Big goals require a lot of faith. That’s what PaperDolls has experienced as they’ve begun a huge transition from their version of a “normal” routine these last eleven years.
These four sisters, Kendra, Meghan, LaRae, and Alisa, along with their three brothers and parents, left their family’s dream home in Alaska (a home they’d barely finished building and moving into, just six months prior). They bought an RV, sold everything they’d owned, except what they could fit inside their new house on wheels, and left to study music. Originally, they left as an entire family band by the name of “Redhead Express”, which is what they’ve been called up to this point.
When they left Alaska, their family and friends thought they were crazy! They flooded the girls with questions: “How could Redhead Express possibly support themselves financially?” “What about a higher education?” “What was the end goal?” “What if they failed?” “Did they have a fallback plan?”
All valid concerns, however, after fasting and praying together as a family, they felt a confirmation that this is what God was calling them to do. They decided to trust His plan and set off on their journey to find their own version of the “Promised Land”.
They experienced the whole gamut of growing pains as they learned to lean on the Lord for all of their needs, including places to stay, the right connections, and countless times when they thought they wouldn’t have enough money to make it through the month… and yet, somehow, miracles happened and their needs were always met right on time.
They moved to Nashville, where they met and worked with Paul Worley (Producer: Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, The Band Perry…). They are currently based out of Middle Tennessee and Northern Idaho, depending on what part of the country they are touring. They have performed thousands of shows, opening for Sammy Kershaw, Clay Walker, Jerrod Niemann, Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Diamond Rio, Charlie Daniels, Mark Chestnut, and many more.
This year they’ve taken a new, giant leap of faith. They have prayerfully made the decision to form the band “PaperDolls” where their debut performance as PaperDolls will be at the White House holiday open house, in Washington D.C. on 4 December 2018. Yes, THE White House in D.C.!
Why the name change, you might ask? Why now? Thousands of hours of family counsel, study and prayer have gone into this decision. For the last several years they’ve experienced pushback and rejection from the music industry. People have tried to tell them what to say, how to act, when to marry and have kids, what to sing, how to sound in order to “be successful”. The girls found themselves feeling like PaperDolls; hence the new name. They wanted a fresh start to feel free to be themselves and they wanted to prioritize faith and family. So, they took their career into their own hands, revamped their business plan, rewrote their mission statement, and PaperDolls was born. It’s the same band members, just more real, truer, and they sing primarily all original music.
Redhead Express played an integral role in honing the band’s skills as touring musicians and teaching them hard work and determination. It’s helped them to discover their sound, strengthen their bond as sisters and bandmates, and given them ample opportunity to gain the faith and courage necessary to turn their dreams into a reality. Now they’re ready to spread their wings.
They’ve defined and refined their sound, they’ve figured out who they are as individuals and as a band, and they’re excited for a fresh start to brand themselves in a way that fits their long-term goals and vision. They want to be true to their convictions and relate with fans more than ever before so that they can make a bigger impact in the world. They want to help people realize their own, personal dreams. They want to show others that when you put family and faith at the forefront of your focus, you can have a successful career and a joyful life, together.
Side note: Between the four girls, there are five children and two husbands. Everyone has a job in the band so that families can tour together.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly referred to as the “Mormon Church”), they’ve also felt inspired to help strengthen fellow members worldwide. They have a dream to perform for members of the Church and fellow Christians all over the globe, sharing their love of music, family, and their love for the Lord. They feel that this is a small part they can play in heeding President Nelson’s council to gather Israel. They look forward to meeting many of you and sharing the music they’re truly passionate about as “PaperDolls”!
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