Tegan and Sara
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|Tegan and Sara|
Tegan and Sara post-concert at the Hillside Festival in 2014
|Genres||pop, indie pop, indie folk, synthpop|
|Labels||Vapor, Sire, Warner Bros.|
Tegan and Sara are a Canadian pop duo formed in 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin. Both musicians are songwriters and play guitar and keyboards.
- 1 History
- 2 Personal lives
- 3 Touring
- 4 Band members
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
1997–2003: Backgrounds and early work
Tegan and Sara began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15, forming a band called Plunk without a drummer or bass player. In 1997, they used their school’s recording studio to record two demo albums: Who's in Your Band? and Play Day. In 1998, they won Calgary's "Garage Warz" competition, using the studio time they won to record their first professional demo, Yellow tape, which was followed by Orange tape and Red tape.
In 1999, they released their debut album Under Feet Like Ours independently under the name "Sara and Tegan". Two songs from Red tape appeared on the album, and two from Orange tape. They later changed their name to "Tegan and Sara" because it was more memorable and their first album was later reprinted under the name Tegan and Sara. In 1999 they signed with Neil Young's Vapor Records and they released This Business of Art through them in 2000. They have toured extensively since then. In 2002, the band released their third album If It Was You. Their fourth album, So Jealous, was released in 2004 and led to wider success and attention, both locally and internationally. This album was released through both Vapor and Sanctuary. One track off the album, "Walking with a Ghost", was covered by The White Stripes, who released it on their Walking with a Ghost EP.
2007–2011: Mainstream success
Their 2007 album, The Con, was released by Vapor and Sire because Sanctuary chose to no longer release new music in the United States. The album was co-produced by Chris Walla. Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Sharp of The Rentals and previously Weezer, Hunter Burgan of AFI, and Kaki King all appeared and collaborated on the album.
On October 27, 2009, Tegan and Sara released their sixth album Sainthood, produced by Chris Walla and Howard Redekopp. The duo also put out a three-volume book set titled ON, IN, AT, which is a collection of stories, essays, journals, and photos of the band on tour in America in the fall of 2008, writing together in New Orleans, and touring Australia. The photographs in the book are by Lindsey Byrnes and Ryan Russell. The album "Sainthood" debuted on the Billboard top 200 albums at number 21 selling 24,000 copies in its first week. While recording Sainthood, Tegan and Sara spent a week writing songs together in New Orleans. The song "Paperback Head" came to light from that writing trip and appeared on the album, making it the first song on any Tegan and Sara album that they wrote together. Spin magazine gave Sainthood four out of five stars and wrote, "Tegan and Sara's music may no longer be the stuff of teens, but its strength remains in how much it feels like two people talking."
In 2011, they launched "2011: A Merch Odyssey", which saw at least one new item in the official online stores every month, all year long. A live CD/DVD combination package titled Get Along was released on November 15 and contains three films titled "States", "India" and "For The Most Part". Get Along was nominated in the 2013 Grammy Awards for "Best Long Form Music Video".
Tegan and Sara started recording their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, on February 20, 2012. Eight songs were produced by Greg Kurstin. Joey Waronker contributed drums to these songs. Two songs were produced by Mike Elizondo, with Victor Indrizzo contributing drums, Josh Lopez contributing guitar and Dave Palmer contributing piano. The last two songs were produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen. The first single, "Closer", was released on September 25, 2012. The album was released on January 29, 2013 and debuted on the Billboard top 200 at number 3, the band's highest charting record to date, selling 49,000 copies in its first week. Heartthrob debuted at number 2 on the Canadian chart, digital downloads chart and hit number 1 on the rock and alternative album charts. In July 2013, the album was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. In March 2014 Tegan and Sara won three Juno Awards for Song of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Group of the Year.
Tegan and Sara are identical twins born September 19, 1980, in Calgary. Tegan was the first born, with Sara following eight minutes later. Both are openly gay. Tegan lives in Vancouver and Los Angeles since 2011[update].
In 2013, the band partnered with Coolhaus, their "favourite ice cream sandwich truck", to create an ice cream sandwich in favor of marriage equality. The sandwich featured Double Chocolate cookies and Salted Caramel ice cream, and was named "Til Death Do Us Part".
Tegan and Sara began touring after graduating from high school in 1998, travelling by car or Greyhound bus. In 2000, they toured with Neil Young and The Pretenders. Other notable touring mates include Ryan Adams, Weezer, Bryan Adams, Jack Johnson, The Black Keys, Ben Folds, Gogol Bordello, Cake, City and Colour, Death Cab for Cutie, Hot Hot Heat, The Killers, New Found Glory, Paramore, Rufus Wainwright, Eugene Francis Jnr, The Jezabels, An Horse, Steel Train, Holly Miranda, and Speak.
