Joe chats with the marvelously talented Webb Sisters about what they learned about collaborating with some of the world’s top musicians and producers and what it feels like being on stage with thousands of people watching night after night. They talk about cultivating excellence in and around performance, the relationships that can change the trajectory of our lives and internal struggles that emerge around the very dream jobs we work so hard to bring into being. Ultimately, the Webb Sisters share that the obstacles themselves —from self doubt to performance anxiety and people pleasing can also become our best teachers.
Who are Charley & Hattie?
“The sublime Webb Sisters” was how Leonard Cohen introduced Charley and Hattie on his international comeback tour. Charley and Hattie joined Leonard for this 6 year global adventure on the road, becoming well known for their close harmony sibling vocals and unique instrumentation, of harp, mandolin and guitar.
Starting at the beginning with their first major label release 'Daylight Crossing’, they burst onto the UK music scene via Mercury Records receiving 'Single and Album of the Week' on itunes and BBC Radio 2. An album of strong melodies, led by Hattie’s harp, Charley’s rhythmic guitar and drenched in their signature harmonies; Tom Petty said: “their own records are incredible, they will blow your mind”.
Whilst on the road with Leonard, The Webb Sisters recorded and released their album ‘Savages’ and EP’s ‘The Other Side’ & 'When Will You Come Home', produced by legendary producer Peter Asher. Their song 'Baroque Thoughts' went on to win The International Music Award for 'Best Adult Contemporary Song'.
The sisters joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to sing with them on their 40th Anniversary tour in 2017, singing with Tom on his final 50 concerts. Hattie and Charley recorded with The Lumineers on their record ‘III’, performing with them live at The O2 Arena in November of the same year. Then collaborating with Wesley Schultz for his recent solo album ‘Vignettes’.
Their distinctive vocal sound has contributed to live performances with; and recordings by the likes of Sting, The Avett Brothers, Glen Hansard, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Marketa Irglova, Damien Rice and Elvis Costello.
The Webb Sisters received the 2019 Maynooth University Ireland Award for Arts and Culture.
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Hattie and Charley Webb (performing live with Leonard Cohen)
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