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User profile: Avenue B


You have never met three girls like the sisters in Avenue B. Yes, in many ways they are like any other girls ages 17-23. They share clothes, talk about boys and are wide awake to the world around them. But these girls, Olivia, Dominique and Gabriela are so very different. Ever since they were very little, they knew what they wanted to do. They new they wanted to play music. Thanks to their parents taking notice, the girls started singing, acting and playing music from a very young age. The three girls had a love for performing before they reached grade school. They soon discovered how much they enjoyed singing together and began experimenting with three-part harmony, making up and singing harmony parts to songs on the radio. Olivia expressed herself more through songwriting and Dominique began writing music on the piano. Gabby, at the age of 9, started playing an old set of drums their mom bought at an auction, and soon fell in love with it. Wherever they went they'd get up and sing a capella, whether it be at a party or a local open mike. In the winter of 1999 the band met Marty Strayer, a musician and sound engineer with whom they co-wrote their first (as they put it) "REAL" CD.