Q&A W/ FACING WEST: SISTER-DUO, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, (& HILARIOUS) MUSICAL WIZARDS

Written by Staff for Girl Gang Music - November 19, 2017

Colorado-based sister duo Caitlin and Sidney Powell were raised in a mountain home in Colorado, with parents who encouraged singing around the dinner table, paired with an interest and seemingly effortless talent in learning new instruments, it was clear early on the two sisters were born to be musicians. Today, the pair is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music.

“I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to learning a new instrument,” says Sidney, the younger member of Facing West. “I can sit for hours watching videos of people playing various instruments, then I find myself searching for where to buy it. I just love the challenge of it all, and the success of writing a song with it.” To date, Caitlin and Sidney have mastered an impressive 16 instruments.

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Facing West: The Biggest Colorado Band You’ve Never Heard Of

Written by Katie Moulton for Westward - 10/30/17

Facing West has yet to check off the hallmarks of an up-and-coming Denver band. The acoustic-leaning alt-pop duo has never played the Larimer Lounge, never been nominated for a Westword Showcase. Neither member will be able to step foot in the hi-dive for several more years. Yet Facing West has amassed a supportive worldwide audience — 85,000 likes on Facebook, 59,000 Twitter followers, 119,000 Instagram followers, airplay of its new single, “Messed Up Masterpiece,” on 93.3 KTCL — not bad for teenagers living with their parents in Lakewood.

We chatted with Caitlin and Sidney Powell, the sisters who make up Facing West, to find out how they built such an audience, how they fit into the local scene and to defy them to melt our icy cynical hearts. The Powells speak as though sending exclamation-ridden text messages, with rampant energy and humor, talking over and playing off each other. It’s often hard to tell their voices apart over the phone, a sibling seamlessness that translates into their harmony-laden tracks.

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FOLK-POP DUO FACING WEST ADDED AS GUEST PERFORMERS ON BROOKLYN & BAILEY DIGITOUR

Folk-pop duo Facing West announced today their guest performance spot on pop stars Brooklyn & Bailey's DigiTour, opening for their Oct. 27, 28 and 29 shows in San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

"We're beyond excited to be hitting the road with Brooklyn & Bailey," said Sidney Powell, member of Facing West. "We've been huge fans of theirs for quite some time. To perform alongside them on tour is a dream come true."

"We've been admiring Caitlin and Sidney's music for a long time and are excited for our audience to find out that they'll be joining us on tour," said Brooklyn & Bailey. 

Facing West, comprised of sisters Caitlin and Sidney Powell, offers a style that's undoubtedly unique to them alone. Pulling inspiration from acts like Imagine Dragons, James Arthur and Mumford and Sons, the girls describe their sound as "alternative folk pop" - a sound that gives music enthusiasts a new and refreshing option. The duo is set to release new single "Messed Up Masterpiece" on Oct. 20 - a feat that's been a long time coming for their nearly 250,000 social media fans.

"Our sound has really morphed since we began working on our new EP. We're excited to finally share our passion with everyone and get this ball rolling," said Caitlin. 

Tickets for DigiTour Presents: Brooklyn & Bailey are available here

To learn more about Facing West, visit facingwestmusic.com.

Get to Know a Colorado Band: Facing West

Story by Alli Andress for AXS - March 16, 2015

Kicking off the first day of the Colorado Music Party taking place at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Evergreen, Colorado-based folk/country duo Facing West is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, March 17 at The 512 on 6th at 9:15 p.m. on the upstairs stage. Earlier this month on Tuesday, March 3, sisters Caitlin and Sidney Powell, both teenagers, released the first single, “Anchor,” from Facing West’s upcoming album Long Way Home. The siblings spoke with AXS about Facing West and the Colorado music scene in this exclusive interview.

AXS: Are you Colorado natives? If not, where is everyone originally from?
Facing West: We were both born in Florida where my parents met and grew up. Over the years we moved around with my dad’s work in healthcare but we always would visit Colorado during the ski season. At some point my parents decided that we should move to the mountains of Colorado so in 2012 we hit the road with the destination of Colorado in our sights.

AXS: What brought Facing West together?
Facing West: After our move here in 2012 we were taking lessons via Skype with our guitar instructor Don Russo from back east. He would encourage us to get out and play live at open mics and meet other musicians. So we found that the Muddy Buck in downtown Evergreen hosted a Thursday night open mic and the former D-Note in downtown Arvada every Monday night. So for almost a year we would perform individually our favorite cover songs until our mom asked for a duo song for Christmas of 2012. That single song “Street Corner Preacher” by Amos Lee led to many more covers together and the formation of our first band (2 Girls with Guitars).
After various festivals and concerts as 2 Girls with Guitars we started performing some of our original material. During a chance performance at Casselman’s we met Jon Bonus, a musical producer/engineer that helped us release our first CD Skyline under the new band name Facing West in 2014.

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You Don't Normally See Rockstar Sisters This Young...

Story by Elissa Koehl for USA Today - September 2, 2014

Summer is usually a laid-back time for most teenagers, but not for Caitlin and Sidney Powell. These two sisters have been using their summer vacation to fulfill their dream of becoming famous musicians.

At just 15 and 12 years old, Caitlin and Sidney are well on their way to achieving their goal. The sisters have their own acoustic band, aptly titled "Two Girls with Guitars." While each sister writes her own music, they also like to cover Top 40 hits.

Their journey technically began four years ago when both girls first started taking guitar lessons. But Caitlin confided in her mom at the young age of five that she wanted to be a rockstar when she grew up.

"I'm living out everything I ever wanted. If I could go talk to my five-year-old self I would say 'you were right, this is perfect. I'm so happy,'" says Caitlin.

After moving from Florida to Colorado two and a half years ago, the girls feel right at home in Denver. They both credit the natural beauty of Colorado as being the inspiration for many of their songs.

"Last year we had this giant drought and we had our first rainstorm. I just stood out in the rainstorm then went and wrote a song because what else would you do after that?" exclaims Sidney.

Watch the video above to hear some of their original music.

The home-schooled sisters aren't just touching those who hear their music. Parents Tom and Catrina are amazed at what their daughters are accomplishing.

"I'm so proud. The fact that they're not afraid. I'm terrified! It just blows my mind," says Catrina. But these parents are hands-on, too. They help lug equipment and serve as their "tour bus" driver, at least until older sister Caitlin can get her driver's license.

After learning valuable lessons from their first performances at restaurant open mic nights, the girls have moved on to bigger events like Denver's ComicCon and Denver RAW. And their calendar is quickly booking up.

In June, they just recorded their first CD of original music titled "Skyline." And while the girls' popularity continues to grow, they aren't letting their newfound success get to their heads. But they do admit a little more success might not be such a bad thing.

"We are going to take this as far as we can. If we get a Top 40 hit, that would be amazing," says Sidney.

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