Music has always had a resounding presence in the lives of twin sisters Lauren Price Napier and Leanna Price. Growing up, both of their parents sang traditional and old-time country songs. While the sisters grew up hearing duet harmony, they naturally became accustomed to singing together themselves. Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments for their eighth birthday and began taking lessons at age nine, though they didn’t take as strong an interest in bluegrass music specifically until their mid-high school years. The girls then began attending as many festivals and workshops as possible. Both were recipients of Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarships at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2014 and attended IBMA for the first time that fall. In 2017, Lauren and Leanna each completed their Bachelor degrees in Traditional Music from Morehead State University.
During the spring of 2016, the girls were signed to Rebel Records and subsequently recorded and released an EP that August, thus beginning the pursuit to tour professionally as The Price Sisters. The Price Sisters have now performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States and were also included in a 10-day tour of The People’s Republic of China in 2015. The sisters released their first full-length album for Rebel, “A Heart Never Knows,” in spring of 2018.
While Lauren and Leanna front the band and are recognized for their twin-sister harmony singing, each band member is an accomplished musician in his or her own right, having earned regards from those in the business whom they admire. In 2016, Lauren was the youngest and first female instructor invited to teach at the Monroe Mandolin Camp hosted by Mike Compton and Heidi Herzog (she returned to teach in at the camp in 2017, as well). In June of 2019, Lauren was also honored to be interviewed for a feature article for Mandolin Cafe. Leanna has been a featured artist in Fiddler magazine. Banjo player, Lincoln Hensley, is a devout enthusiast of both the Earl Scruggs and Sonny Osborne style of banjo playing and is honored to visit and study under the mentorship of Sonny on a regular basis. Bobby Osborne II, on bass, is no stranger to bluegrass music, having made his career thus far playing music with his father, Bobby Osborne. Both collectively and individually, band members have instructed and hosted vocal and instrumental workshops and lessons both in private and festival/group settings.While the band as a whole is proudly endorsed by D'Addario and D'Addario Orchestral, both Lauren and Lincoln are endorsed as individual artists through GHS Strings.
Bluegrass Unlimited magazine has featured articles on The Price Sisters in at least two separate issues — 2016 and 2018. Both Rebel releases by The Price Sisters have garnered “highlight” reviews in the magazine. While working with Nashville’s The Press House, The Price Sisters have garnered significant press through such outlets as No Depression, For Folk’s Sake, The Bluegrass Situation, and The Eddie Stubbs Show.
In March of 2018, The Price Sisters first full-length album, 'A Heart Never Knows,' had just been released for Rebel. Consequently, the band performed roughly 120 dates throughout the year, with the majority of summer and fall dates centered around the promotion of the album. In late July of 2018, the band successfully completed its first tour of Europe in The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. At the 2018 World of Bluegrass and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) business conference the band performed six individual showcases and operated a booth for the week in the Expo Hall. Throughout the rest of 2018, The Price Sisters continued to book and work dates and conduct workshops at events such as the Bobby Osborne Mandolin Roundup, directed by Scott Napier (August, 2018).
The start of 2019 brought about a series of opportunities that were both exciting and challenging. Over a period of 10 days, The Price Sisters (for this occasion, Leanna Price and Lauren Price Napier only), were contracted as 2019 artists in residence with the International Bluegrass Music Museum's 'Bluegrass in the Schools' program. During that time, the sisters performed at 24 elementary schools throughout the Owensboro, KY, area. The majority of performances centered around interactive, highly engaging, and participatory assemblies with students ranging from 4 to 14 years old. During each assembly, the girls would teach "You Are My Sunshine," to the students, and would end every performance leading the entire audience of students and faculty members through the song. In February, The Price Sisters headlined both nights of the historic University of Chicago Folk Festival, and conducted an afternoon workshop with emphasis on sibling vocals and blending harmony singing. Lincoln Hensley (banjo) and Bobby Osborne II (bass) are the newest additions to band personnel, and the group is very much looking forward to the rest of its 2019 and 2020 dates, particularly upcoming dates in Germany, and Mexico.
The Price Sisters have been nominated by the IBMA for the 2019 Momentum Band of the Year, and Lauren was nominated for Momentum Vocalist of the Year. The sisters look forward to the opportunity to gain further presence as artists in this industry upon returning to this year's World of Bluegrass conference as an official Bluegrass Ramble showcase act for the second time (first in 2017). The group is truly passionate about this music, as well as being part of the bluegrass community and its business world.