|SHORT BIO: "With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, these triplets engage the crowd with their story through real life lyrics and rolling banjos intertwined with rocking guitars. Through their unwavering boldness there is a Southern Mississippi charm rooted in faith, family, and an unshakable call to show the world where true Hope is found." |
Hi. As you can see, us three girls have a lot in common. We share the same date of birth (yes, that means we're triplets), red-hair, room, accent, parents, and brother. With all that said, you’d think we share personalities, but we couldn’t be farther apart. Nika, (baby sister) I’ll say fits her expected role. Too cute, goofy, funny, and always entertaining us with a goofy impression before we go onto the stage. My sisters would definitely describe me(Natalie) as the
prissiest of the three. It works to their advantage if they need help with makeup or hair before the concert but to their disadvantage if my Type-A personality comes out and tries to fix it in front of everyone on stage. Nicole (oldest sister) is the most outgoing of us three. She likes big hair, cool clothes, and has an obsession with cheetah print. It all makes sense if you know her!! Ha No, we don’t share each other’s clothes either because we usually don’t like them. Nika is usually wearing something with a cat on it. Nicole is usually wearing something bold, and I’m always in a dress. |
The two things that hold us closest together are our music and faith. We are from the south, so yeah that definitely shows up too! I’ll admit it… My sisters and I don’t have it all figured out. If we did, we wouldn’t have any material for writing or singing songs. Each lyric comes from who we are, where we’ve come from, and who we want to be. Our common faith in Jesus Christ lets us know that it’s okay to not “know it all.” Just trust that He does. His blood on the cross is the true inspiration for our “Red Roots,” and our red hair is just a bonus! We recorded our first cd when Rick Schweinsberg started developing us as artists . The Schweinsberg family(Rick, Micah, and Teresa) took us under their wing and have been helping us ever since. We are so blessed to have them as our musical family along with our parents by blood keeping us “sane” and rooted.
- Contestants on the American Bible Challenge (Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy & Kirk Franklin Season 2)
- Dove Award PreShow Presenters 2013
- iTunes Featured "Triplicity" on both Country and Christian/Gospel "New & Noteworthy" Page
- Won Favorite New Trio Singing News Fan Awards 2013
- Upcoming Performances include Creation Northeast PA, Ichthus Festival KY, Silver Dollar City, IMMERSE in Nashville, TN
- Nominated for ICM, CCMNOW, SingingNews, Diamond, and Scoops awards
- Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Charlie Daniels, Ray Stevens, Diamond Rio, Guy Penrod, Don Williams, Dailey & Vincent, High Valley(Canadian Country Artist) are some of the artists Red Roots has opened for in the past 2 years.
- 6 Top 40 Singing News Radio Singles
| Our latest album “The Middle of Nowhere” expresses who we are with the song “Christian Country Girl,” where we came from “The Middle of Nowhere, “ and how Life can be “Sweet.” A highlight of our year was being contestants on “The American Bible Challenge” (GSN) hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and Kirk Franklin. We were privileged to earn $5,000 for our charity “The Home of Grace” where we first started playing as a band. |
In January 2014, the Red Roots 3rd album, "Triplicity" was released. You know how we love the #3, so the lyrics, sound, and message conveyed through this album is most special to us. Thanks for allowing us to share our lives and hearts with you through our music, and whether or not you have red hair, you can have Red Roots too.
Rick, Teresa, & Micah Schweinsberg, Natalie, Nika, Nicole
| The lives of three, red-headed, identical triplet sisters are best summed up in the band name Red Roots. Their journey of growth can be heard and seen through the band, but was ultimately shaped by their "roots" of family, faith, and music. |
Our parents Mark and Sherry Taylor were told they were having one baby. That was good news to them and our four-year old brother at the time Mark Jr. A week later the news changed quite a bit after the doctor saw one more baby in the ultrasound. Now, instead of one there were two. Another week passed by, and our parents made another visit to the doctor. After performing an ultrasound, they saw a big difference in what they had seen before, three babies! Around seven months later, three very-healthy triplet girls were born.
