Beyond the Veil was formed almost five years ago as a small "sister act". Since that time, the female fronted group has grown to four full-time members, with others soon to be added. Composing all of their own music, filled with telling lyrics and...
Beyond the Veil was formed almost five years ago as a small "sister act". Since that time, the female fronted group has grown to four full-time members, with others soon to be added. Composing all of their own music, filled with telling lyrics and haunting melodies, Beyond the Veil strikes a chord with today's generation. Lead vocals and keys are covered by Brittany Turner. Lending harmony as well as a driving beat on the drums is the middle sister, Miriah Turner. Rounding out the complex three part harmonization and playing backup percussion is the youngest sister, Sierra Turner. The newest member of the band, Phil Scott, completes the sound of this cutting edge group playing lead guitar
Sisters find the meaning of harmony by Record Observer Queen Anne’s March 14, 2008 Record ObserverQueen Anne’s CountyBy Abby SchmidtStaff WriterStevensville - Take three musically inclined sisters, a mother with a flair for writing lyrics, a father who doesn't mind...
Sisters find the meaning of harmony by Record Observer Queen Anne’s March 14, 2008 Record Observer
Queen Anne’s County
By Abby Schmidt
Stevensville - Take three musically inclined sisters, a mother with a flair for writing lyrics, a father who doesn't mind towing the group and its equipment all over the U.S., and the whole family's deep-rooted faith in God, and you get Beyond the Veil, the sisters' contemporary Christian group that recently released its first studio album.
But don't think the Turner family is seeking fame and fortune with their talents.
"It's really a ministry with a band attached," said Miriah, 16, the middle sister and a back-up vocalist and drummer.
Older sister Brittany, 18, is the lead vocalist, plays keyboards and helps write songs; youngest sister Sierra, a bubbly 12-year old, recently joined the band full-time as a back-up singer and percussionist who may start learning the bass guitar this summer.
The sisters' mother, Stephanie, writes many of the lyrics, and their father, Rick, is, in Stephanie's words, the band's roadie, in charge of equipment set-up and technical support. Together, the parent's manage their talented daughter's.
The group's debut album, released last month at a party at Heritage Community Church in Severn, is called "The Things of This World Pale," and has 13 original songs written and performed by the group. The album was recorded at Classic Recording Studio in Nashville and features several session musicians.
The material for the songs, Stephanie said, came from everyday life, and subjects addressed include abortion, peer pressure, loneliness and God.
On the CD, the sisters' voices, led by Brittany's strong, lilting vocals, blend into beautiful harmonies layered over keyboards, guitars, drums and other percussion instruments.
Neither of the girls has ever taken a formal music lesson, said Brittany, evidence that their talents are God-given and should be used to minister to others. Brittany said that at the age of 14, she felt inclined to start a band and began piecing together some lyrics with her mother, who wrote songs when she was younger. Eventually, the sisters performed at school and started opening at coffee houses.
Since then, the band has traveled to Louisiana for benefit concerts for victims of Hurricane Katrina and performed at USO shows for troops and their families. One of the songs on their CD, "Fly Away," is dedicated to military families and when they perform it, military members are asked to come to the front and salute their families. That song is also popular on a radio station in Waco, Texas.
The song on the CD that seems to have had the biggest impact is "To Never Know," about abortion. It was discovered on the band's MySpace page by a radio station in the Netherlands, who requested permission to play it. Other people have found the song on the band's Facebook page, and its popularity has grown among pro-life groups. An independent film company wants to use the recording in an upcoming movie.
And the band continues to tour. Usually, the family and their equipment travel in a big blue Suburban with a trailer, driving up and down the East Coast for weekend engagements. All three girls say they love the road trips and the Suburban feels like home, where Sierra commandeers the entire third row of seating and watches a portable DVD player or does homework while her sisters and mother work on laptops.
When friends ask if her family is getting rich from CD sales and fees they earn for playing at different venues, Sierra said she has to laugh because all that money is going one place--into the Suburban's gas tank.
Stephanie said she is hoping to book some shows on the West Coast this summer, but that requires flying, which can be expensive for the entirely self-funded group, with the heavy equipment.
All three sisters would like to get the band signed, but it would have to be the right company.
We would need to be able to keep our creative license," Miriah said.
And if music doesn't pan out, the girls have other aspirations. Brittany is currently a film student at Regent University, which has campuses in Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach. Often, the family's road trips provide fodder for her film class assignments. Miriah is a student at Kent Island High School and is taking dual enrollment classes at Chesapeake College in addition to holding a part-time job. She hopes to attend Regent University and said she feels called to ministry. Sierra, a student at Stevensville Middle School, thinks she might like to be a reporter or a pastor's wife to stay close to ministry- though Brittany said her 12-year-old sister's career ideas change weekly.
But the band's future looks bright.
Upcoming shows include stops in Michigan in April and New York in June. Philip Scott, a guitarist from Edgewater Maryland, was recently added to the band and a bass guitarist is expected to join in May. Stephanie said there is enough additional original material to start on a second album, but that hasn't stopped Brittany from continuing to write.
Her most recent lyrics are for a song called "Losing You," about a failed relationship.
Stephanie and Rick are both proud of their daughters, and Stephanie said they will continue to support them as long as the girls' hearts are in it.
I know that's where their passion is," she said.
The CD is currently available at Island Flowers in Chester, on the band's Website, www.beyondaveil.com, and on iTunes.