Chit Chatting With Singing Duo Wild Fire


Written by Jill Sheets

I first found out about the singing group Wild Fire from my Instragram account, and decided that I would check out their music.  I am glad that I did.  These amazing sisters have been singing sense they there young and they have not stopped. Continue to read on about these talented sisters, about their music and their favorite theater acting roles.


R: How did you two get into singing?

Kelli: I started singing and taking professional voice lessons at age five, and Kayla at age six.


R: Tell us about your EP “Wild Fire.”

Kayla: Our “Wild Fire” EP is our debut record that was released in March of 2017. We wrote all of the songs on it ourselves, along with a couple other cowriters. The title track “Wild Fire” is a song about our arrival on the music scene. It is a hard-hitting, high-energy country rock song. Our song “Southern Summer” was inspired from our love of the Texas Gulf Coast. Our song “Social Media Lovesick” is a humorous song about relationships in the modern age with social media, texting and instant communication. Our most popular track is “Believe,” which is an inspirational song of hope. We wrote this song as a means to encourage others to pursue their dreams and never give up.  This has been our most popular song by far.  It has been featured on two TV shows, FM and AM radio and internet radio. We had a great time writing and recording our “Wild Fire” EP.  It took us about six months to complete it from start to finish.


R: I heard that you are recording tracks for a new album. Is that true? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it and do you have a release date?

Kelli: Yes, that’s true. We are currently working on a seven-song album. We started on it as soon as we finished our first EP. Five songs have been completed with two remaining. We think our fans will really love this album. The first single, titled “One,” will be released in early November. Let’s just say if you loved “Believe,” you will love “One.” For our fans who want to be the first to download “One,” they will be able to find it at We do not have an official title for the new album yet, but will soon. Just like our first EP, you will hear elements of country, country rock and pop infused in the tracks. We are also heavy on the harmonies, of course. As far as a release date, we are targeting January 2018.


R: Not only do you sing, but you write your own music. What is your writing process and how do you come up with the ideas?

Kayla: We have different approaches. Sometimes it starts with a chord progression we come up with on the guitar, and then we begin writing lyrics. Other times, we like to write without an instrument. We hear the song in our heads, record it into our phones, and go from there. There are also times that we will overhear a conversation and that sparks an idea. Then we quickly write it down or record it. So we use various methods, but our main instrument we write on is guitar. We draw our ideas from our life experiences as much as possible. We feel it is important to be as open and honest as possible with our art. When you hear our songs, you will know that you have peeled the layer back and learned even more about us.


R: Where can people get your music?

Kelli: You can find us at all the usual distribution channels such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and so forth. We encourage our fans to purchase directly from our the music page on our website, which is:

If you want to connect on social media, our website etc., here are some links:



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SnapChat:  wildfiresings  wildfiresings


R: What are some of your favorite songs to belt out in the car or your room?

Kayla: Anything by Sam Hunt, such as “House Party” or “Cop Car.”

Kelli: I would have to say right now it would be Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing.” Yeah, that’s my current jam.


R: Tell our readers about Upbeat Kidz Rock.

WF: Upbeat Kidz Rock is a TV show that features young artists under the age of 17 that write, record, and perform their own original music. We were selected for the show in 2016 and filmed our episode in Cleveland, Ohio. The show featured two music videos from our first EP: “Believe” and “Social Media Lovesick.” The show also featured some short interviews of us and our parents. We had a blast on the set, and the people were just awesome to work with. Our episode aired this summer in seven states and Canada. We recently were cast in another TV show called Houston’s Own Country. It is a local access show here in Houston, Texas, that also airs on cable TV. We filmed five music videos which will soon be aired on TV. We will also post these to our YouTube channel once the editing has been completed.


R: I read that you have performed in many theater productions. Is that something you would like to do in the future?

Kayla: Yes, we sure have. We began theater and dance at the age of 5 (Kelli) and 6 (Kayla) and fell in love with theater. We were cast in numerous plays up until 2016 when we started Wild Fire. I think this really shaped us as performers, as we were constantly in front of an audience speaking, singing, and dancing.

