The best singers draw from experience. And that’s true for young as well as well-seasoned artists. Though still in their mid teens, sisters Kelli and Kayla Iutzwig, a.k.a. Wild Fire, prove this point at show after show, in song after song.
You have a musical family. We all have songs that reconnect us to special memories. What song is does that for you and your family?
We sure do have a musical family and that has honestly been such a blessing in our lives. There are so many songs that reconnect us to special memories as a family. A few that come to mind are “The House that Built Me” by Miranda Lambert, “Stop This Train” by John Mayer and “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw.
Which songs by Texas artists have most influenced your music?
Best advice a vocal coach has shared with you?
As far as technical abilities her advice has taught us how to best blend our voices using a combination of head voice, mixed voice and chest voice. She has also helped us improve upon identifying harmonies. The best practical advice she has given us is to be authentic as artists.
Duo name Wild Fire. How does that represent your music?
Wild Fire is a metaphor that speaks to our desires of what we would like to accomplish through our music. It represents a boldness, tenacity and fierce desire to expand our reach and touch as many souls as we can in a positive light through the universal language of music.
What was it like to play the Houston Rodeo?
The Houston Rodeo will always be our favorite venue to perform at. First of all, this is our home town and we love to represent Houston. We have been attending since we were 3 or 4 years old. The Houston Rodeo is the biggest rodeo in the world, and millions of people attend each year. Our entire city bonds together and people from all walks of life and cultures attend. Unfortunately, it was canceled this year due to COVID-19. We were scheduled to perform the same week that it closed.
You’ve participated in different competitions. What are the challenges to taking part in them?
The biggest challenge is to not let nerves and stress get to you. We were involved in musical theater from a very young age, and that has helped us tremendously with competitions and overall stage presence. It’s all about your mindset. You cannot worry about being judged. You simply prepare as best as possible and make sure you give it your all and connect with the audience during the performance.
“We Got the Summer”. What inspired the write?
We took several trips to California in 2018 when working on our “Been There” EP. It was during this time that the inspiration hit us and idea came about. While there we visited the incredible beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica and Laguna Beach. We fell in love with the absolute beauty there and began writing about it during those trips.
Sun and fun and time to crank up the radio — what’s on your summertime playlist?
Wow! There are so many! “Tongue Tied” by Group Love, lots of songs by Dayglow, “Are You Bored Yet” by Wallows, “Whiskey Glasses” by Morgan Wallen and “Half of My Hometown” by Kelsea Ballerini just to name a few.
Music heals and connects. What role will it play in bringing back a sense of normalcy in our daily lives?
It will play a tremendous role in this regard. Music can take you away to a wonderful memory, or perhaps a place you have yet to visit. It is simply magical. So many of our fans have told us that our music is helping them through these troubled times. That means so much to us and makes all of the hard work we put in well worth it.
Staying in touch over social media. Favorite fan memory that happened over social media?
We have lots of them! One that comes to mind is our friend Griffin Hatcher. He is a drummer our age from Georgia. He is always hopping on our Instagram Live’s and playing drums along to our songs. It’s so much fun!
Becoming Global Country Music Association Ambassadors. What is the mission of the association founded by Don Meehan?
To preserve the artistic spirit and education of country music across the globe with a strong emphasis on classic traditional and women country artists. We are so honored and blessed to Ambassadors for Women in Country Music through the GCMA.
Will you be releasing more music this year? Will any of these be songs you’ve written since the quarantine started?
We definitely will. In addition to our recently released single “We Got the Summer,” we have five more completed songs ready to go. We plan to release them every six to eight weeks. Our next release is titled “Rolling with The Stones” and will drop on 7/10/2020. These songs were all written before the quarantine. The process takes such a long time from the songwriting phase to recording, to planning the release. The typical cycle tends to take around a year.
What message do you hope fans takeaway from your music?
We just want our fans to feel empowered and inspired. We want them to realize that they matter, that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. Our songwriting is much more vulnerable in this new material. We also want our fans to know that we struggle with many of the same issues that they do. However, we can all persevere and conquer our dreams.
Staying healthy while at home. Can you share some of your go-to vegan recipes?
We would love to!
Vegan Banana Bread:
3 Very Ripe Mashed Bananas
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup of Melted Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 Cup of Gluten-Free Flour
1 Cup of Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
· Combine the mix and blend ingredients and mix it all together. Grease the pan with your favorite vegan butter. Add cacao chocolate chips or dark chocolate. Bake in the oven for 35–40 minutes at 350.
· 1 Slice of Whole Wheat Bread (Little or no added sugar). We love Nature’s Own whole wheat.
· 1 Avocado
· Toast the bread
· Mash up the avocado
· Mix in Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel”
· Spread the mix on your toast
What are some of your favorite at home workouts?