'If you stick at it good things will happen' - Hartlepool duo to sign new record deal and record radio jingle
A Hartlepool singing duo have urged people in the creative arts to stay positive after achieving success despite coronavirus.
Like many performers, sisters Georgia Fletcher, 26, and Olivia Crawford, 19, who perform as Khalysis, have seen their ability to work severely hampered since March’s lockdown with most live venues still closed.
But the girls are about to sign a deal with London record label Rhythmic Music Group to release two new singles.
And they have been selected as the sound for an updated version of a familiar radio jingle for North East solicitors Atha & Co.
Georgia said: “This is really exciting for us and we wanted to share the positive news after the Government had told people in the creative arts to retrain and find a new job.
"When we saw the Government's poster about retraining we thought it was a bit wrong.
"Our jobs aren't just hobbies and it shows if you stick at it, even through a pandemic, the rewards will come.”
Marketing representatives for personal injury specialists Atha & Co approached Khalysis when they were looking to update their jingle which was originally recorded 20 years ago.
The girls’ new version is now being played across the airwaves on local radio stations.
Olivia and Georgia, of Throston, said: “This is the first time we have done a piece of commercial work, which has been brilliant to keep us occupied when Covid-19 restrictions meant that we couldn’t go out to do our usual gigs.”
Lesley Kerrison, marketing and business development manager at Atha & Co added: “Getting Khalysis involved gives us a chance to use the same lyrics and melody while giving it a fresh new sound – one that reflects the business that we are today.”
Khalysis have used the lockdown to write new material and have also performed from home over the internet for a number of virtual festivals including several Prides celebrating the LGBTQ community.
Olivia is the voice of the duo while Georgia produces the sound, along with playing trumpet, piano, guitar and drum pad.
The girls previously had a number 4 song in the UK Official Charts with Smile for Bradley and were named as one of Vodafone’s ‘one to watch’.