On Saturday, The Ginley Girls will be opening for The Spurs USA, a country western band, at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs. The performance will begin at 8 p.m.
The Spurs USA, which formed in 2010, performs covers by artists such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. The band has performed all over Upstate New York and Massachusetts, including two previous performances at Caffè Lena.
Sisters from Greenfield, The Ginley Girls include Katelyn, 16; Jane, 13; Ava, 11; and Ryann, 7. The sisters are not only active on sports teams, are honor students in school, but love sharing their music with those around them as well. The girls have performed at multiple family weddings and events such as Fourth of July barbecues and holiday parties.
After the death of their great-grandparents in 2014, the Ginley Girls formed “Sisters for Smiles,” a program where they sang for the elderly at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. They have also performed at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne and won the Town of Greenfield Talent Show last year.
The Ginley Girls were discovered by The Spurs USA after one of its lead vocalists, Dona Frank-Federico, viewed them on YouTube at a real estate closing with Michael Ginley, Dona’s real estate attorney and the father of The Ginley Girls.
Frank-Federico said, “I was blown away [by the YouTube video], because without any training the girls harmonized beautifully.”
“I feel like there’s something super special there,” she added.
Since her discovery of The Ginley Girls, Frank-Federico has been integrating them into The Spurs USA rehearsals as well as coaching them on skills such as stage presence. She has also helped them make their arrangements stronger. Later this summer,The Ginley Girls will be performing with The Spurs USA for another show at the Fort Salem Theater in Salem.
As for their song choice, Frank-Federico said, “I left it up to them, I’m just helping them get better at what they do.”
“We really play music from all genres,” Katelyn said. At Caffè Lena, The Ginley Girls will be playing the classic “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash in addition to more current music.
Jennifer Ginley, the girls’ mother, said that ever since she was born, Katelyn has been singing at family events. She started playing the guitar at age eight, but with her busy schedule as a student and athlete on Saratoga’s field hockey and lacrosse teams, has not had time to take lessons in a few years.
“Katelyn is definitely the driving force of The Ginley Girls,” said Jennifer Ginley. “She arranges the music and comes up with different ways to harmonize.”
In addition to opening for The Spurs USA, The Ginley Girls will be integrated into the performance. Frank-Federico said that The Ginley Girls will be performing the first of The Spurs USA's songs with the band. The two groups will also be closing the show together.
Katelyn said, “I’m excited to perform in front of a crowd again, we haven’t done that for a while.”
She also said that she and her sisters are “really thankful for this great opportunity.”
'The Ginley Girls'
WHERE: Caffè Lena
WHEN: July 1st at 8 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $20 for general tickets or $10 for students and children
MORE INFO: Call 518-421-6753 or click here to purchase tickets.