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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter




"Emerging Talents: FERA"

In a recent event covered by FAME that was featuring one of FAME's Emerging Talents from 2011, Cindy Lou, we discovered another emerging talent almost by complete accident. In anticipation for the opening act by a local country duo, Robyn and Ryleigh, whom we were actually there to check out, we found out that one of the members was too ill to make the show. Instead, we got a different duo who also happened to be of local descent in Fera. From their opening song, Tornado, they had the room in the palm of their hands.

Fera are twin sisters Stefanie and Courntey Fera from Vancouver. Their country-pop sound is not one that has not been heard before, but it's their lyrical prowess and ability to tell a great story that sets them apart from most country artists today and puts the quality of their music right alongside the likes of Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum.

They have actually been making music for the better part of the last ten years, and have released three albums already - The Music Room (2005), Familiar Feeling (2007), and Fera (2009). With graduating albums came an ever evolving deepness in their subject matter. From songs about high school to failed relationships and lost love, the twins' life journey of the last decade can be candidly documented in their previously recorded songs.

With this amount of material already out there, and having played at several music conferences in British Columbia, it is quite astonishing how they have not made their way into the mainstream Canadian music scene yet. But all this can change this year as they're planning the release of a new album and a documentary - an up-close and in-depth look at the journey and struggle of the twins to make a name for themselves in this cut-throat music industry. The documentary is set to be released next month with a release party to be held at a currently undisclosed location. You can also see the video to their latest single Stardust on Youtube. FAME believes this could be the big year that Fera has been due for for such a long time now. With an energy that moves in their music, and a seductive draw in their lyrics, this Emerging Talent is bound to make waves in 2012. - FAME (Fashion. Art. Music. Entertainment) by Will Shung

"FERA 'Familiar Feeling' 2007 - CD Review"

Fera, a Coquitlam, BC-based sister duo (Courtney & Stephanie Fera), is like having two "Taylor Swifts" rolled up into one. While this album is country/pop affair, there's a bite to the music that gives it an edge above most in the genre. All of the songs here are co-written by the two sisters (two with band-mate Matt Rose), an asset that is matched by their vocal strength.
The album's lead single, 'Dark, Dirty, Dusty Hallways', is generating national attention. It's also the most "country" item on the album, and comes complete with twangy guitar riff that is particularly effective.
Several other tunes draw similar interest. 'Enchanted' is a funky/country ditty, while the album's opening three cuts, 'It's Gonna Be OK', 'Let It All Go' and 'Fairytales', all have an energetic bounce that creates plenty of ear attention. Listen also for a change-of-pace in the bluesy 'Girl Who Knows Your Name', and a soft touch on 'Sad Suits Me'.
The only item here that makes you shudder a little bit is a song called 'Regret Everything'. It's actually a pretty solid piece of writing by the girls, as they revisit a 'Goodbye Earl' scenario...however the hard drinking and boozing that they sing about is not in keeping with their youthful image...and not a good message to be delivering to what will likely be a fast-growing young audience.
The album was produced at Vancouver's Armoury Studios by Tom McKillip, and features many of the top session players from West Coast country.

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- Country Music News

"Show Review - Mar 26/Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver"

There is a hot new country duo on the music scene and their particular brand of boots, horses and whisky is upbeat, infectious, and definitely colors outside the lines. Identical twin sisters Stephanie and Courtney Fera, who recently recorded their first album Familiar Feeling, and who perform simply as Fera, lit up a club in Vancouver Canada on March 26th, before a full house, as they opened up their set with, “Enchanted,” the fourth track from their CD. “Enchanted,” an original tune that talks about being consumed by love.

Pumped by their showcase performance during Canadian Country Music Week, a few months ago, and encouraged by the recent signing of a publishing deal for one of their songs, “Fairytales,” Fera performed with passion, engaged their audience easily, and infused their music with plenty of energy.

“Fairytales,” has hit song written all over hit and affords Stephanie and Courtney Fera the opportunity to demonstrate their fabulous two part vocal harmonies. Fera packs a lot of emotion into the lines, “And he’s a heartbreaker / He doesn’t even know he breaks me,” as they accompanied themselves on acoustic guitars.

Fera, backed by Matt Rose (electric guitar), keyboardist Dave Young, and electric upright bass player Mike Young, all three of whom are members of the roots rock group The Matinee, really hit their stride with another original song from, Familiar Feeling, this time, “It’s Gonna Be OK,” the first track on the record. The song is another relationship song, but then as Paula Nelson (daughter to Willie) likes to say, ‘If it wasn’t for relationships, I wouldn’t have any songs,’ and what seems to give Fera the ability to deliver an emotionally charged performance, is the deep connection that they have with their music.

Throughout many of Fera’s songs Courtney and Stephanie would switch off the lead vocals as they alternated verses, while the other one sung backup and then they would harmonize on the chorus. The duo adopted this approach, as they covered the heartbreaking Patty Griffin ballad, “Sweet Lorraine,” which follows the life of an abused girl who grows into an emotionally abused woman.

