahoma’s nationally respected indie music scene. They exude confidence through a sophisticated stage presence yet connect with the audience as with personal friends, a winning combination that led to the Rising Star Award in 2015 and Best Local Band awards in 2015 and 2016.
Singing together since childhood, Sophia and Grace picked up guitars and started songwriting after their father’s death required an emotional outlet. A year later, they were joined by their friend Nia Personette on violin, herself no stranger to loss—she, too, had lost her father shortly before joining the band.
“These sisters harmonize like fresh made bread and home churned butter, sweetened with just a touch of molasses. I hear strains of Mindy Smith here, and the comparisons could go on. But why make comparisons when you can just listen to them? To see and hear such magic when it first comes to bloom, to watch it grow and spread smiles and wonder across a wider world is indeed a privilege and pleasure. Don’t miss them when they come to your area!” (Rick Reiley).