Welcome to The DeLearys website!
The DeLearys have harmonizing magic, an amazing blend that can only be found in siblings. Raised in North Carolina, they are Southern girls at heart but their heritage is based in tribal membership of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in Ontario Canada. The DeLearys are made up of two sisters, 19 year old Lauren and Brooke who is 16. They are also best friends, and you can feel the laughter in their music when they perform. The girls grew up inspired by the Barlow Girls, Rachel Lampa, Kelly Clarkson, and greats such as Journey and Michael Jackson. They had the honor of opening for Natalie Grant, another award winning mentor to the girls, in the fall of 2012. Their unique sound is – Soft Rock/Pop with a touch of southern charm, based in their strong faith in Jesus Christ.
The DeLeary girls grew up serving God at an early age. Their first mission trip was to Kenya for one month when the girls were 4 and 7. Since then they have been back to Kenya, Nicaragua several times, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and the Ukraine. Their home always hosted “an extra” needing a place to stay, and there were always a couple pictures of the children the family sponsored on the refrigerator. “We visited nursing homes and served in the local woman’s homeless shelter “ (Brooke) “Because of our upbringing I always understood that this world was temporary and we only have one chance to take a stand and make a difference” (Lauren) In addition to hands on loving the people, the girls contribution naturally revolved around worship and singing.
Lauren and Brooke performed independently of each other growing up: acting, singing, dancing, writing music and honing their craft as musicians. Lauren plays bass and keyboard and Brooke plays guitar, drums and keys. In early 2010 at age 16 and 13 they realized the blessings of their combined gifts and have been on a roll ever since! Knowing they wanted to glorify the Lord with their music they still struggled with the direction their music should take. “We despeartely desired to be the light in the darkness and have people who would not normally listen to Christian music say, ‘hey – I love their sound, I want to learn more about them’, and discover Christ is the process.” What they realized is they could not keep silent about where their strength, joy and hope came from. “When I kept silent my bones wasted away”. (Psalm 32:3) “We felt like we were saying “stand strong”, “believe”, “know you are beautiful” yet not giving the full remedy. We have a huge passion and burden for all people, but especially for our generation, to understand that being a Christian is the most fun, abundant life of freedom anyone can experience.” Recently they committed to the Lord to not just sing for Him, but to sing about Him, and their song writing has risen to new heights. They seek to encourage and strengthen the believers and share hope to a broken world that does not know the joy of His salvation.
Lauren and Brooke have been writing in Nashville with hit songwriters like Kirsti Manna, who penned Blake Shelton’s smash hit, “Austin”, and now many others. Lauren is a BMI writer and publisher and Brooke has her writing and publishing with ASCAP. Their first EP, “I’m Out” was to showcase their skills as more than just singer/songwriters, as the girls also played all the instruments on the EP with the exception of strings by Chris Carmichael. That project was produced by Bill Warner (Warnerworks.net). The DeLearys single, off that EP, “Voiceless” was inspired by Zahra Baker, a victim of child abuse ending in a horrific murder. The DeLearys recorded the song and have appeared at countless events, challenging their audiences to “be the voice of the Voiceless”, those like Zahra, and others of our society who for various reasons have no voice of their own. The girls have appeared on the NBC Charlotte Today Show, Memphis Fox 2 News, St. Louis KPLR and Fox 2 News performing “Voiceless” and other originals. They have toured the East Coast with stops in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Missouri, Minnesota and back to Tennessee. Currently, Lauren is a junior at Belmont University where she is also a stylist for many photo shoots and ensembles. Brooke is a home-schooled junior in High School. Their focus is writing more music for their upcoming full length CD they will begin recording in the fall of 2013.
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What instruments do you play?
Lauren: keyboard and bass guitar are my primary instruments but I’m working on guitar. I am an awesome beat boxer ha-ha
Brooke: drums since I was 7 years old and acoustic guitar, keyboard and ukulele.
Lauren: I love shopping at Good Will, I am hypoglycemic, love organic foods and I am a whopping 5’3”
Brooke: I enjoy all sports, I love buttered noodles and popcorn and I am 5’ 6” and growing. I may be the younger sister but I am NOT the little sister. Ha-ha
Lauren: I am afraid of lightening bugs, and loud noises (vacuums, hand dryers, and leaf blowers)
Brooke: I get freaked out when people chase me upstairs…aka usually Lauren!
Lauren: The Mountains, Kenya and anywhere there is a gentle breeze
Brooke: The beach and on a boat. I love the wind in my hair. I would own a motorcycle, but our daddy calls them donor-cycles!
Lauren: Rachel Lampa, Idina Menzel, Beyonce, Britt Nicole, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson
Brooke: Barlow Girl, Hawk Nelson, Superchik, Kelly Clarkson, Journey. Lauren – “we both cross over our influences. We listened to a lot of the same music as we sang into our hairbrushes sharing a room.”
Who is your Hero?
Lauren: God, Daddy, Matt (little bro), and Ruth Graham Bell
Brooke: God and my sister (oh wait….is she going to read this?)
Outside of Music what do you do?
Lauren: I’m a Zumba instructor and love to dance. I used to act; my favorite role was Eponine in Les Miz. I am a junior at Belmont University (yes, I started college at age 16. No, I am not that smart, just very determined. Ha-ha) I am a stylist for Travis Ball photography and for Belmont’s ensemble “Phoenix” love my Ethos Church family in Nashville.
Brooke: I am homeschooled in 11th grade living in NC and travel back and forth to Nashville every other week. I also used to act and dance but I love sitting with my guitar writing music. I have a great youth group at my Harvest Bible Chapel in NC and I’m learning to play tennis in my not so spare time.
What is a favorite family memory?
Lauren: Christmas is always special at our house, but I love our family mission trips to Africa. It developed a passion for missions and a deep love for Africa for me
Brooke: I agree with Lauren, holidays at our house are always a blast. We always go to a Life Action family camp in Michigan in the summer. I have great memories there.
Do you ever fight?
Lauren: Hahaha, Well we are sisters, but not much actually. Usually it is because I am being bossy or Brooke is being lazy and we are both over it in just a few minutes
Brooke: This is probably true, but we are best friends and I can’t imagine being without her.
Advice for Aspiring Artists
Don’t ever give up on your dreams, write like crazy, keep journals of music, sing and play anywhere they will let you. Encourage and help other artists, it’s a journey not a competition. Accept and desire harsh critiquing – but never let anyone tell you – you can’t. Be true to yourself. Don’t try to become someone. Be the best you, you can be! Wow, we could go on for a while here!
Lauren: We each have two. “Amateurs practice till they get it right; Professionals practice till they can’t get it wrong” (idk who said it – but so true!) AND “Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God.” J. Hudson Taylor
Brooke: “Don’t eat breakfast on your guitar” Bill Warner AND “Modest is Hottest” I don’t know who said it, but it’s true!
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
“And we know that is all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“Do not fear for I am with you, Do not be dismayed for I am your God, I will help you and strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10
“He must become greater, I must become less” – Brooke’s life verse.