Fans of the Kepple Band can now listen to the Quincy family’s songs on Pandora. Just select “The Kepple Band Radio” and hear their music along with songs by Alison Krauss, The Wailin Jennys, Eva Cassidy, Nickle Creek, Emmylou Harris and others.
The Kepple Band is comprised of Dr. Jeff Kepple and his three daughters: Kelsey, Natalie and Claire.
They have been playing together since the girls were young and have released three CDs. The latest, “Oh My My” is the album that caught the attention of Pandora, a popular music-streaming platform.
Jeff Kepple said that he submitted it when he was updating music on another site, almost as a lark. He received an automatic response that was polite, but not very promising.
“They said that they reject the vast majority of independent artists,” Kepple said, but guaranteed him that the album would be reviewed.
“Then it went live,” he said. “It is fun to listen and you get to see all of your stats.”
Kepple can see how many people listen to their station and which songs are liked the most — listeners can give songs a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” — and currently “Why” is the most popular. He estimates that a Kepple Band song plays once in every 10 offerings.
“We have a very engaged audience,” Kepple said.
In addition to its own site, the Kepple Band’s music can be heard on other artists’ mixes.
“I am glad my dad submitted our CD,” said Natalie, 22, the middle Kepple sister. “It’s fun to see what artists Pandora pairs with our songs.”
Natalie, a cellist and singer, is scheduled to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, in the spring and plans to pursue graduate studies in the cello in the fall.
Kelsey, 25, the eldest Kepple sister, graduated from Azusa Pacific University, where she studied commercial music and the violin. While music continues to be a focus, she is also studying to obtain her bachelor’s of science in nursing.
Youngest sister Claire, 20, is in her junior year at the University of Oregon in Eugene with a double major in Latin American studies and Spanish.
Pandora is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service. Pandora plays musical selections of a genre based on the user’s artist choices. The listener can provide positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by Pandora, and the feedback is taken into account in the subsequent selection of songs to play. Pandora can be accessed either through a web browser or by downloading and installing software on the user’s device such as a computer, tablet or mobile phone.