Courtney and Stephanie Fera brought down the house with a cover of the Everly Brothers, “Bye Bye Love,” and the party was on, as the fans responded to Fera’s high energy performance, splendid guitar picking, and unblemished harmonies. The more their fans got into the music the more inspired Courtney and Stephanie Fera seemed to become, and they got stronger as their set wore on.

Self confessed fans of Hanson, Fera demonstrated that they are far more than country music singers and songwriters, as they served up a soulful rendition of Hanson’s, “Been There Before,” once again to the raucous cheering of their audience. One Thursday a month Vancouver’s intimate Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club, gives way to an eclectic group of musicians, singers and songwriters, and this was Fera’s turn to shine, and they shone brightly, playing the club, as though they were on a much larger stage, before a vast audience, in a major stadium.

Fera finished their tidy eleven song set with another original tune, “Tornado,” again drawn from a real life experience, this time inspired by a dream. Stephanie sang the opening lines.

Fera have a bright future ahead of them, they possess splendid vocals, have already demonstrated their ability to pen good songs, and have a repertoire that will only get deeper, as they mature as artists and simply experience more in life. They are solid musicians, and they seduce their audiences with an unpretentious charm that will endear them to American audiences, especially in the south. Watch for Fera, because soon their songs should be playing in your MP3 players, on your country music radio stations and on your computers. They are the real deal.

Watch for our exclusive interview with Fera in our May edition of Riveting Riffs Magazine.

- Riveting Riffs Magazine


2012 - Currently recording new EP at Warehouse Studios, co-produced by FERA and Richard Sera

2009 Self Titled EP - Produced by Tom Mckillip & Paul Shatto (The Higgins)

2007 'Familiar Feeling' LP Produced by CCMA award-winning producer Tom Mckillip (Aaron Pritchett, One More Girl). Singles: 'Dark Dirty Dusty Hallways' & 'It's Gonna Be Ok'

2004 Self Titled EP




"The future of Vancouver's music scene" - Terry David Mulligan

Identical twins Courtney and Stephanie Fera cut their musical teeth on everything from the Beatles and Hanson, to Patty Griffin and Bryan Adams. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, the songwriting sisters - known simply as FERA - started their music career in 2000. FERA has recorded three albums: 'The Music Room' (2005) - produced by Paul Airey (Michael Buble); 'Familiar Feeling' (2007) - produced by CCMA award-winner Tom Mckillip (Aaron Pritchett, One More Girl). There was never any question in the girls' minds that they would record their own songs, and the resulting productions are an eclectic collection of emotionally charged and passionately delivered material.

After releasing two singles to Canadian country radio in 2008, FERA had opportunities to open for Lisa Brokop, One More Girl and Prairie Oyster; and shared the stage with artists such as Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, Ian Tyson, Randy Bachman, Bill Henderson and many more.

Over the past five years, FERA has been attracting new fans and winning over a wide range of audiences with their genre-bending blend of music....sliding off country, bouncing into rock, dabbling in a little alt-everything, and shaking hands with pop. As Stephanie says, "Come to a show and I dare you to put us in a box!" The duo embraces their multi-influenced sound, shakes it up and pours it out as the uniquely FERA experience. Their exciting live show fuses the passion of Patty Griffin with the humor of the Barenaked Ladies, turning every performance into a high energy romp that seduces the listener with their unpretentious charm, and captivating vocals that only siblings can deliver with conviction.

Courtney and Stephanie's life-long love affair with songwriting led to an opportunity at the 2008 CCMA Music Conference, where the FERA song 'Fairytales' was signed to OLE Music Publishing. Their co-writing adventures have since led to writing sessions with Jessie Farrell, One More Girl, Kathleen Higgins, AJ Woodworth, Nat Jay and The Matinee. FERA has been nominated several years in a row for the BC Country Music Awards 'Group or Duo', 'Roots Artist', 'Album of the Year', 'SOCAN Song of the Year','Rising Star' and 'Video of the Year' for their song, "Stardust". The FERA song 'Tornado' was in the top 20 of The Shore 104.3 'Sounds of Summer Contest'. "The judges were all really excited about 'Tornado' and think it's a great representation of what this contest is all about - the roots of songwriting", says Lindsay MacPherson (The Shore 104.3)

With a well-received trip down to Nashville and L.A. last May, the twins had the opportunity to write with the likes of Patricia Conroy and Bruce Wallace, to name a couple. With the release in Feb 2012 of their new Documentary, "The Pursuit", a look at how it really is pursueing a career in music from the ground up and a new record (co-produced by FERA and Richard Sera) being recorded at Vancouver's infamous Warehouse Studios, FERA is poised to make a big splash - and an impressive debut - on the Canadian and American music scene. That unflinching approach to their music should tell everyone not only where they're coming from, but also where they're headed.


Randy Bachman
Jim Byrnes
Prairie Oyster
One More Girl
Lisa Brokop
The Wilkinsons
Victoria Banks
Aaron Pritchett
Ian Tyson
Karen-Lee Batten
Damian Marshall
Haley Sales
Justin Rutledge
Said The Whale
The Higgins
Brent Lee Band
The Cruzeros
Kenny Hess
Ten Ways From Sunday
The Matinee
Kirsten Jones
George Canyon
Jason Blaine
Beverly Mahood
Jessie Farrell
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
A.J. Woodworth