Kelli: I think in the future we would definitely love to audition for roles in theater, TV, movies and so forth. We love being in front of an audience!


R: What was your favorite role?

Kelli: I would have to say my favorite role was Gretyl in “The Sound of Music.”

Kayla: My favorite role was Alice Beineke in the “Addam’s Family.”

R: What are your future goals?

Kayla: Our short-term goals are to continue to write, record, and perform original music here in Texas and grow our fan base. There is a lot of ground to cover here in Texas. In the long-term, we plan to move to Nashville after high school and attend Belmont University. We plan to major in music and continue performing our music in Nashville.

Kelli: Our goal is to become a major artist in the country music world.


R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, which ones and tell us about them?

Kelli: The charity closest to our heart is the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Our Nana passed away from this terrible disease and we hope and pray for a cure.

Kayla: We also support St. Jude’s and Texas Children’s Hospital.  Kids are very special to us!


R: If you could go back in time, where would you go, what time period, and why?

Kayla: I think the 80’s would be fun. Yeah, I would go back to the 80’s. We love the music from that era.

Kelli: I would have to agree.


R: It is not easy being a teen. What advice would you give them?

Kelli: The most important piece of advice I would give is be yourself. Don’t try and mold yourself into what your peers think you should be. You are an original masterpiece and there is nobody like you.

Kayla: I agree and would also say don’t listen to the haters. You will encounter negativity and people saying you can’t achieve certain goals. They are either jealous or they do not have enough confidence to reach their own goals. Believe in yourself and you will succeed.


R: Anything else you would like to add?

Kayla: We would just like to thank you for this interview and we are so glad that we connected.
Kelli: I agree. We would also like to tell all our fans that we appreciate all of you! God bless!


Photo credit: Molly Young, Rob Iutzwig

All Sons and Daughters: Live

All Sons and Daughters:  Live

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

allsonsanddaughtersI was introduced to Sons and Daughters music last May when they were at a conference I attended.  It was love at first listen.  Because they are a boy/girl duo, they are being compared to the Civil Wars.  I’m only putting that comparison out there for you to understand they have a few similarities, but really, All Sons and Daughters stand on their own.  Their lyrics connect to my heart instantaneously.  Their melodies move my soul.  I adore them, and I love the opportunity to write this review for them-to say that it’s a band that I think everyone should hear is an understatement.  They totally get the conflict, the struggles, the joy and the transformation of living a Christian life.  They understand me.

The first track of the album, “Brokenness Aside,” has had me in tears more than once.  Sometimes, I am a complete mess.  But God wants me anyway, and He wants to mold me into the creation He wants.  This is a go-to song on those days when I’m feeling a little unworthy.

“Wake Up” is another favorite, simply because this song inspires me.  I will not be silent about my love.  I will not be quiet about my faith. “Called Me Higher” is for those days when I am letting my fear or comfort inhibit me; this is the encouragement that I need to hear when I need to move outside of myself.  “I will go where you lead me, Lord/You have called me higher/You have called me deeper.”  The song “God With Us” is all about Jesus coming to this earth and dying for us to make the love that God feels for us personal.  There are no boundaries keeping us from Him.  Not even our sin holds us back anymore.  I love the message.

The album is thirteen songs and sixty-eight minutes long.  I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the goodness to be found here, but these are the songs that resonate with me at the deepest level, at this time.  But that doesn’t mean that in a few weeks, or even as little as a few days, that the other songs won’t speak to me even more than these do.  All Sons and Daughters write those kind of songs-the ones that stay with you, change and grow with you.  And while this is a live album, I love that I was able to forget that at moments.  The energy is palpable, but it isn’t forced.  The songs rest on the strength of phenomenally written lyrics and fantastic voices; no other gimmicks required.  It is pure goodness.  Go listen.

For more information, please visit and be sure to download the album, available April 23.

