By: Joshua Bhujbal//
Faith And Majesty is a sister duo that’s based in Gainsville, Florida. The indie-folk singer-songwriter group started its journey in 2016 and has not stopped since. The sisters have been working as nurses throughout the pandemic while juggling a career in music. Although this may sound impossible, they agreed that music has been something they look forward to every day. Faith Smith did not dabble in singing until much later in life, but when she did, she knew she wanted to share the experience with her sister. Majesty Smith on the other hand has always loved to sing and perform from a very young age. The two complement each other in a way that seems meant to be. I was able to speak to them recently about their aspirations, inspirations, and motivations throughout their career.
How did you come up with your sound and style?
Faith: I’ve always been interested in music from a young age. I learned violin and was even in a steel drum band.
Majesty: I still can’t define our sound, and I try not to label it now. I don’t want to limit us because we evolve, and our music evolves.
How has working during the pandemic as frontline workers inspired your music?
Faith: I’m a hospice nurse and I’m grateful to have an outlet at the end of the day. Making music is something I look forward to even with everything going on.
Majesty: I went through a phase of writer’s block from having to balance the full-time job, the pandemic, and the risk of possibly getting the virus. After a few months though of being uninspired, I remembered just how powerful art is, how special it is to work with my sister, and that I have a job in midst of this.
When did you both realize that making music together would be worth trying?
Faith shares that when she became more comfortable with her deeper register, she realized their juxtaposing tones in voice were perfectly suited together. Majesty, who has a light and airy inflection to her voice, added on that one of her favorite parts when composing and recording is harmonies just from hearing their voices mesh together. They agreed that their personas, writing styles, unique vocals just made sense together.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
Faith: My major inspiration is Sufjan Stevens. I love his writing style; it’s raw and real. In general, he just makes you feel it in the moment.
Majesty: I really like Taylor Swift’s songwriting, but I also love how the band
, HAIM , structures their songs and writes harmonies. We have so many influences, and it’s so exciting to see what comes out when recording because it’s never really intentional.
What do you want your supporters to take away from your work?
Faith: If I can say one thing
, I want to get across with the music, it would be permission to feel because your feelings are valid.
Majesty: To add onto that, embrace being a human being and realize life is not perfect. We want to share what real life is like in our music.
What does your newest single, “Premise,” mean to you?
Majesty: We honestly had an epiphany and thought how can we release a song in 2021 and it not be “Premise”?
Faith: “Premise” is like our quarantine song, we were processing doubts, the emotions from lost opportunities, and especially nostalgia.
Majesty: Missing hugs! We had one line which was “cherish things when they run out like holding hands and speaking loud” because it was tough for all of us to be seen.
Over the years, how have you overcome obstacles?
Faith: I believe there is always a glimmer of hope whether you see it or not.
Majesty: 2020 was a crazy year which was difficult at times. I just remember to remind myself that this is life, which is not always fair, but these hard times are not going to be forever. I also make sure to stay in touch with my emotions because it’s not healthy to glaze over negative feelings.
Who are some dream collaborations you want to do?
Majesty: Definitely HAIM, I feel like we could be the fourth and fifth HAIM sister on a project. Also, I think we’d sound great with Phoebe Bridgers.
Faith: She may sound really different from us, but I really love SZA’s music, and it would be so fun to back a track or something.
How does it feel to be an emerging black female group in a country that often downplays the importance of black artistry in music?
Faith: It may feel hard at times, but what keeps me going is hoping someone is able to see themselves in us. Whether it’s because of race, gender, or body shape, I just want people to know it’s ok to create your own lane.
Majesty: It’s so exciting! When we started making music, it felt so normal for us but then people came up to us and were like “you’re black women making indie music; that’s not really common.” I’m just so happy to do what I love, and it apparently influences other people to do what they love too, even if it’s not the norm based on their demographics.
How else do you want to experiment with your music?
Faith: I definitely want to do more collaborations and branch out of our genre. I’d really love to have maybe a rap collaboration.
Majesty: I’m really excited to share more because it’s a new year, and I’m curious to hear the songs we haven’t created yet.