Not just another girl rock group?
Everlife, a rock/pop group comprised of three sisters (Amber, Sarah, and Julia Ross), began out of the small town of Indiana, Pennsylvania. The three sisters started writing and performing when youngest sister Julia was only nine (now fifteen), and have made a commitment to go forward through their careers together, remaining loyal to the ties that bind and a mission close to their hearts.
With Sarah on the drums, Amber on the guitar, and Julia on keys, Everlife set out to play for anyone that would listen. Very soon, they were playing over 120 shows a year, as Everlife grew to be one of Pennsylvania?s most up and coming groups. They eventually had their first #1 radio hit with a song entitled "Lead the Way" on The Fish, one of Pittsburgh's top radio stations.
Growing up with a deep commitment to their Christian faith, the girls developed a desire to help others less fortunate. They have already made many trips abroad to Central and South America, and others are being planned. "Those experiences on the mission field were the first times that we had to give God complete control," says Julia. "Many of our first song ideas were birthed from those times."
After relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, Everlife's fresh sound and natural songwriting talents quickly put them on the radar of many major record labels. SHELTERecords pursued them passionately, and after only a short time, Everlife was officially a 'signed' artist.
Under the guidance of producer Kevan Cyka (Lifehouse, R.E.M., Gin Blossoms, Hillary Duff, Jump 5) and Dan Needham (Stacie Orrico, Steven Curtis Chapman), Everlife produced its self-titled debut project. Cyka's multi-platinum songwriting/publishing history, combined with Needham's studio prowess, has helped create the musical platform of Everlife's sound.
"We love working with Kevan and Dan," explains Sarah, "They are a wealth of knowledge and they always know the direction we need to go in before we start working. We are individually finding our strengths while we grow together as a band. It's been a fantastic experience." Amber echoes, "It's been amazing to see how this team has been able to help one other while we're writing and in the studio. We are seeing our lives change though this process, and hope that the music will have the same effect on people who hear it."
Since the release of their record in August 2004 a number of milestones have been reached, including their first single "Evidence" which was added 'out of the box' to CHR Radio. Additionally, the single charted for five weeks on the Rock Charts.
Shortly thereafter, Radio Disney tested the song "I'm over it" on 'Pick it or Kick it', with a whopping approval rating of 83%, putting the song on the air. Disney continued to show their commitment to Everlife by adding them to a DisneyMania project, releasing February 2005. This project features core artists singing Disney songs 'their way.' Everlife was chosen to perform "Strangers Like Me" by Phil Collins from the Tarzan movie. Everlife is in good company on this project, featuring Clay Aiken, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, Jump5, LaLaine, Raven, Bowling for Soup, and many others.
In January of 2005, Everlife flew to Los Angeles to take part in the shooting of a DisneyMania Live, a television program to air on Music Choice, Direct TV, and ABC Family. Everlife is also being featured on the commercial for this same project that will be available in August of 2005.
Amber, Sarah, and Julia stay committed to their roots and to one another, all the while looking to their next horizon. Everlife's path may not be set in stone, but that's part of the adventure that drives them. "We may not know where this whole thing is taking us," says Julia, "but we're excited about it anyway. We're just grateful for all the opportunities already given to us, and are looking forward to what the future holds." Whatever the case, it's apparent that Everlife is certainly taking the music world by surprise, not bad for three girls from Indiana, Pennsylvania.
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