Singing sisters Jamie and Jennifer Christensen had to leave Alaska to pursue their music dreams.


The two landed in Los Angeles in 2014, where they opened a commercial recording studio and began working on their debut extended play (EP), titled “Here We Come.”


After spending months on the project, the pop duo released their EP on June 17. The hard work was worth it, the two admit, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t homesick.


“Being in California is a sacrifice,” the group wrote in an email. “We are away from our family, home and everything we know … Sometimes we want nothing more than to be back home in Alaska.”


So it was only fitting that their album release happen in Barrow, where they were born. The June event made headlines at The Arctic Sounder. Jamie was quoted explaining how her hometown neighbors help contribute to the Inupiaq culture by passing down traditions of the subsistence lifestyle. She and her sister are allowing their culture to thrive in their own way.


“For us, music is our way of providing for our community,” Jamie told The Arctic Sounder.


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Take the song “Northern Lights,” a ballad in which the duo’s Aaka (grandmother) makes a guest appearance:


I wanna dance like the Northern Lights (Northern Lights)

Will you dance with me?

Will you dance with me?

Dance like the Northern Lights

Kiuguya, kiuguya


“Ending our album with our Aaka’s voice is very important to us because we want to share our culture with the world and help keep our Inupiaq language alive,” wrote Jamie and Jenny.


The two say “Northern Lights” is not only a nod to their Alaska but also about the “highs and lows of pursuing a dream.”


For Jamie and Jenny, homesicknesses is a low they’re learning to overcome, because “no matter where we go, Alaska will always be our home,” they noted.


“Here We Come” is available for purchase on iTunes.