The music business is desperately in need of more teen acts that can actually play and write their own music, and the sister quartet The Sledge Grits Band perfectly fits the bill.
The pop rock group from Littlerock, California is a favorite on the “Next Great Family Band” competition reality show on NBC Network COZI TV. They’ve been praised by all of the judges.
Judge Samantha Maloney, a drummer who has played with Hole, Motley Crue, and the Eagles of Death Metal, took a special liking to the group’s 11-year-old percussionist, bo-Pah Sledge. “I’m kinda obsessed with her,” she said. “I wish I was that good as young as she is.”
bo-Pah is joined in the group by her elder sisters – 13 year old lead singer Mimi, 16-year-old bassist and singer Ella, and 18-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter Keiko.
The band singed to All That Is Entertainment visited Yahoo! Music earlier this year for an interview and performance. They played three of their original songs “Gonna Be Alright,” "Watch Out World” and “Fall Down,” all written by Keiko, who has a publishing deal with BMG.
Their power, charisma and energy are undeniable. The group that could be related to “We Are Family” singers Sister Sledge, received rave reviews when they recently performed for more than 10,000 people at an event.
“Hopefully, we’ll inspire other girls to play instruments,” Keiko told Yahoo! Music. “We don’t like the fact that whenever people see girls playing, they don’t think they can be as good as a boy. We did a show for 15,000 Girl Scouts and [it was great] seeing girls saying, ‘I want to learn to play guitar now,’ ‘I’ve had a drum kit but I haven’t been inspired to play it.’”
The Sledge Grits Band may be as cute as any kid on the Disney Channel or the pop charts but their appeal definitely transcends their age. They are the real deal.
Video and editing: Robert Gardner