The Forester Sisters
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|The Forester Sisters|
|Origin||Lookout Mountain, Georgia, United States|
|Associated acts||The Bellamy Brothers|
The Forester Sisters are an American country music vocal group consisting of sisters Kathy, June, Kim and Christy Forester. The quartet had commercial success in the 1980s, charting fifteen Top Tens on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including the Number Ones "I Fell in Love Again Last Night", "Just in Case", "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes", "Too Much Is Not Enough" (with The Bellamy Brothers), and "You Again". They also released ten albums, counting a Christmas album, for the Warner Bros. Records label.
It all started for the Forester Sisters on Georgia's Lookout Mountain with a performance by Kathy and June as a duo at church. They swelled to a trio with the addition of Kim and were soon playing parties and shows in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Christy soon assumed her place in the lineup, expanding The Forester Sisters to a quartet, and they so impressed the locals that songwriters began providing them with original songs.
They headed to famed Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record a demo and the drummer at the session passed the tape along to a friend in Nashville. It ended up in the hands of a Warner Brothers executive who called the family and asked for an audition. On July 31, 1984, the group officially signed with the label and began setting new standards in country music.
Their first single, "(That's What You Do) When You're In Love," reached the Top Ten. The next one, "I Fell In Love Again Last Night," went all the way to number one. The string continued unabated for six years as The Forester Sisters became the first act to place each of their first fourteen singles in Billboard's Top Ten since the introduction of the 100-position country chart. In the process, they reeled off five number one singles including "Just In Case," "(I'd Choose) You Again," "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes," and their duet with The Bellamy Brothers, "Too Much Is Not Enough." For their efforts, they received Vocal Group of the Year honors from the Academy Of Country Music.
The sisters had their initial singing experience in church. Kathy and June, the two eldest, both took jobs as teachers after graduating from college, and sang together in a local band by night. Kim joined in 1978, and the sisters soon hit on the idea of forming their own group; after Christy finished college, Kathy and June quit their day jobs, and the foursome soon began to perform on a regular basis.
They were discovered at an arts festival by songwriters Bobby Keel and Billy Stone, who helped them record a demo that got the group signed to Warner Bros. Records on July 31, 1984; Keel and Stone also contributed "Yankee Don't Go Home" to their self-titled debut album, which appeared the following year. Their first single, "That's What You Do (When You're in Love)," reached the Top Ten, and their next three — "I Fell in Love Again Last Night", "Just in Case" and "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes" — went to number one in 1985 and 1986, respectively. Follow-up "Lonely Alone" peaked at number two. They were named Top Vocal Group at the 1986 Academy of Country Music Awards.
While the group would never equal that incredible run of success, they went on to score eight more Top Ten hits — all consecutively — through 1991, when their run came to a close with the humorous number eight hit "Men," which is actively used for the "Feminist Update" on The Rush Limbaugh Show.
After a five year hiatus they returned with 1996's Christian-themed "More Than I Am", but shortly after its release parted ways with Warner Bros. In 2002, they once again came together to record a new Christmas album released independently via their Web site. The album was co-produced by Kim Forester.
Today the foursome concentrate more on raising family. Kathy and June and have resumed teaching near their native Lookout Mountain homes. Kathy is a Music instructor and Choral Director at Northeast Alabama Community College. Kim and Christy both work in interior design in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
All studio albums released on Warner Bros. Records
|1985||The Forester Sisters||4||—|
|1986||Perfume, Ribbons & Pearls||27||—|
|A Christmas Card||66||—|
|All I Need||—||—|
|1990||Come Hold Me||54||—|
|1991||Talkin' 'Bout Men||16||137|
|1992||I Got a Date||—||—|
|1996||More Than I Am||—||—|
|1989||Greatest Hits||52||Warner Bros.|
|1994||Sunday Meetin'||—||Warner Bros/JCI|
|1997||Greatest Gospel Hits||—||Word|
|2002||New Star Shining||—||self-released|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1985||"(That's What You Do) When You're in Love"||10||—||The Forester Sisters|
|"I Fell in Love Again Last Night"||1||3|
|1986||"Just in Case"||1||2|
|"Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"||1||1|
|"Lonely Alone"||2||3||Perfume, Ribbons & Pearls|
|1987||"Too Many Rivers"||5||4||You Again|
|"Lyin' in His Arms Again"||5||5|
|"Love Will"||7||20||Sincerely / All I Need|
|"Don't You"||9||15||Greatest Hits|
|1990||"Leave It Alone"||7||6|
|"Drive South" (with The Bellamy Brothers)||63||60||Come Hold Me|
|"Nothing's Gonna Bother Me Tonight"||63||—|
|"Old Enough to Know"||—||—|
|1991||"Men"||8||14||Talkin' Bout Men|
|"Too Much Fun"||62||—|
|"That Makes One of Us"||—||—|
|"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"||—||—|
|1992||"What'll You Do About Me"||74||—||I Got a Date|
|"I Got a Date"||58||68|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1986||"Too Much Is Not Enough"||The Bellamy Brothers||1||1||Country Rap|
|1985||"I Fell in Love Again Last Night"||Paula Walker|
|1992||"I Got a Date"||Wayne Miller|
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- "CMT : Videos : Forester Sisters : Men". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
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- "Billboard - Jul 25, 1992". Retrieved 2012-01-01.