Arts in Context

3 Austin sisters play empowering role in local music scene

3 Austin sisters play empowering role in local music scene

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As sisters, Tiffany, Tori, and Sophia Baltierra are Austin natives and alums of the Ann Richards School for Girls. As The Tiarra Girls, they are three time Austin Music Award winners and on a mission to be a voice for those who can't be one for themselves. 

Though they grew up listening to Selena ("We watched her movie thousands of times," says Tiffany), the sisters were introduced to music in part by their DJ father. Each sister eventually took up an instrument in school, later joining together as The Tiarra Girls.

"Growing together as a family band, we found similarities in our stories," says Tiffany. "And our dad kind of introduced us to the different genres we experiment with ... we were surrounded by all these different kinds of music."

More than just being a voice for the disenfranchised, The Tiarra Girls want to be a force for change within the Austin community. "We want to create more representation for the Latinx community in Austin and the Austin music scene," says Tori. "I think that will help the city flourish."

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The Tiarra Girls
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