WHEN Gabrielle Keating hears her neighbour Hannah Walsh singing in the shower she belts out a tune back to her.

And that's the way it's been since the two Yeppoon girls were born; ever since they could talk, they've sung.

Gabrielle and Hannah, both cousins and neighbours, make up the acoustic duo Daughters of J and have made a name for themselves in the past year, singing at community events, restaurants and local gigs in the region.

The duo has also been tough competition in the recent Rockhampton Eisteddfod and took home the Dunbar Family Trophy at the St Ursula's College talent quest last Friday.

Gabrielle, 16, said the pair had sung together ever since she could remember.

"We've lived next door to each other our whole lives and our parents are very musical so we were introduced to music at a young age," she said.

"Whenever we're at each other's houses, we're always singing and jamming and even when we're not together we're singing. I can hear Hannah sing in the shower from my window, so I sing back to her.

"We started off with instruments, then started singing when we were around seven and eight. We both joined the choirs and as both of our voices developed, we noticed that they blended well together so we started Daughters of J which is the first letter of both our mum's names."

Hannah, 15, said they had received a lot of positive feedback about their performances.

"We've done a lot of local gigs now which has been exciting because we noticed a majority of the local bands were mostly boys so we wanted to get some girl talent out there," she said.

"We sing better when we're together; it just feels more natural and living next to each other makes practising easy. We always have jam sessions and upload what we've done to our Facebook page.

"Being professional singers isn't something we're looking into as careers but it's always going to be a life love. We just love singing and creating harmonies together and it turns out other people enjoy listening to it."

Daughters of J will perform at the Rockhampton River Festival in July.

You can listen to their songs on their Facebook page.



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