Since releasing their debut, The Real Thing, in 2008, The Higgins have made an impressive mark on the Canadian country music scene. Nominated for Roots Artist of the Year and Group or Duo of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards, and winning six BC Country Music Awards in 2008 and three more in 2009, The Higgins have quickly become one of British Columbia’s most successful country artists.
Country music has a long and steady history of embracing family acts. From The Everly Brothers and The Rankin Family to two of the three Dixie Chicks, family bands remain a consistent and influential part of the country music scene. Raised by a working dad and stay-at-home mom in rural B.C., in a family of seven children with no cable TV, there was always plenty of music around the Higgins’ household and plenty of time to indulge in it. From an early age, Kathleen, Eileen and John were performing a’capella at parties and community events. The trio has always had an innate ability to create wistful harmonies, drawing on and influenced by their family’s Irish roots. It’s those unmistakable, organic harmonies, combined with the band’s ability to incorporate traditional influences with modern, pop-country songwriting that anchor The Higgins’ signature sound.
Kathleen, Eileen and John Higgins have grown as artists since releasing their debut and that growth is evident with each new track on their forthcoming album. Having toured the country and worked in Nashville with some of country music’s most dynamic songwriters, including Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Pam Rose (Martina McBride, Reba and Emmylou Harris), Deric Ruttan, Kaci Bolls and Bruce Wallace, The Higgins’ new album showcases their maturity and confidence in spades. With a release date set for spring 2010 and the new single, “Free Like Love,” hitting country radio in January, The Higgins will continue to impress fans, new and old.