The sisters are known to do a lot of onstage banter, which often includes stories and commentary about their childhood, politics, and life on the road; this has become an indispensable part of their live shows.
They have performed at festivals including Mariposa Folk Festival 2001, Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair 1999, 2010, Coachella 2005, 2008, 2013 Lollapalooza, SXSW 2005, 2013, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Falls Festival, Sasquatch!, Osheaga, Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008; Southbound 2009, Glastonbury 2010, Lilith Fair, Sasquatch! 2010, Australia's Groovin' the Moo 2010 and 2013, Winnipeg Folk Festival 2011, Newport Folk Festival 2011, Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Fest 2011, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 2011, and Outside Lands 2014. They performed at the ending ceremony in June at Toronto World Pride 2014 and also at Boston Calling in May 2014.
In January 2014 Katy Perry announced that Tegan and Sara, along with Capital Cities and Kacey Musgraves will be the opening acts for the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour. Tegan and Sara toured with Perry from September to October 2014.
On February 25, 2014, Tegan and Sara announced their Let's Make Things Physical Tour happening Spring and Summer in the US. The tour included a range of supporting acts for different cities, including Lucius, The Courtneys, Waters, and My Midnight Heart. The tour kicked off on May 6 in Columbia, Missouri, ending in November 2014.
Collaborations and other work
Tegan R. Quin
Tegan appeared on Against Me!'s song "Borne of the FM Waves of the Heart", and also appears in the music video. She also sang backing vocals on Rachael Cantu's "Saturday" from her Run All Night. In April 2008, Tegan wrote and recorded a song titled "His Love" at the request of Augusten Burroughs as a contribution to the audio version of his book A Wolf at the Table. The two headlined Spin's September 2008 Liner Notes benefit for Housing Works, a New York non-profit. Tegan sang with Jim Ward on his track "Broken Songs" and on the song "Contrails" by rapper Astronautalis which appeared on his 2011 album This Is Our Science. She also appeared in the music video.
Sara K. Quin
Sara sings on The Reason's song "We're So Beyond This", and also appears in the music video. She was featured on rapper/songwriter/producer Theophilus London's track "Why Even Try" from his 2011 Lovers Holiday EP. Sara appears on Jonathan Coulton's 2011 album Artificial Heart, providing vocals for the album's remake of the song Coulton wrote for Valve's game Portal, "Still Alive". Sara covered Alicia Keys' "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart" from Doveman's Burgundy Stain Sessions in 2011. In Kaki King's music video for "Pull Me Out Alive" Sara can be seen as well. Sara sang back-up vocals on two songs from former The Smashing Pumpkins member James Iha's 2012 album Look to the Sky: "To Who Knows Where" and "Dream Tonight".
Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara performed with DJ Tiësto during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2008. Tegan and Sara appeared as guests, providing live vocals for Tiësto's remix of "Back in Your Head", in addition to their own set that night. The duo also collaborated with Tiësto on the song "Feel It in My Bones" from his 2009 album Kaleidoscope and appeared in the music video for this song.
An "Alligator" remix EP was released by the duo on iTunes in 2010 . The EP consisted of remixes of their song "Alligator" by different artists, contributors included Doveman, Four Tet, Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, and VHS or Beta.
In December 2010, Tegan and Sara collaborated with the Yellow Bird Project to produce a charity T-shirt. The shirt was designed by EE Storey with all profits benefiting FIERCE NYC, an organization that builds the leadership and power of LGBTQ communities in New York City.
They both appear in Sara Bareilles' music video for her song "Uncharted". The video premiered in March 2011 and also features, amongst others, Josh Groban, Laura Jansen, Ingrid Michaelson, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Ben Folds, Keenan Cahill, Jennifer Nettles, and Vanessa Carlton.
NOFX's controversial song "Creeping Out Sara" is about the two sisters and it's based on an encounter Fat Mike, of NOFX had with Sara while backstage at a music festival. During a live Q&A when asked what they thought of the song Sara answered, "The song is called 'Creeping Out Sara'; I am Sara, and I was creeped out."
Another collaboration with a dance artist was on a song with David Guetta and Alesso for Guetta's re-release album Nothing But the Beat 2.0. The song, "Every Chance We Get We Run", was released on September 10, 2012.
