BIO



 The Vogts Sisters ~ Sweet Sister Harmony from America's Heartland

Touring the Midwest since May 2012, the Vogts Sisters 
(pronounced "Votes") touch the hearts of audiences everywhere they go. The young emerging artists have gained widespread recognition for their haunting vocals and tight sisterly harmonies, taking their music wherever they can to include stages at festivals, theatres, and more than a few coffee houses.

"With haunting harmonies and wickedly creative songs, the Vogts Sisters...stand out in a crowded field of similar performers, with a fresh sound from America’s Heartland." -Ozark Highlands Radio


The Vogts Sisters have garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions, including their latest win at the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival’s New Song Showcase. The girls have over thirty original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-Folk act, blending timeless music with sweet sister harmony. A few of their musical influences include Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch. 


The Vogts Sisters' fourth album, Broken Ties, will release this May, once again, highlighting ten original songs while exploring the range and dynamics of their maturing harmonies and instrumentation on mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. Other album titles include Homeward (2016), My Own Dixie (2015), and Old Time Noise (2012). 

Praised for their graceful, authentic, yet vulnerable performances where one hears the real deal, the Vogts Sisters remain humble, possessing a highly developed sense of who they are and what they represent.


Discography


BROKEN TIES (May 2018) gravitates toward different shades and angles of loss while exploring the range and dynamics of the Vogts Sisters’ maturing harmonies and instrumentation on mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. The sisters deliver this fourth collection of original music with confidence and power, while their growing mastery of songwriting continues with award-winning title, In the Valley


HOMEWARD (2016) calls on pure and graceful harmonies that reach deep into the heart and soul with themes of love, truth, and honor. This first co-produced album compiles ten original works, including award-winning songs, Alexander, Remain, and Wayward Heart, fully embracing the Vogts Sisters distinct style and inspiring growth as acoustic folk artists.


MY OWN DIXIE (2015) showcases ten original songs, written and arranged by Maggie, including four award-winning titles. The lyrical maturity and growth on this album shows heart and depth in the sisters' approach to harmony. Accompanying the girls on fiddle, mandolin, and bass are the Eicher family from Oklahoma, who round out this album to near perfection, bestowing the Vogts Sisters with wings to fly.


OLD TIME NOISE (2012) offers a vulnerable, sincere approach to old-timey Folk and Americana with three original songs, blending heartfelt emotion with rich harmonies and honest compelling lyrics you won't soon forget.





Awards and Honors


View a complete list of awards and honors HERE.

Special Performances and Tours


View a complete list of venues and tours HERE.

Q & A with Maggie and Abigail


1. How long have you been singing harmony? What prompted you to do so?  

Maggie: I had started my first semester at university (Fall 2011) and felt very far from home. I was cruising Youtube and happened upon some sad songs. One of them caught such a strong hold of me. Every word was so precise, so perfect, and the melody was so melancholy and reminiscent. 

It was a song about missing and longing for a home that you could never return to. For a girl who was and continues to be in love with the peace and simplicity and heartbreak of home, the song became an anthem. The song was “Down Along the Dixie Line,” written and performed by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. I’d never listened to them before, but I’ve been tuning in quite intensely ever since.

I carried that song home with me and sang it by myself in my room until I got brave enough to sing it for company. My sister and I tried harmonizing with it somewhere in there, just to see if we could make something pretty on our own - and so the idea of sister harmony just kind of sneaked in. We had no aspirations, really. We just liked the way it sounded when we mixed. We sang together in Abbey’s room, just for fun. 

2. How many concerts do you schedule in a year? Where do you perform? 


Abigail: We schedule between 3-6 performances a month--except December, which we take off. We perform all over Kansas, and its surrounding states. It's fun driving to so many different places to sing, meeting people of various backgrounds and character. In the summer, we try to travel further distances and have been to Colorado twice and are currently planning a Great Lakes Tour in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (2018).

There are plenty of coffee shop gigs, but we also go to festivals and schedule auditorium-style events. Music festivals are always a highlight for us, even though they cause nervous anxiety that's really....well, awful, but other than that they're great! We've started booking house concerts and are looking forward to those. 




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