It will be the first time that sisters Robyn and Ryleigh Gillespie have ever travelled to Nashville, and the pair of country singers are asking fellow Langleyites for a little help to make their inaugural trip possible.
"We're hoping people will come out for a night of fun and entertainment, and support a couple of small town girls who share one big dream," said Robyn, the eldest sibling at age 21.
The Brookswood Secondary grads, simply known as Robyn & Ryleigh, are hosting a fundraising concert at their alma mater next Tuesday evening.
"Brookswood has an amazing theatre. They put on incredible musicals every year on that stage," said Ryleigh, who turns 19 the day of the fundraiser.
"We also thought what a perfect place to put on a show because it's right in the centre of our community, and where we started this whole thing," Robyn added.
The siblings finished their first album this summer and on the heels of its release are organizing a one-week trip to Nashville in December.
The trip is the natural next step, said Ryleigh, who explained that their summer was spent promoting the new album and playing festivals and shows throughout the Lower Mainland, as well as in Oregon and Washington State.
"It was lot of fun to do a little travelling together," said the siblings, who are even more psyched about taking their next joint excursion - this time to Tennessee.
"We can't wait," Ryleigh said. "Our trip this time is planned for a week. We wish it could be longer, but this will be a great start."
She explained that travelling to Nashville with their manager, they've arranged to meet with a number of industry movers-and-shakers, plan to do some co-writing, and hope to see some sights - including a mandatory visit to the country music landmark, the Grand Ole Opry. To finance that trip, the girls are hosting a fundraising concert called On The Road to Nashville, which will see Ryleigh and Robyn performing, along with musicians they've "met along the way and are sooo very talented," Robyn said.
They're going to be joined on the Brookswood theatre stage by Brad Darrid, Cory Hawthorne, David Willis, and the band called Smith and Jones.
"We are just wanting to put on an entertaining, fun-filled show that might help us take a bite out of the cost of travelling to Nashville... The more money we make, the easier it will be for us to get there," said Ryleigh, explaining this is the first big show they've organized themselves.
"It's been lots of fun so far," she added.
"We are putting on a show because we love to perform," interjected Robyn. "We just hope that people know how much it means to us and how much it helps when they buy a ticket and come to our shows. We decided that this time, we would use ticket sales to help fund our trip to Nashville. It's been our dream for a long time, and we're finally doing it."
Tickets are $10 and on sale in advance at the school office, or through their website at www.robynandryleigh.com.
While there may still be tickets available at the door the night of the show, Robyn said they are expected a sellout show.
They'll keep fans updated on their Facebook page in the days leading up to the Oct. 1 show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brookswood Secondary theatre at 20902 37A Ave.
A pair of tickets to On the Road to Nashville and an autographed CD from Robyn & Ryleigh One lucky readers wins a pair of tickets to the Oct. 1 show at Brookswood Secondary How do you win?
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Preference is given to Langley residents. Postings must be received prior to 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, and the winner will be announced on the Facebook page later that afternoon. No staff or family of the Langley Advance or Glacier Media are eligible. This contest is restricted to online participants, 19 years or older only.
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