Sierra Rose and Bianca Leilani (a.k.a. Red Bone Slim) were born in Fort Dodge, Iowaand the big islandof Hawaii, respectively. They are the third and fourth daughters of spiritualist Timothy Casady and artist/teacher Tina Hunter.
“As a small child,” Red writes, “I was carried in a papoose around sacred Anasazi grounds by my mother and her partner, Brook Medicine Eagle. Periods of my adolescence were spent living in a trailer on the outskirts of Joseph City, Arizona with my father. We spent our time burning ants and hunting rabbits from the burned out chassis of a station wagon. I left at fifteen owing to a feeling of alienation caused in part by my reticence toward a formal education. As soon as I was able to garner the necessary means – I sold both day-old flowers in restaurants and expired raffle tickets to the elderly – I boarded a bus north to San Francisco. I toted around soft paper copies of Genet and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness that I scarcely read.”
Less is said about the formative years of Sierra Rose. What is known is that she spent much time studying Rumi, Halal Nashids and Eurythmy. She also exhibited an innate talent for trigonometry. Speculations abound. Members of her family attest to the fact that she learned how to harness lightening so as to charge her body with electricity. By her twenty-third birthday Ms. Rose had received many accolades in Paris as a refined Soprano with a promising career ahead in the opera.
Red Bone and Ms. Rose reunited in 2003 to become Coco Rosie. Their first album, a hip hop project called Word to the Crow, was made only days before their second album, La Maison de Mon Reve. They were signed to Touch and Go Records shortly after their inaugural public performance. In 2005 their third full-length album, Noah’s Ark, was released and they are currently working on their fourth.
The some time sisters are both aspects of a north Brooklyn clan, Voodoo-Eros, which has recently surfaced to release The Enlightened Family and Diane Cluck’s Countless Times. Sierra is one half of the white-bearded metal lullaby band Metallic Falcons with Matteah Baim.