Feature: Finding Harmony at Home

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Despite huge success, the Forester Sisters bid farewell to the road to focus on family and second careers.

By RANDY GRIDER

The Forester Sisters burst onto the country music scene in the mid-1980s with almost unprecedented success. The first single from the group’s self-titled album went to No. 10 on the charts. They followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits and a string of Top 10 singles. In less than a decade, their portfolio totaled 15 top 10 singles, five No. 1 hits, Top Vocal Group award and a touring schedule that spanned the United States and 35 countries.

Then almost as quickly as it started, they walked away.

I recently sat down with the Forester Sisters – Kathy, June, Kim and Christy – at the home of June near the rural New Salem, Ga., community atop Lookout Mountain where they grew up, and where they all still live within a 10-mile radius of each other.

They had completed a three-night, three-city (Chattanooga, Tenn., Fort Payne, Ala., and South Pittsburg, Tenn.) Christmas family tour just the month before. Their Landmarks of Dekalb-sponsored show at the historic Fort Payne Opera House, like the other two dates, was well received and well attended – proving the Forester Sisters’ fans haven’t gone away despite the fact their appearances are few and far between these days.

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