The Peasall Sisters
The 700 Club
Over the past five years the Peasall Sisters – Sarah, 18; Hannah, 14; and Leah, 12 - have earned Grammy and CMA awards for their part in the blockbuster movie and soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. They’ve performed at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the acclaimed Down From the Mountain tour, in addition to the Grand Ole Opry. But even with all that time in the spotlight, the Peasalls are still all about family.
Recent high school graduate Sarah is the oldest of six siblings. The younger are ages 8, 4, and 18 months. In a way, singing came naturally to them. Their father Mike was the music minister at their church and plays upright Bass; their Mom sang alto in the choir. Sarah says they all started singing in children’s church at age 4. As each sibling got old enough they joined the children’s choir. She, Hannah, and Leah were invited and started singing in other venues – nursing homes, fairs, churches, etc. When a friend told them that movie producers were looking for children to play star George Clooney’s children in a new movie, the Peasalls went to an open audition. They didn’t get the on-screen part, but the producers liked their 3-part harmony and they joined the stellar cast and soundtrack. “After O Brother everything exploded,” Sarah says.
Traveling to their many engagements works well in the Peasalls’ schedule. They are all home-schooled. Sarah has been home-schooled since first grade, and says her relationship with Christ has been part of her life all of her life. She remembers accepting the Lord at age 7 at a church revival. When they sing of faith it’s real to them. She says faith in Christ is not part of her life, “It is my life.” They don’t try to hide their faith. They are all songwriters. She wrote “Home To You,”; she and Leah wrote “Gray County Line,” etc. Mom made them all take piano lessons; their grandfather plays many instruments.
Their new CD features members of two other famous families - producer John Carter Cash and guitarist Randy Scruggs. It really is a family record and they wanted it to stay that way. It was recorded in the rustic comfort of Cash Cabin Studio where John Carter’s father Johnny Cash recorded his final music.
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