5 Siblings Rock the House!
These siblings are close, five within 31/2 years to be exact! They are known as 'Crinna Hill' when they are out playing their unique blend of rock music, and as the Roberts family from day to day. How did they get so close? Try two sets of twins! Naomi, keyboard player and the oldest (by ten minutes) finds it just typical. "Twins are no biggie at the Roberts house. Sophie is the youngest, she's the unique one."
This family is anything but typical. They are talented singers and all play multiple instruments - mostly self-taught, but they are professional Irish dancers as well. They've danced at over 200 shows including at the 2002 Winter Olympics, with Eileen Ivers from Riverdance, and as feature performers with Ballet Utah. One of their most memorable performances was on Crinna Hill in Ireland, where their ancestors come from.
"We've pretty much been performing in one way or another most of our lives," says Arielle, Naomi's twin and one of the band's lead singers. Naomi and Arielle are 18 and help write the music with their Dad, John, who is the composer, also doubles as the lead/rhythm guitarist. Austin and Marshall, 15, take up drums and bass respectively, and Sophie, 14, lends her rock solid vocals to the mix.
Crinna Hill has just released their new CD titled "Worlds of Ice". "It has songs to make you feel good about yourself like, "Broken Sparrow", and songs to make you cry about our soldiers off fighting like, 'My Soldier Boy'. And it has a couple of great covers too like, 'Up Around the Bend' by CCR, and awesome harmonies on 'California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas," says band manager and mother of this brood, Connie.
How did this all begin? Arielle explains, "Well, Dad started out writing melodies and singing them with his guitar. One night he asked me to back him up with harmony vocals and Crinna Hill was born. We performed together for a few gigs, but Dad thought something was missing. It was the rest of the family! We started singing together with just Dad's acoustic guitar. It became obvious that we needed to do something with it, the blend in the harmonies sounded awesome."
That's what really sets this group apart, the harmonies. "They have good melodies and tight harmonies," says Utah musician, Mark Hansen. "Plus, they're fun on stage."
The family wants to make a difference in the music world by producing high quality, uplifting rock music that has spiritual messages, instead of negative ones. "It's not so much preaching as it is just plain fun music that makes you feel good about life," notes Marshall. Naomi adds, "We have chosen to live in a way that brings us happiness. We hope that through our example and our music, others will be inspired to rise above the World's low expectations and find a peaceful place for themselves."
How would you describe your music? Sophie laughs, "It's rock, but our first album is more soft rock I'd say. Our new material is more edgy and fast, but still has that Crinna Hill sound."
Where do you want to take this show? Austin smiles, "All the way to the top". As the drummer he's the quiet one. (But not while drumming.) Crinna Hill wants to take their music as far as their talent and the fans will let them.