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In a world where miraculous vocals and incredible harmonies come few-and-far-between, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to double the ear-pleasing sounds? Enter Philadelphia-based sister duo Ayana and Ayinke Hipps — formally, and collectively, known as AAries…

For Ayana and Ayinke, growing up in the Baptist church meant beginning to sing at an early age, and before the pursuit of a musical career even entered their minds, the two were already no strangers to gospel or classical music. Throughout their teens and early twenties, they worked steadily on Philadelphia’s “new jack” circuit, finding themselves becoming fast musical soulmates with the likes of fellow Philly artists Jill Scott, The Roots and, of course, Musiq. “We started at Blue Funk and we participated in all the Philly venues,” says Ayana. “Everyone was just giving off what they had to give, so we were a part of that same class, continuing the tradition of soul music.”

In 1998, the duo’s management team, Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps (aka/Mama’s Boys), began a more intense working relationship with Musiq — so much so that, by the time Musiq released his debut album Aijuswanaseing, AAries had already been touring with him as back-up singers. With their distinctive songbird vocals, AAries were subsequently featured on Musiq’s hit, “Girl Next Door” — a twist of fate that further led to Ayana’s stunning, on-screen cameo appearance in the video version of the song.


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  • lovnlife

    love Don't Give It Up

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jeffreeh

    love their version of Chrisette Michele's 'All I Ever Think About Is You'

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • judsdragon

    first came across these ladies way back in 2000 on Musiq Soulchild's Aijuswannasing album and im still waiting for an album by them. something is seriously wrong with the industry when talents like these have no album but britney pops another piece of drivel out that nobody wants

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Jemiea

    I second that, even though its a year later

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • erogenousjones

    these girls are SO SLEPT ON!!!

    15 Aug 2008 Reply

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