The Callen Sisters

The Callen Sisters

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Pop-infused alternative rock. Lyrically introspective, yet in-your-face. Think of a poppier, sweeter Florence + the Machine.

Biography

Conservatory trained singers and songwriters, sisters Jessa and Beth Callen of The Callen Sisters have played music together since their teens and first attempted to start a band when both were students at SUNY Purchase. “What makes us unique is that we have a harp in our band (played by Jessa) and that our voices blend in a freaky-weird sibling way,” says Beth. They have dazzled audiences with performances throughout New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. They were featured on BBC Radio in Wales and received a rave review from Harp Magazine who called their music “deftly textured, at times subtly baroque, pop-rock.”

The sisters have just announced their new EP The Light Bringer Project, which they will release track by track starting this November. Their album is a collection of 6 tracks about “shining a positive light on social issues and uncovering truths.”

Their third release since they came together as a duo in 2006, the siblings have opted to give their music an edgier, more pop sound with a more focused message. Beth says, “We wanted to create songs about social change, coming into your own power, and truth.” The first single “Silhouette” presents a more pop-oriented sound with the sisters’ signature sparkling vocal harmonies, to be released on November 29, 2012.

Lyrics

Like You

Written By: Beth Callen

The wind is blowing my house down
Huff and puff and it's gone
I just want to be like you
You always know what you want
You always know what you want
You always know what you want

The lights here can be blinding
Watch your step then you fall
I just want to be like you
Want to be anything at all

At all, at all

Now you are leaving
What will I do when you're gone
I just want to be like you
But I'm not

No I'm not
I'm not, oh no I'm not

The wind is blowing my house down
Huff and puff and it's gone
I just want to be like you
But I'm not

Life

Written By: Jessa Callen

As the time sifts, mark the season's shift
Here comes the light
As the dawn fades, see the night unmade
Decipher the rite

As the time flows, I see the highs and lows
Connecting life
Still the wheel turns, and the seasons burn
Here comes the night

The cycle will run its course
Until you have found the source
It takes so long to go home

Troubles come and go, I struggle as I grow
But I'll look ahead
Even when it ends, there lies another bend
To follow instead

The cycle will run its course
Until you have found the source
It takes so long to go home

Nothing lasts forever
We are changed by each endeavor
Learn to flow with the tide
And shells of youth will soon subside

Lullaby

Written By: The Callen Sisters

Here comes the dark, time to fly
I left you with a sad lullaby
Bye baby, bye bye
Bye baby, bye bye

Beads of rain fall in regret
But anguished pleas will not beget me now
Bye baby, bye bye
Bye baby, bye bye

Fire still flutters, I see it glow
But flame will soon gutter and stop the flow
Bye baby, bye bye
Bye baby, bye bye

The path has changed, here lies the split
Time seems strange as it shapes and shifts
Now we hold these willow heads, the branches will not hold you
The sap is run, its life is spent
And rushing winds seem to pull you on

I had no wish to cause distress
But freedom pulled, pushed, and pressed me now
Bye baby, good bye
Bye baby, good bye

Tangled Up

Written By: The Callen Sisters

About his cold, lonely smile
It's usually warm and animated
There's a darkness deepening his eyes,
can't be penetrated

Looking for some sort of crack,
a place the light trickles through
So I can reacquaint myself
with the love I once knew
You're changing like the tides in
a weather-stricken sea
Come back, honey

All I want to be
All I want to be
Is tangled up with you
All I want to be
All I want to be
Is tangled up with you

Drifting in and out of the days
Watching dusk turn to night
I used to see forever
In your eyes

Wake Up

Written By: The Callen Sisters

Wake up, why are you sleeping?
Wake up and look what you've done

It's a long road back and I'm already tired of trying to explain
Why we're going back in the first place
With your eyes hanging low you've managed to dig a great hole
And now we're bringing back the calm that once surrounded us

Wake up, where are you going?
Get up there's chaos to be undone

It's a long road back and I'm already tired of trying to explain
Why we're going back in the first place
With your eyes hanging low you've managed to dig a great hole
And now we're bringing back the calm that once surrounded us

You can't turn back time
But you can set it straight
Just open your eyes and awake
Stay up, stay up!

Reincarnate

Written By: The Callen Sisters

Reincarnate

You held my heart in your arms
I guess you weren't that strong because you dropped it
Love, we flowered in a dream but then you scared me awake
If I built you a greenhouse could we reincarnate?

Speak up, speak out
We're face to face
I pull you in close
But you're still far away

So far away
So far away
So far away

Draw in my sails, got no course left to chart
The sweetness of our sunset has left me in the dark
Feel the wind pick up, current pulling me on
Your word is a Vail that you can't see beyond

Speak up, speak out
We're face to face
I pull you in close
But you're still far away

So far away
So far away
So far you've thrown us away

Discography

- Silhouette (Single - Nov. 2012)

- No Shelter (2010)

- The Callen Sisters (2007)
* Tracks from "The Callen Sisters" have been played on
Radio BBC Wales

Set List

Sets from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Silhouette
Light Bringer
Little Dreamer
Black & White
Never Surrender
Holy Water
Down on Mission Street
My Mind's Made Up
Canyon
In Your Name
Between Us
My Own Way
Avalanche
Father Daughter
Disarmament
Field of Poppies
No Shelter
Stay
Reincarnate
Life
Wildfires
Irrelevant
Wake Up
Phase
Almost Gone
Like You
Tangled Up
Between Us
Anomie
Lullaby
Whirlwind Came

All original music except for the occasional cover:

Across The Universe (The Beatles)
The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
Helplessly Hoping (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
I'm Only Sleeping (The Beatles)