Alexa is blonde, and Natalee is a brunette.
Other than that, the Falk sisters celebrate their similarities in perfect harmony.
Alexa, 22, is a singer-songwriter who is joined by 21-year-old Natalee in the Logan-based folk duo Falk. Both trade lead singing duties, and each sings harmonies, plays guitar and the piano.
Within the last year, the recent Utah State grads were named National Ambassadors for the National Eating Disorders Awarenesss (NEDA) organization. have traveled all over the country peforming at NEDA events, with their award-winning song “Deadly Beauty” becoming an anthem for families with daughters or sons struggling with eating disorders
Now, the two are recording an album with award-winning record producer Jason Deere, who has produced albums for the Nashville Tribute Band and Katharine Jenkins, among many others.
Each sister answered questions posed by The Tribune about sisterhood, songwriting, and things you can’t say on a nude beach.
Sisters can have a love-hate relationship. How do you describe your relationship?
A: Natalee and I are definitely each other’s best friend. I would say that we experienced the “love-hate” kind of relationship when we were much younger, but now we get along for the most part. We have experienced life in a way the only each other can relate to because of our up-bringing in the entertainment business. We are extremely close.
N: There is definitely a rocky road when it comes to sibling relationships in general, but we’ve learned that if there’s one person we want in our corner at the end of the day, it’s each other. We are best friends, and that’s what makes working (and playing) together so much fun. We couldn’t imagine doing it alone. Our relationship is a mirror of what we both need to work on individually. It’s helpful because we trust each other to be honest enough to tell each other the aspects about ourselves that could use some improving to become better and happier people.
What inspires you -- or rather, what does not inspire you?
A: Inspiration for me means “in-spirit.” I’m most inspired when I’m connected with myself on all levels. When I am [connected], I find it any and everywhere. It’s in an honest conversation, a first kiss, good movie scene that gives you chills, a beautiful piece of art, a kitten. Inspiration is everywhere. Life is inspiring. You just can’t overlook all of its small moments.
N: The things that inspire us are an [on an] endless list. It could be a thought, something we see throughout the day, an experience, a memory, seeing the possibility in our future, other artists before us, a piece of music or acts of kindness.
What is the best song you have ever written, and why?
A: The best song I’ve ever written is always the one I’m currently writing. I always like to grow as an artist, and try to out-do myself. I can’t really say that I have a “best” song, because each one is so unique to the experience that gave birth to it. Picking the most “successful” song is one thing, but picking the best is like asking a mother which one of her children is her favorite. I can’t really answer it, because I truly love them all.
N: It’s hard to compare bests, favorites, et cetera. because they are all an aspect of our life experiences. Two we would say that we are proud of are songs called “Deadly Beauty” and “Fall Into Me.” Deadly Beauty was written by Alexa when she was 16 years old. It’s the story of her personal struggle with an eating disorder and what it can lead to. We’re now ambassadors for NEDA and this is an example of something so painful that turned into a big blessing. Every time I listen to “Fall Into Me,” I feel so connected. The song is about complete surrender and knowing that everything will be alright because we’re never truly alone.
What are your most memorable musical experiences?
A: There are so many. I guess I would have to say that my most memorable musical experiences would have to be the first time I recorded one of my own songs, and the first time I performed “Deadly Beauty” at a NEDA walk. I was 8 when I won the Utah’s Songwriters Guild Award for the first time. “When I look Into Your Eyes” was the title of the song, and later that year I had won the “Star Mania” competition where the prize was to fly to Nashville and record a CD. Hearing the musicians take something that began as an idea in my head, and bring it life, was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had. Bringing a song to life is the most incredible creation process that I can imagine, and every time we get into the studio that feeling comes back. It truly never gets old. The other aspect to creating music is sharing it. That’s where my other most memorable musical experience comes to mind. My sister Natalee and I were invited to perform our song “Deadly Beauty” at the 2011 NEDA walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Watching as the song’s lyrics resonated with the audience was so overwhelming. People weren’t just crying, but sobbing. They were hugging each other, singing along, and almost everyone had their camera out filming us sing. It was in that moment I had realized that I created something much bigger than me. Afterwards the in-person response was surreal. I’d never experienced that kind of a connection with an audience before, and it was a high I can’t explain. It was that performance that allowed us to become Ambassadors for NEDA. (National Eating Disorders Association)
N: There have been some highlight moments that we often reflect on. Opening for the SHeDAISY at the Karl Malone Foundation event, winning a competition called “Starmania” to record our first CD at 6 and 8; living partly in Utah, partly in Nashville; going to [Country Music Association’s]Fan Fair while recording our album with Jason Deere; performing on “The Jenny Jones Show” when we were 9 and 10 years old; receiving royalty checks from our hit songs in Brazil; traveling to Sweden to record our “Faces Without Names “album, going to the 2006 Video Music Awards as guest artists and hanging out with all the celebrities backstage; going on an East Coast tour called “Camplified” and living on the road for a few months; singing our song ‘Deadly Beauty’ for the first time on the Morning Zoo on 97.1 ZHT; creating Falk; signing as ambassadors; and performing at several NEDA walks around the country. And now creating our dream album as Falk and being able to see our life’s work of experience and our vision coming together.
Do you watch shows such as “American Idol,” “The Voice” or “The X-Factor”?
A: No. To be honest I can’t stand any of those shows. I’m not really a fan of watching people criticize other people’s dreams.
N: We don’t. We had an experience on a show kind of similar to these, and there are a lot of things involved for the entertainment value of things and it’s often at the expense of other people. I do commend those kinds of shows for providing a platform and opportunity for some truly talented artists, though. I just like a break from the whole music industry thing because that’s what I live. In my spare time, I like watching “Friday Night Lights” and “The Real Housewives.”
What fan-made signs would you like to see held up at one of your shows?
A: “F.M.L” (Falk. My. Life) “Let’s get Falked.”“I want to Meet The Falkers.” “Falk Me!”“Best Falking of my life!” Basically, our fans have a lot of “Falking” fun with our last name .
N: I don’t think it would be a bad thing to get a few marriage proposals.We always saw those crazy fans at the concerts we went to, so that for us is when you are big-time.
How did you start making and performing music together?
A: Our mom was the first person to realize that we were musically inclined. She put us in singing classes, and it just went on from there. It seems like we were literally born into it. We were harmonizing and performing anywhere we could by the time we were 2 and 4 years old. We really don’t know of a life without music
N: It was my mom that discovered our talent. She put us in singing groups when we were little, then private lessons, competitions, et cetera. One day Alexa started writing music at the age of 8 years old ... We met and started working with Nashville producer Jason Deere. We created an album of original songs with him, and the next thing we know, we have 5 platinum hits, 3 of which went No. 1 in Brazil. That’s when we really became a part of the music business and what kind of catapulted us into this career.
Can you still say “Put it where the sun don’t shine “ on a nude beach?
A: If you could. I’m not sure I’d want to.
N: Freedom of speech. I guess you can now, can’t you?
Why do British people never sound British when they sing?
A: I have no idea. When some country artists sing, you can definitely hear the southern drawl. All I know is that when Natalee and I do Beatles impressions we overdo it and make damn sure we sound like Brits. I personally think they should accentuate their accents.
N: We’ve been wondering that ourselves about Australians, too.