The Downey Sisters, Cate (15), Ella (12) and Meg (8), are all Denver Public Schools students, and they have been singing together for as long as they could talk. They performed in their school music programs and the Rocky Mountain Children's Choir. Their real love, however, was creating mashups of popular songs from the radio and building in their own natural harmonies.
As part of a Denver Public Schools mentoring program, Cate was selected in sixth grade to study with a songwriter. She roped in her sisters for her year-end project, performing her first song, "A Little Bit Longer," about the angst of going to a new school. The trio has played at open mics and other venues around the area, and earned a slot in Swallow Hill's "Best-Of" yearly showcase in 2013. In 2014, they opened for their aunt Allison Downey on the big stage, playing original songs by Ella and Meg, and in 2015 toured Africa with the Global Livingston Institute. They are grateful for the support they've received from Colorado community-focused band, the Flobots who have twice brought the three on stage with them to perform the Downey Sisters' original anthem, "We Are the Ones."
This summer, Cate will attend songwriting programs at the Berklee School of Music and the University of Coloradoâs School of Arts and Media.