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Closer Look Summer Indie Artist Spotlight: The Txlips Band

The TxLips Band, left to right,: Dara Carter on keyboard, Maria Montgomery on bass and
Gabriella Logan on guitar and lead vocals. Not pictured drummer, Monique
Williams.
The TxLips Band, left to right,: Dara Carter on keyboard, Maria Montgomery on bass and Gabriella Logan on guitar and lead vocals. Not pictured drummer, Monique Williams.
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Ask the members of the Atlanta-based fusion indie female rock band The TxLips what their sound is all about and frankly it can be summed up with the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic.

>> Check out more from Closer Look’s Summer Indie Music Series here.

“I feel like black women are often placed inside of a box in the music industry and it usually has to do with being hyper sexualized, so we wanted to showcase all the different facets of black women that exist,” says band founder Gabriella Logan. “We each have our individual experience through music, and our individual style, and we come together to bring something magical – black girl magic.”

Logan adds that playing rock and performing on stage allows a release of energy.

All of The TxLips have various musical backgrounds. Keyboardist Dara Carter, a Closer Look Summer Indie Music Series alumna, is a solo artist. Carter calls The Txlips experience, ‘awesome’.

Bassist Maria Montgomery says playing with The Txlips allows an open and free experience that is different from the many years she spent playing jazz, classical and funk.

“I’m writing a lot more new music now,” says the Clark Atlanta University graduate who studied under famed CAU director Dr. James Patterson.

The band’s chemistry goes beyond being accomplished individual musicians – The TxLips is a sisterhood that helps the band in creating music.

As for the band name, The TxLips, like the flowers are diverse and represent feminine energy and power.