The PreZcotts, a quartet of sisters from Modesto, are busier than ever with the release of their first album, “Gossip.” The group has been performing at gigs all over the Central Valley, including recent visit to Dennis Earl Elementary School in Turlock. The sisters are between the ages of 12 and 17 and they write songs mostly about real teen experiences.
“The songs we write are for girls who go through what the world brings us,” said AnaLeyna, 17, the oldest member of The PreZcotts.
“Stay True” is an example of the group’s original lyrics that are inspired by real life situations. AnaLeyna, RaNelle (14) and MaRiah (12) wrote the song together and it includes a clear anti-bullying message.
“They really want to hammer home a positive message for young girls,” said Josh Page, one of the PreZcotts’ publicists.
The sisters all started singing when they were very young. They are the oldest in a family of six girls, and their parents always encouraged their musical interests. Their mom was a worship leader and started the girls singing in church. From there they started singing at other churches, weddings and events. They eventually got in contact with The Creation Lab Recording Studios in Turlock, and their professional career took off from there.
They write most of their own songs and music, but they have covered a few popular tunes including “We Are Family” on their new album and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” in a Youtube video. Metallica’s official Youtube channel has the PreZcotts version of the song listed under its “favorite videos” section.
The album also includes songs written from the heart. AnaLeyna wrote the song “Strength” after the death of her father in 2009. She and her sisters performed the song at a friend’s funeral, and she said writing songs about real life experiences is important and personal for her.
“Our fans actually get to know the real us, who we really are,” AnaLeyna said.
Working as a group of sisters has been a good experience for the PreZcotts. AnaLeyna said working with people she trusts and loves is better than working in a manufactured group, where the members start out as strangers.
“We have to stick together no matter what,” AnaLeyna said.
The sisters have been busy working on a variety of projects. They recently shot two music videos in Turlock, thanks to the recently established Turlock Film Commission. Their videos, directed by Rich Correll — creator/director of “Hannah Montana,” “Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and “That’s So Raven”—were filmed in Turlock locations and are viewable on KidzBop.com. Local kids were cast as extras for “Gossip” and “Turnaround.” The title track for their album “Gossip” is a video starring ChaLyn (15) as a celebrity who is victimized by the paparazzi. The song lyrics talk about gossip and the best way to deal with it. Their style could be considered teen pop, with a few rock covers.
The PrezCotts have been playing local fundraisers, charity events and elementary schools. AnaLeyna said their recent trip to Dennis Earl Elementary School in Turlock was a lot of fun. The kids really had fun with their performance and she said it was great to see them enjoying themselves.
“It’s just crazy to see something we’ve been doing for so long come to life,” AnaLeyna said.
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