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On the Redpath to success

Redpath, made up of Torie, Lauren and Ali Redpath, is a country-folk family band. Their first original album, "American Made," was released July 1.

Growing up, Lauren, Torie and Ali Redpath could always be found singing.

"Our mom taught us all how to sing at a young age," Lauren said. "We grew up learning to sing together."

Years later, the three women joined forces and formed a band together -- Redpath.

Lauren, of Stillwater, is the oldest of the sisters. Torie, of Woodbury, is the trio's middle sister, and Ali, of White Bear Lake, is the youngest.

"Singing with my sisters was really rewarding," Torie said. "Our blend just comes natural, plus it's just amazing to be able to sing with my own blood."

Redpath will be celebrating the release of their first-ever original album, "American Made," at 7 p.m. July 28 with an album-release concert at East Ridge High School's Loft Stage.

"We put a lot of energy into the album and we just want to showcase what we've done," Lauren said. "We love to celebrate."

"Nothing is more exciting than seeing the Loft enjoyed by the entire community," said East Ridge theater director, and Loft Stage coordinator, Amanda Hestwood.

A sisterly bond

Even though all three members of Redpath have been singing together for years, they officially became a group three years ago when Ali, the youngest sister, finished college.

Lauren and Torie studied singing at McNally Smith College of Music and Ali studied actual science and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

"I love singing with my sisters. They are my best friends," Lauren said.

Being a family band also has its challenges too, Lauren said.

"Since we're family, you don't have that filter, and we just say whatever is on our mind," she said. "We had to find a way to act professional with each other."

Redpath describes its style as vocal-centered, but with a blend of country-folk, acoustic and pop.

"It's really a blend of styles," Lauren said. "It's really a unique sound that's ours."

Lauren said some of Redpath's inspirations include the Eagles, Allison Krause and Mindy Smith.

Even though none of them grew up listening to country, Lauren and Torie said they were drawn to the country style because it fit well with their voices and allowed them to tell stories through their music.

Lauren writes all of Redpath's original songs.

"I love the storytelling aspect of country," Lauren said. "It's all about real life experiences, and that fit in with our personalities."

Lauren said she turns to everything for inspiration for her songs -- relationships, friendships, life experiences and just things that are important to her.

"We try to keep our songs positive," Lauren said, "songs that people can relate to."

Redpath said their favorite part of music is the ability to express themselves and relate to people.

"I love how music reaches people," Lauren said. "It's really fun to see how your music impacts people."

"I love relating to others," Torie said.

Taking the show on the road

Even though "American Made" is Redpath's first original album, it's not their first-ever studio album. Redpath has a Christmas album that they released previously.

"We decided to just keep the momentum going," Lauren said.

"American Made" was released July 1 and was recorded in St. Paul.

"We love our product," Torie said. "I'm so excited to get that CD out there and into people's homes."

The majority of the year, Redpath can be found touring.

During the winter months, Redpath had been performing Christmas music at churches throughout the Twin Cities.

During the summer and fall, the band hits the road where it plays various outdoor festivals and celebrations in communities throughout the Twin Cities such as Eagan, Maple Grove, St. Louis Park and even the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

"We haven't been in Woodbury yet, but we hope to get Woodbury someday," Lauren said. "We're just really trying to grow our fan base right now."

The women said they are hoping to expand their fan base and start moving outside of Minnesota.

"One of my biggest role models is Lorie Line because I just love what she's done with her career," Lauren said. "I would love to get to that level."

Torie said she hopes that Redpath is able to do what they love everyday.

"I would love to see us making a decent living," she said. "I would love to be able to do what we love for a living and live that way.

"I'm hoping for it, I'm praying for it."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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