Kalina & Kiana is a California-based pop duo consisting of two talented multi-instrumentalist sisters with a unique brand of sound they describe as ‘Poetic Pop.’ Their music and high-energy live shows are characterized by magnetic hooks and captivating lyrics that have you singing along by the second chorus.
Kalina and Kiana have been singing since they could talk: sibling harmonies were heard from them while they were still buckled into their car seats. School talent shows and experimentation with different instruments eventually landed Kalina on the piano, while Kiana settled in on the guitar.
In 2007, they formed an all-girl band called The Raymies. The sisters were the lead singers and discovered songwriting at 11 and 13 years old. They led The Raymies for three years, as they gained studio and stage experience all over the country, with more than 100 live performances.
Their dad managed and produced the music, while longtime friend John Stamos wrote and produced a television pilot for Disney that was intended to be a launching platform for the young band. Disney was seeking a show to fill the void that would be left after the final season of Hannah Montana. All of the major record labels were bidding for The Raymies and their music.
When Disney only wanted Kalina and Kiana for the project, and asked to recast the other girls, the deal was scrapped in an effort to keep the band together and preserve friendships. Other members of the group never fully recovered from these challenges and within a few months, The Raymies imploded.
Kalina and Kiana dove deep into songwriting and had songs placed in various projects. A year after the breakup, the sisters spent time in Europe, working on another musical television project for which they were offered the lead roles. The travel was inspiring, but the development process was extremely slow. While under contract, the girls started a pet project under the alias of Rocky’s Revival, voted “Best Indie Band” in Orange County.
As Rocky’s Revival gained momentum, the sisters were faced their greatest challenge to date - Kalina spent most of 2014 in and out of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (she is now in complete remission!). Many songs were written during the cancer treatments and they coined the phrase “gigs with wigs,” as Rocky’s Revival opened for groups like The Bangles and Justin Bieber with Kalina sporting a wig onstage. In addition, they have also opened for such acts as Andrew McMahon, Natasha Bedingfield, Lifehouse, PawnShop Kings, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What didn’t break them, made them stronger. The girls continued to write for other people and projects, including Zag Animation’s The Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.
The European project finally began production in 2016. Kalina and Kiana passed on the lead roles, but continue to write songs for and make guest appearances in Maggie & Bianca: Fashion Friends which can currently be seen on Netflix.
No longer contractually bound, the girls were able to step out of Rocky’s Revival and emerge as Kalina & Kiana. The focus is now on their signature Poetic Pop, with a more current lyrical and musical sound. Kalina and Kiana are looking forward to giving every last bit of their musical talent and vision, harmonic voices, and radiant, positive energy to the project.