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Ella & Sienna Release First Single Since Groundwater KIX-Start Win

28 October 2022 | 9:54 am | Mallory Arbour

'The City in July' is out now!

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2022 Groundwater KIX-Start competition winners, Ella & Sienna have released their first single since taking home the title. The City in July merges pop-rock energy with the vibe and heartfelt lyrics reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s Folklore and Evermore albums.

Ella said, “This track is a different sound to our other singles and, as artists, we love to cross-genre and show a variety of styles.”

Drawing on inspiration from their pop, country and folk influences, the intricately layered, deeply emotional and anthemic track sounds like falling in love. The production is the work of ARIA and Golden Guitar winning producer Matt Fell.

“It was actually a last-minute decision to record The City In July,” Ella said. “Sienna had been playing the opening piano melody for weeks, so it ended up stuck in our heads!”

“The night before one of our recording sessions we decided to record an extra song. At this stage we hadn’t finished writing The City In July, so we sat down that evening with a guitar we found hanging on the wall of Matt’s Airbnb. It only had three strings! And we wrote the bridge. We recorded the song the very next day and now it is one of our favourite tracks we’ve written.”

The new track follows on from the success of their two previous singles, Next To Mine and Saved, which featured on radio stations across the country and airplay and sales charts. Their debut single, Next to Mine, spent an impressive 8 weeks in the Countrytown Hot 50 Country Airplay Chart, peaking at #32. Both singles were added to high rotation on ABC Country Radio, and music video for Saved has been recently added to high rotation on CMT.

Persistence has certainly paid off for Ella & Sienna who this year were finalists on The Voice Australia. The sisters from Adelaide Hills, South Australia are only 19 and 16 years old respectively and they're already making waves in the country music scene. While juggling typical teen commitments like university, high school, work and sports, the girls have been working tirelessly in the studio and on stage, perfecting their sound and people are taking notice. With even the chart-topping pop singer and judge Rita Ora declaring "their vocal blend is impeccable".

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With diverse influences from artists including Missy Higgins, Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Swift, the multi-instrumentalist siblings have formed a pop/country/folk sound that is all their own. Ella & Sienna's voices alone command the crowd, and their harmonies weave deeply heartfelt lyrics with such effortlessness that they never fail to leave a lasting impression.

As the recently announced winners of the 2022 Groundwater KIX Start competition, the duo will perform at the Groundwater Festival this weekend in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, followed by a single launch tour starting at the Adelaide UniBar November 4th.


Keep up to date with Ella & Sienna on their Facebook page here