Bailen in Studio A (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)
Julia, David and Daniel Bailen have grown up surrounded by music, raised with creativity by classically-trained musician parents. The New York City-based trio were writing songs as early as the age of five and were singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Choir, sharing the stage with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti.
Now as Bailen, all of their outside influences fully shape their debut album, Thrilled to Be Here (out on April 26 via Fantasy).
When I attended a recent Bailen show at Bowery Ballroom, I was so impressed by the band’s harmonies and musicianship and knew we had to bring them to Studio A. While they were here, I talked with them about their artistic upbringing and the influence of producer John Congleton on their debut album. I also found out which sibling is the "responsible" one when the band is on the road!
Have a listen to that conversation and watch their talents in full display with live versions of “Something Tells Me” and “I Was Wrong.”
[Recorded: 2/6/19; Engineer: Jim O'Hara; Producer: Sarah Wardrop]