The Kinleys

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The Kinleys
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Country
Years active 1997–2005
Labels Epic, Identical
Associated acts Russ Zavitson
Past members Heather Kinley
Jennifer Kinley

The Kinleys was an American country music duo composed of identical twin sisters Heather and Jennifer Kinley, born November 5, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between 1997 and 2000, they recorded two albums for the Epic Records label (1997's Just Between You and Me and 2001's II), also charting eight singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in that timespan. A third album, All in the Family, was issued in 2004 on the independent Identical label.

Biography[edit]

Having started out on Al Alberts' Showcase, a televised talent show from the Philadelphia area, the twins moved to Nashville at the age of 19.[1] After five years of training and practicing, they caught the attention of talent scouts and were signed with Epic Records. Their debut album Just Between You and Me was issued in late 1997, producing a No. 7 hit on the Billboard country singles charts in its lead-off single "Please".[2] This song was followed by the album's title track at No. 12, although the next two singles both fell short of Top 40. Just Between You and Me was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Its commercial success led to a tour with Clint Black and a radio programmers' showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also won the Academy of Country Music's 1997 award for Top New Vocal Duo/Group.[3]

The duo also recorded the song "Somebody's Out There Watching", which was used on the TV soundtrack album for the show Touched by an Angel. Released as a single in 1998, it reached Top 20 on the country charts.[3] After it came the non-album single "My Heart Is Still Beating". The duo did not release another single until "She Ain't the Girl for You", the first single from their second album, II. This album also produced a minor single in "I'm In", which peaked at number 35 on the country charts. Ten years later, Keith Urban released a cover of this song, which went to number 2.[3] Half of II was produced by Tony Haselden and Russ Zavitson, with whom the duo worked on their first album, while singer-songwriter Radney Foster (who also co-wrote "I'm In") produced the other half.[4]

After II, the Kinleys exited Epic's roster, as "neither enjoyed life on the road one bit" and both had wanted to start families.[3] They self-released their third and final album, All in the Family, in 2004 before disbanding.

Personal lives[edit]

Both sisters married in 2000, seven months apart: Heather to Mark Mendenhall, and Jennifer to Adam Hughes. Both sisters each have two sons, and Heather has a stepdaughter and stepson.[3] Jennifer now works as a registered nurse in Nashville, and sings in a Nashville church whose music is led by former MCA Records artist Lionel Cartwright.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[5]
US
[6]
US
Heat

[7]
CAN Country
[8]
Just Between You and Me 22 153 6 32
II
  • Release date: July 18, 2000
  • Label: Epic Nashville
18 177 10
All in the Family
  • Release date: August 3, 2004
  • Label: Identical Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[10]
US
[11]
CAN Country
[12]
1997 "Please" 7 67 22 Just Between You and Me
"Just Between You and Me" 12 122 9
1998 "Dance in the Boat" 49 84
"You Make It Seem So Easy" 48 44
"Somebody's Out There Watching" 19 64 23 Touched by an Angel: The Album
1999 "Lovers" II
"My Heart Is Still Beating" 63 N/A
2000 "She Ain't the Girl for You" 34 48 II
"I'm In" 35 *
2001 "You're Still Here" *
2004 "Little Shoulders" * All in the Family
2005 "I Will" *
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 "Please" Chris Rogers
"Just Between You and Me" Thom Oliphant
1998 "Somebody's Out There Watching" Jim Shea
1999 "My Heart Is Still Beating"
2000 "She Ain't the Girl for You" Adolfo Doring
"I'm In" Eric Welch
2005 "I Will" Flick Wiltshire

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Result
1997 Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Duo or Group[13] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeLuca, Dan (1 October 1997). "The Kinleys Double-team Country Scene The Sisters Grew Up In The Phila. Area. Theirs Is A Harmonic Bond.". Philly.com. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Kinleys Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stark, Phyllis (January 7, 2013). "A Sister Act: The Kinleys had it all, then bravely walked away.". Country Weekly 20 (1): 46–47. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  4. ^ Waddell, Ray (June 17, 2000). "The Kinleys Expand Sound on Epic's 'II'". Billboard: 41. 
  5. ^ "The Kinleys Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Kinleys Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "allmusic (((The Kinleys > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Allmusic. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Albums/CDs". RPM. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - September 15, 2010: The Kinleys certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Kinleys Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Kinleys Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "The Kinleys Awards". Country Music Television. Retrieved 14 November 2012.