Bedhed and Blondy and the Sleepwalkers: Nuthin’

Bedhed and Blondy and the Sleepwalkers: Nuthin’

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Bedhed And Blondy And The Sleepwalkers

Bedhed And Blondy And The Sleepwalkers

“Bedhed”-Jay Studdard and “Blondy”-Fran Jackson recorded their debut (Somewhere
in Memphis) last spring, but after adding three new members-the Sleepwalkers, the
duo had grown into a band. Wanting to record their new sound quickly, they recorded
Nuthin’ and released it less than nine months after their first. The result? Nuthin’ really
is something; there are eight solid songs that are fresh and effortless.

Bedhed and Blondy and the Sleepwalkers have come from different areas of the country
including Puerto Rico, Texas, Chicago, and Alabama, and influences include southern
rock and soft jazz. The end result is unique but hard to define. While they are sometimes
singer/songwriter mixed with a little country (“Nuthin’” and “Not Alright”), other times
they are earthy and bluesy (“Grab Hold” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah”). Mix in a little boogie,
harmonies, and a lot of talent, and you have this band.

Stand outs include the harmonies on “Nuthin’” and the lyrics of “Not Alright” that
describes the emptiness almost too well. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” has simple lyrics, and the toe
tapping beat makes you feel, well, as the song title suggests, yeah, yeah, yeah. On “Hard
Times and Headaches” Blondy acknowledges that “whiskey bottles won’t take me
home,” and delivers an impressive display of her vocal power. But even more impressive
is that she doesn’t overuse it because she doesn’t have to. On songs like “I’ve Been
Thinkin,’” her tone is more than enough to make the song beautiful. The harmonies with
Bedhed only make them better.

Bedhed and Blondy and the Sleepwalkers won’t be pigeon-holed into a genre because
they offer their own unique sound that is instantly likable and relatable. Please visit for more information, or look them up on facebook and twitter.

Christian influenced musical duo Commission

Chit Chatting with Commission

Written by: Jill Sheets



Picture credit: Double AK Family Records

Recently, Relate had the honor of interviewing Commission, who are musical duo from London. Continue reading to learn more about this brother singing group.

R: Tell us about yourself?

C: Commission- consists of brothers Tope “Icie” and Gabriel “Bless MC” Chiedozie. We live in West side of London.

R: When did you start to sing? Was that something you always wanted to do?

C: Sing! (laughs), I wish. Lyrically, we started quite a few years ago. We wouldn’t say it was something that we HAD always wanted to do. But as time went along, we realized it was something we took a deeper interest in, and kept doing it. And will continue doing it.

R: When did Commission come together? How did it come about?

C: Commission started out with about 6 members, but as time went on people started to pursue what they really wanted to do. So by February 2004 it became what it is today.

R: How would you describe your music?

C: Our music is informative and is built with a platform for change

R: Tell us about your EP “Take Note.” How long did it take to make the EP from start to finish?

C: “Take Note” started off as a song that Bless was going to use at a youth concert/celebration. It took roughly 2 weeks ½ (overall) to have the song full with the chorus and the lyrics confirmed. And then our management decided to add the rest of the tracks to it. Icie always does a freestyle he calls “Inhale Exhale” we decided to put that on the Ep as well. Fathers Step was something Bless was working on and our manager got another producer (GkiD) to re-produce the beat. The end result is what you now have on the Ep.



Picture credit: Double AK Family Records

R: Do you write your own songs? If so, what is your writing process? Do you start with the lyrics first?

C: Yes we write our own songs. Our writing process varies at times. We try as much as possible to pray before we write. Sometimes a lyric or a verse could come to our head. We find it easier sometimes to know what the concept or title of the beat is, before we start writing.

R: Tell us about the single “Take Note.” What is the song about?

C: The song “Take Note” is about, as cliché as it sounds, taking notes. Whether it be in education, life, church….Take Note.

