Question: What does Jonny Lang, Lynn Anderson, Peggy Lee, Wiz Khalifa and Tigirlily have in common? Answer: all are natives of North Dakota.
But before there was a Country music-duo named Tigirlily (pronounced Tie-Girl-Lilly), it was simply Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh; sisters, 2 ½ years apart. The two sisters grew up in a home where singing was encouraged. The two girls learned early how to harmonize with each other. Taking a cue from a few of their musical influences – The Chicks, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts – Kendra and Krista effortlessly blend their voices to create rich and robust harmonies.
In 2013, at the ages of 16 (Kendra) and 14 (Krista), the two sisters made the decision to pursue singing, songwriting and performing full time. With that Tigirlily, the band taking its name from the ‘Tiger Lily’ flower that grew in the garden of the girls’ childhood home, was now born.
While Tigirlily was touring the Midwest throughout the mid-2010s, they were also embracing online platforms like YouTube, performing and posting their songs, showcasing their talent, and connecting with their ever-growing fanbase in a different way. After three years crisscrossing the Dakota’s, Montana, and Minnesota, in 2017 Tigirlily relocated from North Dakota to their new home of Nashville, TN. The band quickly landed a weekly residence performing at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row where they would see their fans, who were not residents of Nashville, showing up in throngs to see the duo perform live in the flesh.
Just as Tigirlily had previously done in their early days, they were now utilizing additional online technology to engage with their fans, such as TikTok. As the platform of TikTok continued to grow, so did Tigirlily. The band amassed over 380,000 followers on their own in addition to becoming members of The615House where TikTok-Nashville artists come together and collaborate in videos for their 600,000 followers.
Tigirlily continued to tour and perform live, both in Nashville and throughout the Midwest, Northwest and Southeast. By the end of 2019 Tigirlily had played over 130 shows to close out the year, including opening slots for LeAnn Rimes, Big and Rich, Justin Moore and Chris Janson.
Tigirlily spent the spring of 2020 much like the rest of the world, at home. In May 2020 both Kendra and Krista graduated with Honors from Belmont University. Tigirlily closed out 2020 by being included in a global campaign with Kedsâ shoes for their fall/winter 2020 campaign titled “Progress: Whatever That Means." The campaign featuring women entrepreneurs from all over the world, including Tigirlily as trailblazers in the music industry.
Their 2021 single release for "Somebody Does" earned Tigirlily the #1 spot on both the iTunes Country AND All-Genres song sales charts! They also recently announced they've signed a record deal with Monument Records.
With new music on the way, and Tigirlily ready to hit the road, these sisters from North Dakota will continue to trailblaze.