Chloe (17) & Taylor (20) are primarily self-taught musicians who are passionate about writing and performing original country music with pop and Americana influences.
Chasing Lovely just released their debut CD which is a six song EP funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The girls are thrilled to have Grammy and CMA award-winning musicians on this record.
Greg Foresman, Greg Herrington and Glenn Snow, who play for Martina McBride, backed them in studio on electric guitar, drums and bass. Bruce Bouton played pedal steel on a couple tunes in studio—he’s played for both Garth Brooks and Reba. Jenee Fleenor took a little time between Blake Shelton shows to lay down some sweet fiddle tracks. Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks) also did a few pedal steel tracks and Tim Carter (Carter Brothers) added some banjo to round out the perfect sound!
Chasing Lovely plays regularly around Nashville. Mike Wolfe, of the History Channel’s American Picker show, personally invited them to play at his Nashville location of Antique Archaeology, after he saw them perform. Hit songwriter, Bobby Pinson, also invited them to play Sing For Your Supper, an evening featuring some of Nashville’s top songwriters. The girls have also had success in Atlanta where they were open mic finalists at both Eddie’s Attic and the Red Clay Theater. Winning their evening at the RCT earned them a spot in Eddie Owen Presents bi-annual shootout.
The Short Version:
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Asian American sisters relocated to Nashville, July 2011. Chloe graduates high school May 2013 and Taylor completes her second year in Belmont University’s music business program.
The Long (Detailed) Version:
How we started playing music and writing songs:
Our life is like a living musical. We sing around the house, in the car, at the grocery store…people don’t believe us until they hear us harmonizing under our breaths when we’re out to eat. When we were little, Mom played Broadway tunes in the car, we went to sleep to Bible songs and Beethoven, and sang karaoke to Hilary Duff and the Dixie Chicks.
Chloe had been uploading covers to YouTube and Taylor suggested she write her own songs to stand out from the crowd. Chloe made attempts, but ultimately felt she couldn’t come up with something that was good enough. So Taylor, determined not to give up on her, asked Chloe to teach her a few chords on guitar, and shortly after, wrote her first song (“Glass Slipper“).
We didn’t start singing together until late spring 2010. First in unison, then to change things up we’d take turns—one singing, then the other. We started uploading our original songs to YouTube, but it wasn’t until we began performing out around Minneapolis that we started to take “this whole music thing” seriously.
We begged our mom to take a trip to Nashville. Being country music artists, that seemed like the place to be. So during the summer of 2010 we took a road trip and stayed down there for a week, practicing in a hotel room and playing the local open-mics. To justify the trip, Mom suggested we visit colleges while there. After setting foot on the Belmont University campus, Taylor was convinced that it was the place she needed to be.
When we discovered the power of harmonies a few months later it changed everything.
Taylor graduated high school on June 15th and the three of us uprooted and moved to Nashville July 2011 (we pulled into town on June 27th). With only a two-month summer break, Chloe started her junior year of high school in mid-August and Taylor started her freshman year at Belmont a couple weeks later.
How we came up with the name Chasing Lovely:
On March 22, 2011 Taylor started a photo blog. It didn’t take long for her to realize that EVERY blog name you can think of has already been taken. So she got creative and started searching words in the dictionary. She looked up “lovely” and the definition was: “having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye.” This was exactly what she was trying to do with her photo blog, and thus, Chasing Lovely was born.
When our mom saw the blog, she really loved the name and the meaning behind it. She suggested if we ever decided to go by a group name, we should consider Chasing Lovely, since that philosophy pretty much describes how we approach life over-all including what we were trying to do with our music.
In the fall of 2011, we decided to officially call ourselves Chasing Lovely!