- THE STORY OF THE SIN SISTERS BAND
With a repertoire that ranges from swing to Motown to classic rock to Top 40 tunes; with a chemistry so perfect that it could never be replicated in a lab; with its sophisticated vocal arrangements and high standard of musicianship, the Sin Sisters Band can do it all.
It was in 1988 that Janice Ingarra, Kathy Kessler, and Patti Rahl, having been released from 12 years of a strict Catholic school education, experienced a moment of divine revelation—a “once in a lifetime moment,” Janice has maintained—a moment when they heard the rich, honeyed tones issuing forth from the pitch-perfect harmonies of their three voices. So long, farewell, nuns. Hello, Sin Sisters.
Over the next two decades, first as part of the Bobby and the Angels, then with the Spectacles, the Sin Sisters further developed their crowd-pleasing style, from sharing the stage with legendary acts—among others, NRBQ, The Rascals, and Lou Christie; to playing at celebrated rock clubs like Toad’s Place and Cafe Nine, and appearing as weather personality Scot Haney’s “Santa Sisters” for his primetime Christmas show.
This, in addition to accompanying Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman of Saturday Night Live fame, contributing to her 2003 CD Strip and her critically acclaimed 2011 Live Hive, as well as performing at parties, festivals, and countless weddings.
- THE FORMATION OF THE BAND AND ITS MEMBERS
It was as a natural result of their success and growing fan base that the Sin Sisters a few years ago decided to form their own band. Reuniting with the girls from their earliest days: bass guitarist Donnie Rahl (husband of Sin Sister Patti) whose reputation as an immensely talented and versatile musician, singer, songwriter, and arranger ranges statewide and beyond.
There’s also Ricky Jordan on lead guitar, lending his Berklee College of Music-trained expertise, along with his incomparable chops and sweet smile, to the mix. And internationally renowned drummer Bobby T Torello, who’s backed such celebrated stars as Johnny Winter, Grace Slick, and Michael Bolton.
THE BAND’S SURGE IN POPULARITY
Since its formation, the Sin Sisters Band has been on a steady rise. Last April, they performed at The Kate in Old Saybrook and this summer returned to the Branford Festival. They also made inaugural appearances at Clinton’s Pierson Gazebo, at the Marine Corps Ball at the Aqua Turf Club, and at the Madison Beach Hotel. And this spring the band has been tapped to perform at the Victory Ball in Westport to benefit ALS.
True to their name, the Sin Sisters through the years have committed a venial sin or two. Dancing, for example. Reveling, too. And a devout commitment to fun. But here’s the thing. Find someone whose life hasn’t been brightened by their singular sound, who hasn’t laughed out loud at their wry, impromptu on-stage banter. Or, better yet, just check them out for yourself. You won’t be sorry.