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Sister act returns from break for start of new year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — D’anna and D’ette Tesso have slowed down a little in the past six months. The sisters sing together in their band, Sorela.

“We’re used to putting out a Christmas song each year, but this year we missed it,” D’anna Tesso says during an interview while riding the Rail Runner. “The winter months are our slow months and that’s usually when we get time to record, but we’ve just been taking it easy.”

D’anna Tesso says the duo have taken it slow because D’ette had her first child about four months ago.

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“During that time, I became part of a band and it’s the first time I’ve been without my sister on stage,” she says. “It’s so easy for us when we’re on stage. I know her harmonies and it’s fun. But with the band, I had to get used to new people and the way they work.”

Sorela will open for Gonzalo, A.J. Martinez and Cuarenty y Cinco at San Felipe Casino Hollywood’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

“It’s funny because we’re the only women on the bill,” D’anna laughs. “But it’s a good thing because we’ll open the show with a bang.”


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The sisters have been performing traditional New Mexican music for more than 15 years. They also write a lot of their own material.

“That’s always harder to do because we have to find the time,” D’ette says. “We’re excited to be able to make music that we’re proud of and have fans support us.”

Sorela plans to push its record “La Colleccion” during the first part of the year before heading out during the spring and summer.

“We want to keep pushing our music and performing,” D’anna says. “With this economy, there aren’t a lot of places where audiences can see live music, and we feel at home on stage.”