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 as well as in China, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The sisters released their first full-length album for Rebel, 'A Heart Never Knows,' in spring of 2018. In 2019, they hired their first official touring band and hit the road.
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. The band is made up of young multi-instrumentalists and vocalists and has been showing a traditional, yet fresh and creative sound to audiences over the past couple of years. In 2016, Lauren was the youngest and first
female instructor invited to teach at the Monroe Mandolin Camp; she returned to teach at the camp in 2017, 2020, and 2021. 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, and presently works as an apprentice of set-up and repair at Nashville’s The Violin Shop. Banjo player Trevor Holder was awarded first place on the banjo at the prestigious Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA, in 2019. 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 endorses D'Addario and D'Addario Orchestral, Lauren is 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. After the release of the Sisters’ first full-length record in 2018, the girls and band performed roughly 120 dates throughout the year, with most of the summer and fall dates centered around the promotion of the album.
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 and Lauren only, were contracted as 2019 artists in residence with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'Bluegrass in the Schools' program. During that time, the sisters performed at 24 elementary schools throughout the Owensboro, KY, area. The performances centered around interactive, highly engaging, and participatory assemblies with students ranging from 4 to 14 years of age. 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. In the fall of same year, The Price Sisters were nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Band of the Year, as well as being selected as an IBMA showcase act the same year. In 2019, Lauren was nominated for Momentum Vocalist of the Year and in 2020, for Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year. Leanna was nominated in 2020 for Momentum Vocalist. The Price Sisters band ending the year in 2019 with a month-long tour across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as part of “The Bluegrass Jamboree.” In 2020, the band remained active online and on social media, hosting a few live streamed events on their own and through dates at Nashville's The Station Inn.
In 2021, the group was invited to be part of the lineup for the California Bluegrass Association's "Turn Your Radio Online" web concert series, which The Price Sisters recorded live from the Station Inn. The band held a busy touring schedule throughout the year, with highlights including being among the lineup at the first Delfest "Lite" festival, making their debut at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame’s ROMP festival, and being featured again as an official showcase act for 2021’s IBMA World of Bluegrass. Currently, The Price Sisters band is building their tour schedule for 2022, as well as working on a new full-length record to be released in the coming year. Look for special details to be released on that soon!