A group of young musicians from Mingo Junction have built a huge following in a very short amount of time.
The band Spinning Jenny is made up of the Balzano sisters, ages thirteen through eighteen.
Don’t let their ages fool you, though.
Julia plays guitar and vocals, Talia is on drums and vocals, and Angelina sings, plays bass and keyboard.
Their dad, Dr. John Belzano, also plays guitar.
They play a wide range of classic and modern rock songs. Some of their influences include Paramore, the Beatles, Weezer, and Pink Floyd.
The sisters have been playing together for four years.
Their first show was a benefit concert, opening for their uncle’s band. The show got off to a rocky start, but the girls pushed through.
“We were sick. It was our first show and we got sick. Angelina threw up. But we got through it,” the girls said.
Things got much better from there. They recently played a show in Buffalo New York in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000 people.
The also played Hoodstock at the Capitol Theatre with the legendary Wild Cherry.
“Over the years we have been trying to make our concerts more of a show. To try to really engage the audience. Every show you play you have to play like you’re in front of 10,000 people.
I always just described it as pure adrenaline. Just so much fun being on stage. Just hearing people clap their hands and you like, yeah. This is for me. This is me on stage doing something that started out as nothing and people are cheering and wanting to hear music which I think is the coolest thing ever,” the band added.
Spinning Jenny is not just a cover band. They have plenty of original material.
They have already released their first album called “Outside the Lines,” complete with their first music video for the title track.
The album is an eclectic mix of alternative rock, slower ballads, and even a touch of punk rock.
Right now, they are in the studio working second album they hope to have out some time in 2016.
Their next show will be October 24 at the Walnut Street Festival in Pittsburgh.