Camille and Kennerly Kitt
|Other names||Camille and Kennerly
|Occupation||Harpists, Actresses, Arrangers|
Camille and Kennerly Kitt are American identical twin actresses and electric/acoustic harpists, who compose, arrange, and perform as The Harp Twins. The Kitt sisters have released over 100 singles online, as well as six physical cover albums. As actresses, the Harp Twins have appeared in several films.
The twins began playing piano as children, followed by the harp in junior high school. They earned money for their first harp by taking on jobs such as babysitting and dog-walking in order to show their mom they were serious about playing the harp. Their first harp was a pre-owned lever harp.
Both sisters hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance and graduated with highest honors at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Although they were trained classically, the Kitt twins’ true musical passion is arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duets. They are also third-degree black belts in Taekwondo, and former Taekwondo instructors. While sparring, Kennerly broke two of her fingers, whereas Camille required stitches in her face as the result of a puncture wound sustained while holding a board that Kennerly was breaking; these incidents made them decide to stop practicing martial arts, focusing on the harp instead.
Camille and Kennerly comprise an internationally performing rock harp duo, commonly referred to as the Harp Twins; they are best known for their duet arrangements of contemporary songs from artists including Iron Maiden, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Guns N’ Roses, U2, Coldplay, Enya and Journey, as well as music scored for video games, films, and television. The Harp Twins have posted over 100 music videos on YouTube totaling over 100 million views with 600,000 subscribers As of August 2019. Their cover of “Stairway to Heaven” alone garnered nearly two million YouTube hits as of August 2013 and their version of “Fear of the Dark” received over 10 million views as of March 2019.
Bailey Johnson, writing at the CBS News “Feed Blog”, described their arrangement of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” as an “elegant, wistful and an excellent tribute”.Huffington Post arts reporter Mallika Rao said of their Game of Thrones theme arrangement: “Yes, there have been other attempts to cover Ramin Djawadi’s haunting tune before, but this one is now the only one.” Megan Bledsoe, in her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Harp Performance dissertation remarks that while groups like Harptallica and the Harp Twins provide a new perspective on previous instrumentation choices within these genres, she notes that “the resulting sound of these ensembles, which very closely resembles any harp duet throughout history … ultimately perpetuates the angelic, calm, feminine stereotypes of the instrument.” However, United Kingdom-based heavy metal music magazine Metal Hammer has an alternative assessment of the Harp Twins. In a “Hot New Band” feature on the Harp Twins entitled “Harp Attack”, Metal Hammer remarks: “Rather than turn their attention to obvious, classically grounded territory, The Harp Twins have made a name for themselves covering the likes of Iron Maiden, offering classics like Fear of the Dark a fascinating new lease on life.”
In October 2014, the Kitt sisters performed and represented the United States at the 8th annual World Harp Festival, in Asunción, Paraguay, which brought together more than 30 national and international artists.
Camille and Kennerly perform on Venus “Classic” Concert Grand pedal harps and Lyon & Healy “Silhouette” Electric lever harps.
Camille and Kennerly portrayed “The Merry Christians” in the film Politics of Love, directed by William Dear, and “The Marcelli Twins” in the dark teen comedy blacktino, produced by Elizabeth Avellan. Camille and Kennerly can be seen in the trailer for blacktino. Additionally, the Harp Twins had minor roles in Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn.
- Harp Attack (December 2013). Harp covers of rock and metal songs.
|1. Fear of the Dark||6:22|
|2. Send Me an Angel||4:20|
|3. Nothing Else Matters||5:33|
|4. Paint It Black||3:35|
|5. Don’t Fear the Reaper||4:19|
|6. It’s My Life||2:32|
|7. Smoke on the Water||3:33|
|8. Wish You Were Here||3:22|
|10. With or Without You||3:04|
|11. Sweet Child O’ Mine||2:36|
|12. Highway to Hell||2:21|
|13. Stairway to Heaven||4:05|
|14. Dream On||3:47|
- Harp Fantasy (December 2013). Harp covers of video game, anime, film and television soundtracks.
|1. Game of Thrones Main Title||1:48|
|2. Star Trek Main Title||2:00|
|3. Misty Mountains (From The Hobbit)||1:43|
|4. Mario: Rainbow Road / Dire Dire Docks||2:48|
|5. Doctor Who Theme||2:02|
|6. The Rains of Castamere (From Game of Thrones)||2:45|
|7. Saint Seiya: Mime’s Requiem / Abel’s Harp||2:45|
|8. The Walking Dead Theme||1:38|
|9. Final Fantasy: Prelude / To Zanarkand||3:40|
|10. Silent Hill: Promise (Reprise) / Not Tomorrow||4:56|
|11. The Legend of Zelda: Ballad of the Goddess||1:44|
|12. Hedwig’s Theme (From Harry Potter)||2:36|
|13. Skyrim Main Theme (Dragonborn)||3:04|
|14. Lord of the Rings Medley||5:14|
- Harp Attack 2 (February 2015). Harp covers of rock and metal songs.
|1. Dance of Death||7:12|
|2. Hotel California||4:57|
|3. Eye of the Tiger||2:40|
|4. The Unforgiven||4:58|
|5. Every Breath You Take||3:32|
|6. House of the Rising Sun||3:04|
|7. A Tout Le Monde||4:03|
|8. My Immortal||4:03|
|9. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)||3:39|
|11. Crazy Train||4:39|
|12. The Bard’s Song (In the Forest)||3:38|
|13. Carry On Wayward Son||3:16|
|14. Don’t Stop Believin’||2:23|
|15. Hotel California (feat. Sonido Urbano & Kevin Bartlett)||5:08|
- Harp Fantasy 2 (May 2016). Harp covers of video game, anime, film and television soundtracks.
|1. Pirates of the Caribbean||3:34|
|2. The Imperial March (From Star Wars)||1:59|
|3. Now We Are Free (From Gladiator)||2:57|
|4. Lost Woods (From The Legend of Zelda)||2:20|
|5. Big Bang Theory Theme||1:41|
|6. Elwynn Forest (From World of Warcraft)||2:24|
|7. If I Had a Heart (From Vikings)||3:10|
|8. Sailor Moon Theme: Moonlight Densetsu||3:15|
|9. My Heart Will Go On (From Titanic)||4:29|
|10. The Hanging Tree (From The Hunger Games)||3:24|
|11. My Little Pony Theme: Friendship Is Magic||1:58|
|12. Downton Abbey Theme||3:25|
|13. Into the West (From The Lord of the Rings)||4:25|
|14. Star Wars||3:31|
The Kitts have released several of their harp duet arrangements online.
- Delivery Man (2013)
- Politics of Love (2011)
- blacktino (2011)
- T is for Twine (2011)
- Super Force 5 (2010)
- Elephant Medicine (2010)
- Inside America (2009)
- The End of Lost Beginnings (2009)
- Lost Along the Way (2008)
- Camille and Kennerly’s Official Harp Website
- Camille and Kennerly’s Official Acting and Media Website
- Camille and Kennerly’s Official YouTube Channel
- Camille Kitt on IMDb
- Kennerly Kitt on IMDb