Their personal kinship can be felt all over the tracks on Into the Rush. The song No One (number 1 most requested Radio Disney hit, was featured in the film Ice Princess and TVs Alias), features soaring harmonies with the emotional underpinnings of their own roots in gospel and country. The pair tackles weightier issues in Sticks and Stones, which takes on the playground bully with an anti-violence message, and the moving I Am One of Them, a stark condemnation of kidnapping.
"Aly and I are good listeners," say AJ. "We take things in and observe whats going on around us. We call songwriting lyrical poetry. We want people of all ages to relate to the subjects."
The kidnapping of a young Florida girl from a car wash spurred AJ and Aly to pen 'I Am One of Them,' as a creative way to raise public awareness of child safety. To that end, Aly and AJ have become active in promotion Amber Alerts and legislation to get predators off the streets. Aly and AJ are also now the co-Chairs of the Children's Advisory Board for the AmberWatch Foundation.
"We just want to remind kids and adults without scaring them," says Aly. "We're trying to prevent this sort of thing from happening by teaching kids to make wise choices, to be aware of their surroundings. We really feel vulnerable, because it could happen to any of us."
"We want to be real, genuine, to express the way we honestly feel, and let that come out in our music," add AJ. That has been the case since the L.A.-born sisters were raised in Seattle, where they started playing piano at age six. They both picked up the guitar three years ago and started to write songs just six months after that.
"AJ and I want to be a voice and accountable for the message in our music, what were supporting and writing about," say Aly. "We stand for what we say. We won't back down from that. We're always going to write from a genuine place in our hearts. If you don't do that, you can get lost."