Ava and Lily Rashed are among 12 families still in the running on the reality TV show America's Most Musical Family. They have gained the respect and recognition of the television and the three celebrity judges and the full support of their Lebanese-Canadian musician father, David Rashed. This is the full story of their journey:
The Rashed family are citizens of Charlottetown, the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, and the county seat of Queens County. P.E.I (Prince Edward Island) is a province of Canada and one of the three Maritime Provinces. It is the smallest province of Canada in both land area and population, but it is the most densely populated.
David Rashed is of Lebanese origins and well known in his country of residence for being a member of the P.E.I. rock band Haywire, a recording band that captured a national audience in the 1980s and '90s. The keyboardist of the band back then, David is now a media producer and a recording studio owner/operator.
One of his studio's work, the David Rashed Productions, is a 2014 documentary about a Lebanese community called the Canadian Lebanese Association of Prince Edward Island. It is a Non-Profit Volunteer Organization established to promote and persevere the Lebanese culture through education and community events.
The documentary talks about the association's purposes and launching the Lebanese families in P.E.I and their journey as immigrants. The Rashed twins were present in this documentary, as they were present in many events held by the association, like the annual Lebanese levee, celebrated on New Year since 57 years ago till now.
Other than being the daughters of a musician, the twins' great grandfather was Charlie Chamberlain, a featured entertainer on Don Messer's Jubilee and a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
This explains Eva and Lily Rashed's natural talent, being of musical descent; as Eva stated: "It's always been a big part of our lives."
The twins' interest in singing started at the tender age of 2, and they started performing at the age of 10. Ava plays the piano and the guitar, while Lily plays fiddle and guitar.
They are both talented singers and write their own materials. At the age of 13, the duo performed a song of their own writing at a fundraiser at The Guild in Charlottetown.
Also at the age of 13, the girls were a part of an international campaign to fight cyber-bullying. Their song Worth It became the theme song of an app that gives tips on how to deal with cyberbullying.
David Rashed helps his daughters with instrumentation, stage presentation, producing new materials, as well as sharing with them his knowledge of the music industry. They just completed production with their father on a video called Pointless.
David and his wife Sue issued to The Guardian that they never forced a musical inclination on the twins or their siblings, Hannah and Jaron. They added that they are not surprised by Ava and Lily's path of success due to their early and non-stopping passion for creating music and performing.
David added: "Their fanbase is going to go through the roof. That, we know right away... It’s pretty awesome to see them, at 16, doing fundraisers and some big shows. People are taking notice.’’
Now, at 16 years old, the Rashed twins started their competition against 29 other families in the new Nickelodeon show called America's Most Musical Family, which was taped in August in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and is now being aired.
Their dad got to play with them in one of their performances in the show. The twins currently got to the next round and are among the 12 remaining families on the show.
Their performance of the song What If I Never Get Over You by Lady Antebellum got the praise of the judges David Dobrik, Ciara and Debbie Gibson, who said the performance was amazing and reminiscent of Dolly Parton.
The winner of the show airing every Friday on Nickelodeon gets $250,000 and a recording contract with Republic Record. Getting a recording contract would be for Ava and Lily 'a dream coming true'.
How did the twins end up on the show? Well, they posted a video of one of their performances on their Instagram, and two days later the TV studio reached out via a comment posted by a Nickelodeon casting director. The twins first thought the comment was a prank until the director reached out for the girls' mother.
Ava and Lily Rashed are just a few steps away from international exposure. Their musical talent, angelic voices, and fun personalities are a star's factors. It's always amazing discovering a talent of Lebanese origins, and this time we got lucky by discovering two at a time.
We are rooting for the twins to win the competition and fulfill their dream! Watch their great performance on the show in the video below: