When three sisters spend large amounts of time together, some serious sibling rivalries can spawn, but that sentiment was lost on the Brown-Alexander sisters – their tight-knit group is as harmonious as their harmonies. Sarai, 16, Soleil, 13, and Sione, 9, make up the Little Big Sister Group that has garnered invites to a wide array of events on the East Coast, with their first being the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Inaugural Ceremony in Harrisburg, as they performed the “Star Spangled Banner.”
The South Philly-based group impressed onlookers so much during their first official performance that they received a constant stream of requests coming for every type of affair. Last summer alone, the three blossoming musicians played several prestigious events in large venues such as Central Park’s Summerstage Global Family Day in New York City, the Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival in Jamaica, Queens, New York, the NAACP Awards Dinner-Chester Chapter and the Congressional Black Caucus International in Washington D.C.
Sarai, an incoming senior and Sione, an incoming 5th grader are star pupils at the Baldwin School while Soleil, a rising freshman, continues to excel at Girard Academic Music Program, 2136 W. Ritner St.
Through each member’s collective experiences in an assortment of prestigious music programs like the Philadelphia Girls’ Choir and ability to play multiple instruments, they have produced eight original songs promoting self-esteem and the empowerment of inner-city youth. Those songs were first performed at Little Big Sister’s sold out show aptly-named “Love, Laughter and Lyrics.”
When Sarai, Soleil and Sione are not making original music, they focus on perfecting their renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice,” which first introduced inquiring ears to their special talents several years ago.
Little Big Sister’s sound has branched out to neighboring cities, yet they will never forgot their roots, as they commonly perform at community outreach programs in the tri-state area, singing old favorites and new material alike.
It’s easy to forgot that these young performers, who reside in Point Breeze and who have accomplished so much at such young ages, are still growing as people and artists. South Philly will definitely need to keep its eyes on these three rising stars. – Joseph Fontanazza