Having Christian parents first helped develop our Red Roots. It seemed that we were always in church, and my parents instilled in us Christian morals and principles. At church we were introduced to music, so we were involved in the children’s choir. Around the age of four and five, we began our singing debut in a choir musical singing “Be Near Me Lord Jesus.” At that same time, we began asking our parents to play instruments. Nika started first on the guitar after challenging our brother Mark Jr. to a “Yankee Doodle” duel. It was her favorite song and only song she knew, so my brother didn’t stand a chance. Natalie’s piano lessons soon followed at the age of nine. Her friends were also taking, so she was accused of taking lessons because of them. Maybe a year later, Nicole started asking my parents for drum lessons. My mom said that she tried to discourage her by saying that only boys played the drums. Negative comments were also spoken to her by the band director when he said she had no rhythm. If either of them actually did discourage her, we couldn’t tell. My mom caved in for local drum lessons, but the teacher didn’t have a spot. Long story made short, mom prayed for God to open the door if it was His will, and a spot became available at the exact time she wanted. Our band was formed. We all three would set up in our playroom and attempt to play the same song together. It was a lot harder than we thought, especially since we started out playing “Shout to the Lord.” Unknowingly to us, my mom was praying, “Anoint them to sing for your glory, Lord.” This prayer marked the beginning of our Red Roots.
God opened many doors for us as we first started out. Our pastor Bro. Bill Barton had started an alcohol rehabilitation center called the Home of Grace, so he asked us to play there monthly. We were paired with a former addict named Rodney Williams who would preach after we sang. The men always would scream and clap no matter how many clunkers Natalie hit on the keyboard, beats Nicole would be off on the drums, or chords missed on the guitar by Nika. They truly worshipped God there and encouraged us each month we came. Bro. Rodney and we made a great team because both of us were just starting out. He would also invite us to play at schools and churches where he would give his testimony, which he later wrote in a book titled, Club Meth to Christ. We both shared the common message of the Red Roots of Christ.
We eventually started playing other instruments. At thirteen years old, Nicole played the drums, banjo, and bass. Nika added playing the mandolin along with the guitar. Natalie picked up the violin, bass, and accordion to go along with her keyboard. Our style of music at the time consisted of a mixture of Christian contemporary and bluegrass. Little by little, we would get calls from churches and others wanting us to play. This was so important to us because it gave us a reason and a desire to keep practicing. My parents said that if we were invited to play three places in a month then we could get a trailer to haul our equipment in. No more than a month passed by, and we had our trailer. Now all we needed was a group name. One day, our aunt called my mom saying that we should name our group “Red Roots.” We had a few to choose from, but this suited us best. After all, we did have red hair. As we grew older, our eyes and hearts were opened. As teenagers, God revealed to us that being involved in church or in a Christian band would not save us. We felt a need for His forgiveness and His presence in our lives. Even though we had a Christian band before, it became personal from that point on. God put a deep desire in our hearts to serve Him through music. He showed us that all of our circumstances were not coincidental. God had a purpose for us in our lives, and He began to give us a passion for His purpose. Now we truly did have Red Roots, not only on the outside, but also on inside.
During our senior year, we bought our mom tickets to an Isaacs’s concert for her birthday. We noticed, while purchasing the tickets, there was also a talent contest that night. Winning the contest was exciting, but playing with the Isaacs was even more exciting! Later, Ben Isaacs became the producer of our first single. This caught the attention of Rick Schweinsberg. Rick Schweinsberg produced the rest of the songs on our album and currently develops our group. Our mom wasn’t the only one who got a present that night!
The Red Roots CD was finally released on Jan. 24th, 2011. The CD features our first radio single "Red Roots." Yes. Red Roots is also our group name. Both our group name and song represent the core message and focus of our group that we are rooted in the blood of Christ. His sacrifice on the cross gave our lives meaning and hope. The song “Red Roots” tells a story of a dad and his daughter going on a hunting trip looking for Sassafras trees. They need the red roots of the Sassafras trees to make red tea with. The dad uses the hunting trip to show his daughter how the red roots of the sassafras tree compare to the red roots of Jesus Christ.