Did 2 from the Heart form out of the sake of convenience? Well, sort of. Take guitarist Kent, who has always been there to support his wife Tina's singing gigs, "I have been a film director, chauffeur, and lipstick holder at any given moment." Remembers Kent. "We're always together going to my shows and rehearsals and Kent's a great guitar player." Tina, says. "Wouldn't it be more convenient if we teamed up together musically...??? Hmmm.....??"
Fast forward to a trip to the Outer Banks in the summer of 2015 when a sign on the side of the beach road read "Art's Place - Open Mic Tonite!" With guitar at the ready, Kent pulled the entire family into the little love shack to watch he and Tina pull off a rousing rendition of The Doors, Love Me Two Times and The Black Keys, Gold on the Ceiling. There was thunderous applause! They realized that everything they had been looking for was right there in front of them - each other!!! .
Over the next six months, realizing that they were not the first ones to do the "acoustic thing", they started developing acoustic versions of old and new pop hits, bluesy classics and soulful country ballads that showcase Tina's strong vocals and Kent's rockin'-strum style guitar.
Everything started cooking with gas when tragically Tina's Dad passed away, putting the entire project on the back burner. After much reflection, she realized that her Dad would want her to move forward with what she loved doing. With sheer determination, they ventured out again and didn't miss a beat performing all over
the D.C. area to great reviews.
It has been a crazy, but rewarding time since then and they hope to
share that sentiment by making a genuine connection with the
audience by performing their versions of familiar covers and originals.
Tina wonders, "Can I still ask him to hold my lipstick?"
Tina started performing in her folks living room singing and dancing
for anyone who would listen (mostly stuffed animals and Breyer horse
figurines, strategically placed in the round), then on into high school
and college where she studied classical voice and performed in
countless weddings, shows and recitals and was even chosen as a
member of the Paul Hill Chorale, performing a concert series at the
Kennedy Center. However, her love of soul and blues beckoned,
so she performed in a bunch of bands before starting her acoustic duo,
2 from the Heart. Her influences include rock, blues, R&B and her own brand of country soul as well as rock voices like Pat Benatar and Ann Wilson or pop icon Christina Aguilera and the great Ella Fitzgerald.
Kent began his musical career at the prestigious Robinson High School under the direction of famed guitar teacher Glen McCarthy! He has been playing ever since. Despite his wife's claims that his musical tastes are stuck in the 1990's, his influences include, The Beatles, Squeeze, REM, Matthew Sweet, Kaleo and the Record Company. When Kent is not playing guitar, he either honing in on the draft or meticulously calculating stats on his beloved Minnesota Vikings. Go Vikes!!