Their first single, “Heart Like Memphis,” reached #54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, and earned them a nomination for USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year. Not bad for two 20-year-olds who packed it all up after high school to chase their musical dream to Nashville. They have quickly become one of the hottest rising country acts in the industry and have toured with many of country music’s biggest names.
Surrounded by music from an early age, Zach learned piano while Josh leaned toward guitar, with the help of their mom. And the boys are also accomplished songwriters. They spent the past summer working with some of Music City’s best songwriters, and penned more than 80 songs in just six months.
The Carter Twins are also involved at a hands-on level with the charity Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls has donated more than 8 million pairs of shoes worldwide, and most recently committed more than 1.3 million pairs to the victims of the Haitian earthquake. At the end of May, the twins will be joining the charity on a mission trip to Haiti to help give back to the devastated community.
When asked how the recent Music City flood had affected them, Josh said, “It hasn’t really affected us so much. We were complaining that we didn’t have a basement, but now that all of our friends’ basements are flooded, we’re kinda glad we don’t have that problem.”
So while their friends are under water, the Carter Twins are headed to Anniston for some dry land and a small glimpse of the Model City nightlife. Their father was raised here, and their grandfather served at Fort McClellan, so it’s really like a homecoming for the duo.
The twins will perfom Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Peerless Saloon. For more information, call 256-237-1899.
Kelli Johnson is a freelance writer in Gadsden.