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. As 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 the annual IBMA conference 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.
Conner Vlietstra is not only a talented guitarist and vocalist, but is skilled on many instruments
and well-versed in material stemming from the pre-bluegrass and country music catalogs. Both
collectively and individually, band members have instructed and hosted vocal and instrumental
workshops and lessons in private and festival/group settings. While the band collectively 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 most of the summer and fall dates
centered around the promotion of the album. In late July of 2018, they 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
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.
With the hiring of Lincoln Hensley on banjo, Bobby Osborne II on bass, and Conner Vlietstra on
guitar in 2019, the sisters anticipate to hit the ground running in 2020. 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. 2019 wrapped up with the group being featured
as an official IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase act as well as tackling a month-long tour across
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Things start off in 2020 with the Sisters’ debut at the 'world
famous' Station Inn in Nashville, TN. The group is truly passionate about this music, as well as
being part of the bluegrass community and its business world.