Some people fail to understand things they are taught, sometimes because they don’t take notes. In education, if your teacher is giving important information about the test, some may say they remember, but when it comes to exams they would’ve forgotten it because they didn’t take note of it. In life, in order to succeed, one should take note of the faults that another individual has done and avoid producing the similar fault.

In church, many people have complained that they may not understand what the Pastor has preached about, yet they aren’t taking notes. The purpose of taking notes in church is so you can go and get better understand of what was taught in case you didn’t understand and also for you to remember what was taught overall.

Just trying to encourage everyone to take note, it can be read from different angles, but overall…TAKE NOTE

R: How does being a Christian affect your music?

C: We wouldn’t say it affects, but would say it influences our music. One does not rely on ones knowledge or decision in what to write. Its helpful because we know that we’re not writing to benefit ourselves or get ourselves known (even though it will happen), but its mainly to help bring a difference through the tool we have been given.

R: What are some things you would like people to get from your music?

C: Be unique, listen, digest, apply.



Picture credit: Double AK Family Records

R: Where can people get your music?

C: Our music is on: itunes, Amazon, Emusic,, Rhapsody, Napster

R: What is your favourite song to perform?

C: Can I customize the question to What are our favourite songs to perform?

Well: “Champion”, “Take Note”, “Inhale Exhale”, “Up 2 U”, “Too the Guys to the Girls”, “Fathers Steps”. I’m guessing we should’ve said all… (laughs).

R: What do you do before you go out on stage?

C: Before we go out on stage, we pray to God that people hear the message and receive what is being said. And that God should have His way, for us to have fun. Also make sure clarity is exercised, and a bottle of water alongside for the saliva usage.

R: Are there any plans for an up and coming tour?

C: Yep. Our manger is looking into that for us.

R: You two are brothers. What is it like working with each other? How do you deal with disagreements?

C: If there any disagreements we share them so that it is resolved, instead of going on stage holding grudges towards one another.

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

C: When we hear someone is reflecting over their life and are contemplating on making improvements in their lives due to listening to a song or something said by us. That makes us want to write more.

R: What singers and bands can be found on your ipod or mp3 player?

C: There are too many artists to list, it’s mainly UK Gospel, Da Truth, Praise and Worship and Instrumentals,

R: If you two could work with anyone on a song, who would it be and why?

C: Racheal Kerr, Tye Tribbett and Mali Music. They all have unique style that they add to music to make sound so beautiful.

R: If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

C: Tye Tribbett, cause of his energy on stage.

R: Do you have any hidden talents?

C: Bless plays football, stage management, project management, acting, and a grill man (bbq), oh yeh he is good with computers. Icie on the other hand love photography, writing and been creative.

R: What has been you favorite memory so far?

C: There was a time where many of my Umbrella (DoubleAK) were going through a tough time, and we went to perform at an event. We did a song called “Champion” and it really touched and encouraged us, there’s a part in the song where we raise our hands in the air and sing “Champion”, and at that same time I saw everyone of us with our arms raised high, even our drummer. That is one of my favorite memories.

R: What do you like to do in your spare time?

C: Similar to our hidden talents

R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

C: hummmmm… we’ll come back to that.

R: What advice would you give someone who is interested in the music industry?

C: The music industry is big. You need to know why you want to be in it. Having at the back of your mind that everything is about worldviews. People selling you a lifestyle. So if you are with Christ, stay with Christ! If it is what you are meant to do and you know it is, then work hard on it. Don’t rush to get out there, work hard to get close to perfection. Take Notes (no pun intended) from people who are doing things and learn from it. It’s never a bad thing to learn.

R: What are your future goals?

C: To be where I’m not now, and die empty…

R: If you were not singers, what would you be?

C: Bless would probably be a football or a coach. Icie would be a professional photographer and also doing something in youth work.

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

C: That might be difficult, because I might think that people don’t know when they do.

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

C: I got asked this strange question once. “What goes around the world and stays in the corner”

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have a website? If so, what is the address? Do you have a youtube channel? If so, what is the address?

