the cappaert sisters

the cappaert sisters

Annelies (°1979) and Sarah (°1987) Cappaert, two sisters from Bruges-Belgium, performed a while as a butterfly mind, (first album: "Lonely heart on wheels") but nowadays they took a home turn and "re-operate" in a musical way behind their old nickname: the cappaert sisters.

Annelies:”Our grandfather was a cabaret performer. From a very young age, we used to sing and make music with our mother and uncles in pubs and local halls, at village parties and wedding receptions and at times even on the street. That is how I learnt that singing together and really making music makes the world a happier and more beautiful place.”


Sarah:”Annelies is a few years older than me, but she always used to drag me along wherever she went. We still have a tape somewhere of us singing when I was four years old. We have always sung together and work really well together, all thought we are very demanding for each other.” I guess us singing together is a matter of complete trust. That's what we like about doing our thing. We always perfectly now what the other will sing, which line, which note: even without speaking to each other. That's really an exciting and fun way of making music.

The two sisters turned out to produce a great bunch of songs that were simple and beautiful and had really recognisable lyrics. All songs are written by Annelies both music and lyrics(known as ANNLIZZ)  and she wrote a bunch of harmonies and did quit some arranging before we even visited any studio or producer.


The first albums' "dream team" (from left to righ)t:
Patrick Deltenre (guitar) - Annelies Cappaert (singer-songwriter; annlizz) - Michel Bisceglia (piano/producer) - Yves Baibay (drums) - Werner Lauscher (bass) - Sarah Cappaert (vocals). photo @ studio cresendo, Genk.

Rick Tubbax
(manager 2007-2009):
”The main idea was to fully explore that unique, warm feeling the sisters can evoke with Annelies’ songs. We did a few sessions with various musicians in the best studios in Belgium, but failed to produce that tingle I got when I heard Sarah and Annelies rehearsing in their kitchen or saw them playing at a small club somewhere.”

Producer Michel Bisceglia actually helped us find the solution. He told us about how jazz records are recorded almost organically. No overdubs, no technical magic tricks that are used so often nowadays to make everyone sound ‘perfect’. Thanks to that imperfection, you can actually hear the extraordinary quality of the music that Sarah, Annelies and the musicians are creating.”

Annelies:”It took some getting used to, but it just worked for us. The musicians absolutely love working on songs together in an organic way and things fall into place more and more after every take, until we know we have it. And if Sarah started the second verse of ‘Louis’ a smidgeon too far from the microphone, then so be it. It is the way she sings it that gives everyone goose bumps.” To us it was the perfect "dream team" to create our first album. 

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