The Kinleys Biography

Country vocal duo the Kinleys comprises twin sisters Heather and Jennifer Kinley (5 November 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), with Heather also playing guitar and Jennifer piano. Growing up in Philadelphia the sisters began performing together at the age of eight, and before long their infatuation with the latest pop hits had faded and they began to explore their country roots. The sisters moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the start of the 90s, where they held down day jobs while attempting to attract the attention of the record labels. After several hard years attending writer’s showcases and performing in bars, the duo teamed up with songwriter/producer Russ Zavitson and began to make some progress. Several labels championed their demo but in the end the Kinleys signed a recording contract with Epic Records.

The duo worked with Zavitson and producers Tony Haselden and Peter Greene on their debut Just Between You And Me, which was released in late 1997. The first single from the album, ‘Please’, shot straight into the upper regions of the country singles chart, and was followed by another Top 10 hit courtesy of the title track. ‘Please’ also crossed over to the pop charts, reaching the Billboard Hot 100. Their impressive arrival on the scene was confirmed when the sisters were named the Best New Duo by the Academy of Country Music. The Kinleys maintained their commercial ascendancy in 1998 with the country and pop hit ‘Somebody’s Out There Watching’, a track lifted from the soundtrack of the television series Touched By An Angel. Work on their second album was extended by a record company enforced change of producer shortly before the intended release date, and the mixed critical reaction to II, which finally appeared in 2000, was compounded by less than spectacular sales.

Following the release of their second album the Kinleys took time out from their recording career to concentrate on starting families. They also parted company with Epic and set up their own Identical Records label. They returned to the recording studio in 2003 to begin work on a new project, All In The Family, with Jennifer’s husband Adam Hughes brought in to oversee production. The album was released to strong reviews the following year.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.