Multi-instrumentalist sisters Leah and Chloe Smith lead the American musical group Rising Appalachia. In 2005, they decided one afternoon to record their first album in the basement studio of friend, Leah and Chloe. Although meant as a gift for family and friends, the album received such incredible support and recognition that they made the decision to officially start the band Rising Appalachia. Their first four albums where wholly self produced and self funded. For the fifth album, Filthy Dirty South, they raised alls the funds needed on Kickstarter within a month.
Rising Appalachia has chosen to remain independent of mainstream music. Theirs is a personal interpretation of Appalachian music, bringing together folk, classical, some southern gospel, with a dash of hip-hop. It’s new and fresh, with universal appeal, and they’ve found a global audience. Leah and Chloe have performed throughout the United States, and have graced stages around the world in Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, India, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Scotland.
Rising Appalachia was voted “Atlanta’s Best Folk Act” by the Creative Loafing and “Green Album of the Year” by the Huffington Post. They have been written about in Paste Magazine, Performer Magazine, The New York Times, Dirty Linen, Sing Out, Anti-Gravity, Maverick and more.
Rising Appalachia is more than music. They’re a cause for youth and creative expression. The Rise Collective embodies youth education, sound workshops, aerial performance, poetics, fire spinning, yoga and meditation and acro-yoga.