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It’s true: I’m a Broadway baby, a Community geek chick, and a Hank Williams loving honey. I’m a huge country music fan. I know; the mind boggles. Layers, you guys, I’ve got layers. Luckily for me, this means there are several wells of inspiration I can dip into while on the hunt for funny names … and today’s hunt takes us to Nashville, Tennessee. On TV, anyway.
“Nashville” is a new television drama about folks making a living (or waiting tables and trying to make a living) in the country music industry. The cast includes a whole whack of popular actors, including Connie Britton from “Friday Night Lights” and Hayden Panettiere from “Heroes”. But the show’s two break-out stars are a pair of young Canadian songwriters – sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella.
Lennon and Maisy grew up in funny-named Oshawa, Ontario, and moved to Nashville in 2009 when their parents, country duo Brad and Marylynne Stella, got a record deal. But it turns out Mom and Dad aren’t the only talent in the family. When Maisy auditioned for “Nashville” and mentioned that she often sang with her older sister, the producers asked if they could both come in and audition together. They did – and not only did they get the job, but the roles were rewritten just for them. Here’s what one of the producers says about that decision:
We decided on the spot to change the roles to fit Maisy and Lennon’s ages. Listening to them sing literally brought tears to our eyes. I’m not just saying that. Their voices moved us to tears.
Shortly after “Nashville” started filming, a video of the girls’ covering Robyn’s hit “Call Your Girlfriend” went viral. As of last count, it’s recieved over 13 million hits on Youtube.
Oh, and have I mentioned that Lennon and Maisy are just 13 and 9 years old?!?
Which means that in addition to being all sorts of talented, these two are really, ridiculously, all sorts of adorable. My showbiz sources tell me that Maisy’s favourite show is “Full House”, and that her TV intake is pretty strictly monitored:
Are you allowed to watch Nashville?
Lennon: We are.
Maisy: No, I’m not allowed to watch the bad parts.