By Tina Wakefield
Four young women with a heart and passion for God and music mix together to create a transforming experience for any audience. While listening to the Hall Sisters perform, one could close their eyes and feel as though they had been transported back in time to the days of The Andrew Sisters where harmony was queen. Jessica, Natalie, Lydia, and Valerie Hall possess great talent for singing and playing their way into the very heart of their audiences. The Hall Sisters enjoy a variety of musical styles, and perform music from all genres including Gospel, Bluegrass, Folk songs, and Oldies, as well as fiddle and instrumental tunes. There is even an Annie Moses Band influence that is obvious within the group, coming from the instruction the girls received from this popular band.
Jessica Hall, the oldest of the sisters, plays mandolin, guitar, and piano and is the alto singer for the group. Jessica is also considered the leader of the group and is responsible for arranging the music for The Hall Sisters. Jessica says that in learning to lead, â€œI had to learn that I was not right all the time. To be a real leader, you need to be humble and willing to accept correction from others.â€
Being the one in charge can have its humorous side as well. Jessica was responsible for starting an a cappella song on a specific note. Unfortunately, she forgot the note and started the song too high. The group had to stop and restart the song on the correct note and thatâ€™s one moment sheâ€™ll never forget! Jessica says that while singing she feels the Lordâ€™s pleasure and as long as she can sing, she is happy. She adds that their parents have been their spiritual leaders and encouragers and the grandparents have been the prayer warriors praying for unity and safety as they travel.
Natalie Hall is a gifted musician as well as singer, possessing the ability to play the violin as well as the mandolin. Natalieâ€™s goal is that others would be drawn to Jesus through the light that shines in her. She is the high voice for the group and Jessica says that her voice is â€œone of the strongest that she has ever heard.â€
Music is Natalieâ€™s ministry to reach others but it does not define her totally. She enjoys being outside with her dad whether cutting grass, trimming bushes, or working in the garden. If she wasnâ€™t singing, Natalie says she would most likely be a Dental Assistant working for her father and also at home learning to be a homemaker.
Natalie truly has a strong tie with her family and loves spending her spare time with either parent. Just as she enjoys time with her dad outside, she equally loves to cook with her mom. Natalie has had her share of kitchen disasters and told us how a recipe went wrong. She was baking cookies with her mom and turned the page for the remainder of the recipe, but the page stuck and she ended up with a totally different recipe to finish the cookies. As it turned out, the cookies were mixed with a granola recipe, which was definitely interesting. The family didnâ€™t eat very much of that recipe, but they do love her homemade bread.
Lydia Hall has the great ability to light up the stage when she begins to minister through song and violin. Her steadfastness is based on the fact that, as she says, â€œI need Him everyday, and every hour of my life.â€ Lydia continues, â€œWe live in a dark world but music can definitely penetrate the darkness and I want everything I do to point to Jesus.â€
Lydia would love to perform overseas someday, as music speaks every language and she would love to meet others in different regions of the world. She has a tender heart for orphans and children and loves to understand how they see Jesus. A song that The Hall Sisters perform called: â€œSome Children See Him,â€ is a favorite of the group because it speaks about children from all nationalities and how they view Jesus.
Lydiaâ€™s beautiful voice can soar from alto to soprano for the group and her favorite song to sing is, â€œBrethren, We Have Met to Worship.â€ She describes this song as glorious and worshipful and their performance of this song makes this writer smile.
Lydia encourages older singers who may be thinking of retiring and wondering if anyone still wants to hear the old songs to never give up. She feels that people love the old songs for the memories. These songs can recount a time when things were better for most people and the world was not so crazy. Even movies reach back and take songs from The Golden Era because they anchor people and give them a secure hook to the past.
Valerie Hall is the youngest member of The Hall Sisters. Valerie laughs, â€œIt is hard learning to take correction from my older sisters!â€ She says that learning to pull her share of responsibilities of a singing group has been good for her, but if she could be the leader for just one day it would be fun to be the one correcting the older sisters. Honestly, she said she would not change a thing about The Hall Sisters because she feels the presence of God when performing and loves â€œfeelingâ€ the music when she plays.
Valerie sings soprano and plays the cello for the group. She says that she loves to relate to the audiences, smiling at them and seeing them smile back, and making sure she conveys the message behind the song. For Valerie, it is hard doing the same thing everyday, but she would never want to stop because she loves feeling the Lordâ€™s presence when performing. To other young people interested in music, she says: â€œKeep going, donâ€™t ever give up, but make sure that you are doing it for the right reason: to glorify God. It is worth all the practicing. It is definitely worth it!â€
We are sure to be hearing more from The Hall Sisters in the very near future, as they are one of the up and coming young groups in Gospel music. The ladies have just finished filming several music videos in Nashville, TN. in January to be aired on YouTube. They have plans to return to the studio this spring to work on a full Christmas CD and another album.
Be sure to see The Hall Sisters in concert when they are in your area and you will be blessed by the music, spirit, and energy of these four young women. You may purchase one of their current projects entitled, Snow and True Blue Love on their website www.hallsisters.com .
Written by Tina Wakefiled.
First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine, February 2015. For current SGN Scoops issues, click HERE.Â