Tegan and Sara have both ventured into songwriting for other artists. This includes two songs "A Hot Minute" and "The Worst" featured in Lisa Loeb's 2013 release No Fairy Tale. Sara also co-wrote "Sweetie" which was included in the deluxe edition of Carly Rae Jepsen's album Kiss.
In 2012, the sisters covered Cyndi Lauper's hit "Time After Time".
In 2012, Tegan and Sara covered The Rolling Stones' "Fool to Cry" for the HBO show Girls soundtrack vol. 1.
In 2013, Tegan and Sara released a "Closer" remix EP containing contributions from artists such as Sultan & Ned Shepard, The Knocks, and Yeasayer.
In 2013, Tegan and Sara released "Shudder to Think" for the Dallas Buyers Club movie soundtrack.
In 2013, Tegan and Sara were featured on Matthew Dear's Tears for Fears cover of "Pale Shelter".
In 2013, the Canadian duo covered P!nk's "Just Like a Pill" for Billboard's Women in Music 2013.
In 2014, Tegan and Sara released "Find Another Love" for the Endless Love movie soundtrack.
In 2014, Tegan and Sara sang the jingle "Dare to Wonder" for the Oreo Wonderfilled cookies TV commercial.
In 2014, Tegan and Sara co-wrote and sang the song "Hard to Hold" on the RAC album Strangers pt. 1
The duo also were featured on on "When You Were Mine" by Night Terrors of 1927.
In September 2014 they released a remix EP of "I Was a Fool".
In 2015 they performed with The Lonely Island at the Oscars, representing their collaboration for the Lego Movie in "Everything is Awesome".
|List of joint and solo collaborations|
|Tegan & Sara||2009||Tiësto||"Feel It in My Bones"||Kaleidoscope|
|Fucked Up||"Do They Know It's Christmas?"|
|Margaret Cho||"Intervention"||Cho Dependent|
|2012||Morgan Page||"Body Work"||In the Air|
|David Guetta and Alesso||"Every Chance We Get We Run"||Nothing But the Beat 2.0|
|2014||The Lonely Island||"Everything Is Awesome!!!"||The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Night Terrors of 1927||"When you were mine"|
|RAC||"Hard to hold"|
|Tegan||2005||Vivek Shraya||"The Alphabet"||A Composite of Straight Lines|
|David Usher||"Hey Kids"||If God Had Curves|
|2006||Melissa Ferrick||"Never Give Up"||In the Eyes of Strangers|
|Kinnie Starr||"La Le La La"||In the Eyes of Strangers|
|Rachael Cantu||"Saturday"||Run All Night|
|2007||Against Me!||"Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart"||New Wave|
|2008||Alkaline Trio||"Wake Up Exhausted"||Agony & Irony|
|2009||Jim Ward||"Broken Songs"||In the Valley, On the Shores EP|
|Rachael Cantu||"Saturday"||Far and Wide|
|"Thieves and Their Hands"|
|"Blue House Baby"|
|2011||Astronautalis||"Contrails"||This Is Our Science|
|Sara||2007||The Reason||"We're So Beyond This"||Things Couldn't Be Better|
|Ted Gowans and Kaki King||"Sweetness Follows" (R.E.M. cover)||Drive XV: A Tribute to Automatic for the People|
|Vivek Shraya||"Your Name"||If We're Not Talking|
|2009||Dragonette||"Okay Dolore"||Fixin to Thrill|
|2010||Emm Gryner||"Top Speed"||Gem and I|
|2011||Theophilus London||"Why Even Try"||Lovers Holiday|
|Jonathan Coulton||"Still Alive"||Artificial Heart|
Television and film
Tegan and Sara have appeared on American, Canadian, and European television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2013), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2005, 2013), Jonovision, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (2004), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2005, 2007, 2009, 2012), Late Show with David Letterman (2000, 2008, 2012), The NewMusic, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2008, 2013), C à vous (2013), and ZeD.
Tegan and Sara songs have been featured in the films "Dallas Buyers Club", "The Lego Movie", "G.B.F.", Monster-in-Law, Sweet November, and These Girls, and in the television shows Degrassi: The Next Generation, 90210, Being Erica, Ghost Whisperer, Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Hollyoaks, jPod, The L Word, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place (2009 series), One Tree Hill, Parenthood, Rookie Blue, Vampire Diaries, Veronica Mars, Waterloo Road (2011), What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Awkward, and BoJack Horseman. Their song "Closer" was covered by Glee on the episode "Feud" which aired March 14, 2013 at 9pm EST on Global for Canada and Fox for USA. The song is also used in the teaser trailer for the 2013 independent comedy film, "Exes".