Facebook: Search for Commission




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R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

C: We would just like to say a massive thank you for all your support and encouragement over the years. It has helped us to remain focused and has given us a drive to continue to do what we do. We pray that you too are encouraged in your dreams and pursuits in life and pray our music offers a glimpse of what it means to be in a relationship with God. Thank you and God Bless – Mark 10:45

R: Commission, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

C: Thank you for this opportunity.

Singing and songwriting duo, Coldwater Jane

Chit Chatting with Coldwater Jane

Written by: Jill Sheets

Coldwater Jane

Coldwater Jane

Picture credit: David Tsay

Recently we got the honor of interview the singing duo the Coldwater Jane. Continue to read about Coldwater Jane and about their music.

R: How did you come up with the name Coldwater Jane?

LC: We wanted to use the name Jane because it means so much to us. It’s our mother’s name, Brandon’s middle name, and our great great grandmother’s name. Coldwater came from Coldwater Canyon. So much great music came out of that area and we thought it just sounded good with Jane. It’s pretty hard to find a good band name that isn’t already taken and you don’t feel silly saying.

R: Both of you play the guitar. How long have you been playing, and do either of you play any other instrument other than voice?

LC: Brandon has been picking up the mandolin, and I play piano some. Although not nearly well enough to play in front of other musicians!

R: How long have you been singing and writing your own music?

LC: We first sang together in church when we were 2 and 4. Our parents are music lovers and encouraged us to sing, but writing definitely came from something inside of us. I remember the first song I ever wrote I sang to my mom and dad in the car on the way to Mobile, Al (the nearest mall to our town in MS). I remember her asking what artist sang that song. That started a fire.

R: What is your songwriting process? Do you start with the words?

LC: Sometimes we start with a melody, sometimes we start with a title or a lyrical idea, and every now and then when we are lucky it feels like it comes from above. Like we have nothing to do with it, we’re just the ones typing and singing.

R: Tell us about touring with your family as a family gospel band? What was your favorite memory of doing that?

LC: I have lots of memories of doing school work in the van, sleeping in people’s houses that we didn’t know (members of the churches where we were singing) and our little brother basically falling asleep while playing the drums. He would lay his head down on the snare while playing when he got tired! Most of the memories are good, but anything you do full time is work and it’s not a life for most people. We feel fortunate because it laid the groundwork for what we are doing now. It taught us things like how to keep going in a show even if something isn’t going right. We are so thankful for the experience, although it seems a little crazy now looking back on it!

R: Tell us about your up and coming CD. What are the titles of some of the songs? Do you have a release date yet for it? Does it have a title?

LC: Our album, “Bring On The Love”, will be out early next year. We are SO excited for everyone to hear it. The title track was our first single, but I feel like the whole record has something to say. “Devil Train” is a fast fun song about sneaking out (no need to mention which one of us that one is about), and “Marrionette” is a bluegrassy song about a free spirit. It’s tough waiting to share something we created that we are so proud of!

R: Tell us about your single “Bring On the Love.” How did you come up with the idea for this song?

LC: We were sitting in the studio playing around on all the instruments (banjo, dobro, mandolin) that are all tuned like a guitar. The melody and title came out pretty quickly since we were just having fun. The next day we came in and wrote what we wanted to say. Kind of a “come together”, love everybody kind of tune. It was important for us to say something that had meaning, but still be able to write it in an encouraging light.

R: Where were you when you fist heard “Bring On the Love” on the radio? What was it like?

LC: This is my favorite question. We were in my grandmother’s house in Mississippi, which is the house my great great grandfather built, the house we lived in while we were traveling all over the country singing in churches, and the house we left to move to Nashville. We were literally just running in for a minute when we heard on the radio in the kitchen “Bring On The Love.” Bran started crying. I didn’t even know what to say. It’s like God knows that sometimes you need a little, “Hey, you’re right where you need to be.”

R: Where can people get your music?

LC: “Bring On The Love” is available on itunes and very soon in stores.

