Sibling Rivalry, the acoustic country duo consisting of brother and sister Olivia (16) and Mitchell Butaud(20), is releasing FIRST LIGHT on Friday, August 21, 2015 The six-track debut EP, produced by Shane Stevens and Neeki Bey will be available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.
FIRST LIGHT features songs co-written by the siblings alongside notable writers including Stevens, Joanna Cotten, Ken Johnson andMaria Christensen. The EP’s premier single, “Home” is a touching tale of homelessness featuring a video that brings attention to the plight of homeless animals. In a generous act of charity, Sibling Rivalry is donating personal proceeds from the sale of “Home” to the Cesar Millan Foundation and its efforts to promote animal welfare worldwide.
“We’re excited to be releasing FIRST LIGHT,” Olivia exclaimed. “With it being an acoustic recording, we hope that fans will enjoy hearing our music in its simplest form and really focus on the songs themselves.”
“FIRST LIGHT has been a while in the making and I am excited to finally release it for everyone to enjoy,” Mitchell stated. “We worked with some of the best writers in Nashville and LA on these songs and are very proud of this record.”
Olivia and Mitchell, who reside outside of Houston, have been writing and performing together since 2011. The pair caught the attention of Nashville’s elite and now, with more to say, and an audience ripe for a change in the genre’s direction, Sibling Rivalry is working harder than ever to promote their musicianship.
FIRST LIGHT is an organic, stripped down effort showcasing Olivia‘s command of a song and unique vocal flair while Mitchell brings fullness by singing harmony and playing guitar. A reflection of their growth as individuals, and as artists, this zesty take on life, love, and society challenges the boundaries of current country music and reinforces their shared dreams of success.
Sibling Rivalry has worked with and been mentored by noted industry members Jake McKim (Manager, A&R Representative known for his work with Beyonce, Solange, and Maddie & Tae),Tom McKinney (Vocal Coach for Demi Lovato, Maddie & Tae,Glee‘s Kevin McHale and others) as well as Stevens, a prolific songwriter and producer (he has written for and worked with such artists as LadyAntebellum, Carrie Underwood, Sarah Evans,Jesse McCartney, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee and more). The duo is spending this summer in Nashville immersing themselves in the local songwriting scene.
First Light Track List
“Always You” (Butaud / Butaud / Shane Stevens)
“Hello Mr. Goodbye” (Butaud / Butaud / Shane Stevens)
“Home” (Butaud / Butaud / Joanna Cotten/ Ken Johnson)
“Thing About Love” (Butaud / Butaud / Shane Stevens)
- “Little Black Dress” (Butaud / Butaud / Shane Stevens/ Maria Christensen)
“Natural Thing” (featuring Shane Stevens) (Butaud / Butaud / Shane Stevens/ Maria Christensen)