In 2006, Tegan and Sara appeared in The L Word episode "Last Dance" (season 3, episode 11); they had a small role in which they played themselves performing their song "Love Type Thing" and exchanged a few lines with main character Dana Fairbanks. In 2008, they appeared on the kids music television show Pancake Mountain where they acted in a skit and performed their songs "Back in Your Head", "Hop a Plane", and an acoustic version of "Walking with a Ghost". In 2010, they appeared on CBC's Mamma Yamma, revising their single "Alligator" into a children's song. In 2012, Tegan and Sara appeared in the 90210 episode "The Things We Do for Love" performing "Closer" and "Now I'm All Messed Up" from their album Heartthrob.
In 2011, Sara was a panelist on the CBC Radio 1 program Canada Reads, defending Jeff Lemire's graphic novel Essex County. The book, the first graphic novel to be featured as part of Canada Reads, was voted off after the first round but then later placed #1 in a "People's Choice" poll with more votes than all other books combined.
In March 2013 during the SXSW festival Tegan and Sara co-hosted the mtvU Woodie awards with rapper Machine Gun Kelly. They also performed their single "Closer". The Woodie Awards aired on MTV on March 17, 2013. On September 30, 2013, Tegan and Sara performed "Closer" on Today.
In early 2014 Tegan and Sara collaborated with The Lonely Island on a song called "Everything Is Awesome!!!" for The Lego Movie soundtrack. The movie opened in theaters on February 7, 2014. The song debuted at number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 24 on the Official UK Singles chart. The song has been nominated for an Oscar for best original song.
- Tegan Quin – vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Sara Quin – vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Backing musicians
- Ted Gowans – guitar, keyboards (2004–present)
- Jasper Leak – bass (2012–present)
- John Spence – keyboards (2012–present)
- Adam Christgau – drums (2013–present)
- Former backing musicians
- Johnny Andrews – drums (2006–2010)
- Shaun Huberts – bass (2007–2010)
- Chris Carlson – bass (2001–2006)
- Rob Chursinoff – drums (2001–2005)
- Jason McGerr – drums (2012)
- Under Feet Like Ours (1999)
- This Business of Art (2000)
- If It Was You (2002)
- So Jealous (2004)
- The Con (2007)
- Sainthood (2009)
- Heartthrob (2013)
Awards and nominations
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|2000||Tegan and Sara||YTV Band/Musical Group Achievement Award||Won|
|2003||If It Was You||Western Canadian Music Awards, Outstanding Pop Recording||Won|
|2006||So Jealous||Juno Awards, Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||It's Not Fun Don't Do It||Juno Awards, Music DVD of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||The Con||Juno Awards, Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||The Con||Polaris Music Prize Longlist||Nominated|
|2009||"The Con"||Studio8 Song of August 2009||Won|
|2010||Sainthood||Juno Awards, Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Sainthood||Polaris Music Prize Shortlist||Nominated|
|2010||Tegan and Sara||Western Canadian Music Awards, International Achievement Award||Won|
|2011||Tegan and Sara||Indie Awards, Group or Duo of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Get Along||Juno Awards, Music DVD of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Get Along||Grammy Awards, Best Long Form Music Video||Nominated|
|2013||"Body Work"||MTV Woodie Awards, Tag Team Woodie||Nominated|
|2013||"Closer"||NewNowNext Awards, That's My Jam||Nominated|
|2013||"Closer"||Canadian Radio Music Awards, Best New Group - Dance/Urban/Rhythmic||Won|
|2013||"Closer"||Much Music Video Awards, International Video of the Year by a Canadian||Nominated|
|2013||Heartthrob||2013 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist||Nominated|
|2013||Tegan and Sara||2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Canadian Act||Nominated|
|2014||Tegan and Sara||GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Music Artist||Won|
|2014||Heartthrob||Juno Awards, Pop Album of the Year||Won|
|2014||Tegan and Sara||Juno Awards, Group of the Year||Won|
|2014||Closer||Juno Awards, Single of the Year||Won|
|2014||Tegan and Sara||Juno Awards, Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Tegan and Sara||Canadian Radio Music Awards, Best New Group/Solo Artist - Mainstream AC||Won|
|2014||Closer||Canadian Radio Music Awards, SOCAN Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Tegan and Sara||Canadian Radio Music Awards, Fans' Choice||Nominated|
|2014||Goodbye, Goodbye||MuchMusic Video Awards, Pop Video of the Year||Nominated|
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