R: What is it like working with your sister? How do you handle disagreements?

LC: Working with my sister is one of the greatest joys of all of this. Making and playing music is amazing, but I imagine as a solo artist it can get real lonely sometimes. It’s so nice to have someone to bounce things off of and to have someone call you out on your crap. We fight, but when we do, we get it all out on the table and it’s over. We don’t bring it up again. We both know we have each other’s best interest at heart, beyond music.

R: We read that you where in the 4th Annual Country Weekly Fashion Show. What was that like?

LC: I am definitely not the fashion show type! I don’t get my nails done (they get scratched up by guitar strings anyway), don’t shop much. I know nothing about fashion really, but everyone was so nice and made the whole thing so fun that we really enjoyed it! It was also for a great cause. We felt lucky to be a part of it!

Coldwater Jane

Coldwater Jane

Picture credit: David Tsay

R: Tell us about “Second Harvest.”

LC: What a great cause, and it was amazing how many volunteers were there on a Saturday to help people they don’t even know. We are always so proud to be involved in things that help our community. One volunteer supervisor told us, “Not everybody can donate money, but I can donate my time.”

R: We read that you have also helped out orphans in Ethiopia. Tell us about it?

LC: My husband and I got involved in sponsoring a child in Africa through Kingdom Vision. It costs so little, but it can do so much. I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in my life and forget how blessed I am. We get to be a part of some amazing benefits and organizations. This is a cause that I hope to be more a part of in the future.

R: Are there any other charities that are close to your heart? If so, tell us about them.

LC: We got to tour St. Jude Children’s hospital and it literally broke our hearts. As much for the parents as the children. It’s only through donations that no child is turned away, even if they don’t have to money to pay. A child is a child. They should all get the same chance.

R: What has been you most “star struck” moment? Who was it and tell us about it?

LC: Reba is amazing and just about the nicest person. Once she talked to me and I didn’t know what to say. I got nervous and kind of laughed.

R: What bands and singers to you listen to? What are your favorite songs by each one of them?

B: Patty Griffin. “Nobody’s Cryin” is a masterpiece. I love Train “Meet Virginia”.

Jeff Buckley’ version of “Hallelujah” gives me chills to this day. And Patty Loveless “Here I am”. Beautiful. I love so much it’s hard to choose!

R: What is your favorite song to belt out in the car?

B: Lately my guiltiest pleasure is singing Carrie Underwood’s “Undo it” at the top of my lungs. What a great song!

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

B: Honestly, our mom and dad. They introduced us to so much great music. And in those moments when I wanted to quit, when it got too hard… they believed in me, so I kept believing in myself. I don’t know where Leah and I would be with out their love and guidance.

R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

B: A very lovely man I know told me last summer, that no matter what I think I am… an artist, a singer, daughter, all those “identity” things I get so wrapped up in… at the end of the day, I am a child of God. And no matter what things happen or change around me, nothing can change that, ever. I take a lot of rest in that, and I believe I always will.

R: What advice would you give teenage girls?

B: I am the last person to be doling out advice; I am still learning so much myself. But I guess If I could tell my 16 year old self something… I would say.. you are beautiful, you are smart, listen to that little voice when it tells you “this isn’t a good idea” and trust yourself ! Oh, and stand up straight!

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

B: I am trying to learn french

I am a pretty good cook

Sometimes I can’t believe I get to do this for a living!

I have a crush on “House” and “Gene Wilder in Willie Wonka” ( I know, weird.)

No matter how much time I spend with Leah, I still call her every single day and actually still want to talk to her on the phone.

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website? If so, what is the address? <>

R: What is the best thing a fan has ever said or did for you?

B: Anytime they spread the word about your music it’s exciting.

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

B: How do you two know each other? Not that we expect people to know that we are sisters, but it’s a hard one to answer without sounding smart or giggling! That question always cracks me up & I always say “in the womb.”

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

B: Thank you for listening to our music, we really hope you like it and if you haven’t heard us… we hope you will check it out.