HAZEN, N.D. — A country music duo that hails from North Dakota celebrated another career milestone on Thursday, Feb. 25, just a day after having the No. 1 song on iTunes.
The Hazen natives, sisters Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh who call their duo Tigirlily, announced in a Facebook post that they had been offered a major record deal.
Late Thursday night, Kendra said in a phone interview with The Forum that the offer came from Monument Records, a division of Sony based in Nashville, where the sisters are now living.
She said she hopes to be able to say in a few weeks that they have signed the deal.
"We’ve been dreaming of this moment for so many years. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way, we couldn’t have done this without you. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but dreams DO come true," they wrote in the Facebook post.
The sisters celebrated the release of their new single, "Somebody Does," on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
They posted to social media Wednesday morning announcing that they woke up with the No. 1 iTunes song in America for all genres.
"PLEASE DON'T PINCH US!!!!!! This is one of our wildest dreams come true, so we want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts," they posted to Twitter.
We woke up to having the #1 song in the country in ALL GENRES... 🤯 PLEASE DON’T PINCH US!!!!! This is one of our wildest dreams come true, so we want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. 🥺💗 #SomebodyDoes is out everywhere now!https://t.co/mB4dE8SKZ6 pic.twitter.com/pDIFx354dp— Tigirlily (@tigirlily) February 24, 2021
The sisters told The Forum on Wednesday morning that they released a teaser for the song on social media a few weeks ago and got their biggest response yet for a clip of a forthcoming tune.
"Right away, we were like, 'We need to put this song out into the world,'" Kendra said.
They hoped to crack into some digital charts, and making the Top 20 seemed like an "amazing" goal," she said. That's why Wednesday morning was "better than Christmas" when they saw it reached No. 1 in all genres, not just the iTunes country chart.
"It's overwhelming in the best way possible," Krista said.
Tigirlily has performed and released music since 2013, when the sisters were teenagers, and has built up a following over the years through releasing songs and playing concerts around the country. They relocated to Nashville in 2017, and they now have more than 450,000 followers on TikTok.
Even after moving to Tennessee, the sisters have stayed connected to North Dakota. They held a virtual concert in April 2020 to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The people of North Dakota have been so incredibly supportive," Kendra said. "We really appreciate it and are so humbled."
The sisters kept busy during the pandemic with virtual events, but they've also been able to perform regularly in Nashville, where Kendra said Tigirlily plays a gig each Saturday from 2:30-6:30 p.m.
"It's been really fun to get back into performing," she said, adding that the sisters are constantly writing and working on new music as well.