YouTube Stars and Twin Sisters to Make Network Debut

On the heels of their wildly successful YouTube performance, Canadian twin systems Lennon and Maisy Stella are about to make the network television debut.

The Stella Sisters, as they are known, will play daughters of country music star Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton, on ABC’s Nashville. They will appear for the first time on Wednesday’s episode.

They are famous for their performance of a Robyn song in which they play percussion with empty butter containers. The video has received more than nine million views on YouTube.

In the Nashville episode, their characters will perform a cover of a song by Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere) for a school talent show. The performance will upset their mother who has become jealous of Juliette’s increasing success as her own career loses steam.

The sisters, who were born and raised in Oshawa, Ont., have lived with their parents, country music’s The Stellas, since 2009.

“It’s so weird to see Hayden and Connie because we’ve seen them in other things as well,” Maisy, 8, said in a recent phone interview.

“Like, one of my favorite movies is Ice Princess and Hayden was in that and so I was freaking out when my mom told me that Hayden was going to be in the show because I love Hayden.”

“It’s really neat because they’re all such nice people,” added Lennon.

In a case of art imitating life, it was a school talent show that prompted the Stella Sisters’ YouTube moment last spring. They performed Call Your Girlfriend for students, faculty, and other students’ parents. Their parents, however, were on a concert tour and missed the performance. So the sisters recreated it on video and posted the clip to YouTube for their parents to see.

“It took about two days to learn, but when we were recording the video, Maisy’s friend was actually over,” said Lennon.

“She was upstairs in my room watching TV the whole time. I’m like, ‘I’m so sorry!”’ interjected Maisy.

“Maisy is a little distracted when her friend’s over so it was hard because it took a lot of tries to get it,” added Lennon.

Inspired by a YouTube video of Sweden’s Erato performing in the same way, the video has since garnered almost 9.6 million views and sparked interest from talk-show host Ellen Degeneres and a number of record labels.

Since the clip’s debut, others have attempted to repeat the performance on YouTube.

“That’s the coolest thing to see people cover — especially our version, when they say, Cover of Lennon and Maisy,” said Lennon.

Singers since they were toddlers, the sisters play guitar, piano, ukulele, and drums. “We’ve always been around music our entire lives,” said Lennon. “

Usually my instrument is my hand and my foot,” said Maisy.

They have enjoyed living in Nashville, where they have been able to meet some of their musical heroes. “We love old country so when we saw Vince Gill it was like the biggest honor, we were so excited,” said Lennon.

The Stella Sisters plan to record on of their parents’ original Christmas songs.

“We’re definitely going to stay with the music and stay with the acting as well,” said Lennon.

“We sing separately and everything, but we want to sing together for as far as singing together will take us.”

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