For those people that haven’t heard of The Pairs before could you tell us a little bit about yourself your story?
First of all, they should know we are not named after a fruit.
Second of all… we are a part of a club and we can’t talk about it… next question.
Just kidding. We are a close knit group of friends who share a lot of similar life values and that comes out in our music. We love to find as much joy as we can in every experience and love to laugh.
The three of us ladies have known one another since birth, as our parents were best friends. We were born 2 months and 2 days apart and are all part of a set of twins. We all grew up singing in choirs together and family gatherings always ended in sing alongs. Plimmer was friends with Hillary’s older brother and we all ended up forming The Pairs about 2 years ago.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
We each have different motivation and experiences that gave us the desire to perform.
Renee – for me I remember watching Anne of Green Gables, the musical. I was completely enamored with the lead character. I thought she was so spunky and had this powerhouse voice to match and I couldn’t help but picture myself in her shoes. I remember going home and learning all of the words to her songs from that play. I did this with several other musicals over the years. I finally got the guts to audition for my high school play for a lead character and it flopped. I got so nervous singing solo that I forgot all the words. I didn’t get a call back…
It was a year after that that I started learning guitar and playing more with music that I wrote and I just loved the freedom and the playfulness of it. Eventually I started playing it for people and what started for my parents in their living room, organically evolved into being part of The Pairs.
Noelle – from the time that I was very little, I remember hearing so much music and remember that it always had a very profound affect on me. One particular inspiration is totally musical theatre. Every time I watched a play I left feeling like I wasn’t doing the right thing in life. I left with a determination to do something like that but couldn’t quite figure out how I was going to do it. I love the energy that performers have and the way they can engage an audience to be equal players in the performance. Those are the ones who inspired me to get on stage. Music is such a powerful thing that brings people together and I can’t see myself doing anything else!
Steve – In high school, music was a way for me and my friends to have a platform to create and express. When you’re on stage, that’s your time. As a kid I remember watching videos of all the big rock bands and loved the performance energy. It boggled my mind that there could be a stage and production that big. I always loved the volume that came with live performances.
Hillary – I think I just came into it pretty organically. Writing was something I did a lot as a teenager to get my feelings out and I wrote a lot of poetry. I grew up around music but it took me a little while to realize that I could bridge the two together. When I did have that realization I started writing a lot of songs.
I was taking voice lessons as a kid and it was slowly moving into opera. This was exciting because I got to see some operas performed and I could picture myself up there. The theatrical aspect of performance was really intriguing. I wanted to be part of that world in order to forge my own journey into expressing my song writing in a theatrical way.
Could you tell us a bit about the writing/recording of the winning track “Fly” ?
Noelle – I wrote Fly at a time when I was asking a lot of questions about life. Who do I want to be, what do I want to do and how do I be the best for others but also do what I want to do and stay true to my own passions? I was reminded of an idea that was shared with me about the word “FLY” meaning, first love yourself. It’s the idea that you can only give what you have. The song was inspired by the idea of feeling okay with uncertainty and asking questions. It’s about being able to come back to this place of “home” which is really just about coming back to ourselves. And again, just being okay with uncomfortable growing pains and know that with resiliency and persistence things will work out.
Do you have any plans to release an album soon?
We do have plans to start recording another album this year! We are hoping to release it to tour with next summer. Our sound has evolved quite a bit since our EP so we are very excited to get into the studio and create something with material that feels more representative of how we have grown and settled into our style as a group.
What is the most interesting venue that you have performed at?
We had a show recently in a little bar in a small city in southwestern Ontario and through some miscommunication we arrived five hours early for our set. Being a small city there wasn’t a ton for us to do so we brought all of our gear to a park near by. We set ourselves up on the bike path with all of our instruments and started playing through our set. We had a cyclist stop and he listened to us for two hours straight. He ended up buying our CD and we even had a few people from surrounding houses cheering from their backyards. It was totally impromptu and a lot of fun.
On your website you mention music for change, what does that phrase mean to you?
Music has always been a really impactful thing for all of us. It’s been an important avenue in all of our lives and I think we recognize that it has the power to create a big influence in the world. As we mentioned, we all really value the role of positivity and playfulness in life. As the world seems to grow increasingly fearful, we hope that we can continue to create space with our music that is joyful and engages people in meaningful experiences together.
We also like to joke that a bit of actual change might be nice too… or bills. 😉
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