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Sonflowerz sisters bloom after years of ministry Print Email
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Thursday, 11 December 2008 04:29 PM America/New_York

The Sonflowerz—a Colorado-based sibling duo—has been playing music for nearly 10 years, but only recently signed a record deal. The pair’s debut, All Over the World (8-94228-00172-3, Avista Records), which was independently financed prior to signing the deal, will be distributed by Provident-Integrity beginning this month.

Sisters Elissa Leander, 25, and Becca Leander, 23, are daughters of a lay worship leader who has always had guitars lying around. Following in their father’s footsteps, the two led worship for their church’s youth group in Colorado Springs, Colo., and eventually began playing throughout the state, and, ultimately, Great Britain, their mother‘s homeland.

But the dominoes really started to fall after the duo won awards at the Gospel Music Association’s “Music in the Rockies” competition last summer, taking home trophies for best vocal duo and overall vocal group. Since then, the pair has recorded its first serious album, scored a record deal and has seen several singles show up on the Christian radio charts.

The girls sing radio-friendly pop that sounds a bit like Point of Grace, meaning their album will appeal to adult contemporary fans. But it should also attract younger audiences, in part because of age, but also because some of their songs, especially the title track, have a bit of a Hillsong vibe.

So far, the Sonflowerz have survived on talent, pluck and faith. They hope more good things are ahead.

“It’s definitely day-by-day, having faith the Lord will provide,” Elissa Leander said. “We’re not trying to make it big. … We’re just saying, ‘God, we want to be used by You.’ ”

To order All Over the World, visit, or call 800-333-9000.