The Pharaoh Sisters (Clayton McKenzie, Jared Meyer, Thomas Pendergrast, and Austin Pfeiffer) hail from Winston-Salem, NC. Blending the cowboy sensibilities of their Western-roots (Pfeiffer from Oregon, Meyer from Montana) with the Appalachian traditions of their new home, they use dark imagery and moody stringed instruments inspired by the foothills of the Blue Ridge.
The Pharaoh Sisters released their debut album, "Civil Dawn" in 2020. Art & Theology describes the album saying, "the biblical narrative is deeply embedded in the album, with many sideways references to specific scriptures. Topography is used symbolically throughout—fissures, canyons, mountains—and helps establish the central metaphor of Jesus as a pioneer, opening up a new frontier for us, leading us through the wilderness into the land of promise." The album led to the Pharaoh Sisters being named to the Gospel Coalition's 2020 "Quality Christian Music: 15 Artists to Watch." Describing their debut album Brett McCracken writes, "Civil Dawn, is a promising debut for a duo whose music is at home performed in a dive bar as much as on stage at the PCA General Assembly."
"[they] like thousands before them, fell sway to the music of the hills, the purity of the acoustic sound and the struggles and yearning ingrained in the lyrics of the old hymns and haunting ballads."
-The Winston-Salem Journal