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Gold Heart

My Sisters and Me – 2009 (Rural Rhythm)

Reviewed by Greg Yost

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There's an old adage that says nothing beats family harmony, and the teenage sister act Gold Heart is out to prove it with its third studio release and label debut. Hailing from Virginia, Analise (mandolin), Jocelyn (guitar) and Shelby Gold (fiddle) impress with these 12 bluegrass tunes, including 9 originals, showcasing exceptional harmony vocals as well as their individual talents as instrumentalists.

Raised in a musical family, the three sisters have been performing for years, and all three have been recognized for their musical and vocal chops at competitions. Jocelyn, the group's primary songwriter, was 1 of 12 finalists in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriters Contest at the annual MerleFest musical gathering in North Carolina.

Produced by Justin Carbone of Special Consensus fame, some of the most notable tracks include the peppy Shining Down On Me, Chasing Lightning Bugs, a single-worthy track written by Carbone's old Special Consensus mate Ashby Frank, and Sister, a song by Nora Jane Struthers that captures the spirit of what this group is all about.

The three-part a cappella gospel of Heavenly Home, co-penned by Jocelyn Gold and Carbone, is one of the most memorable tracks and a shining example of the group's vocal prowess.