Lansing Educational Foundation will host a benefit concert featuring Makenna & Brock with Leavenworth native Taylor Lynn Cullen as the opening artist, June 16 at Lansing High School Football Stadium.

Lansing Educational Foundation will host a benefit concert featuring Makenna & Brock with Leavenworth native Taylor Lynn Cullen as the opening artist, June 16 at Lansing High School Football Stadium.
VIP Tent 5 p.m. – 6 -p.m.; box office opens at  5:30 p.m.; general admission gates 5:45 p.m.; performance 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Rainout location: Lansing High School gymnasium.
General admission and student tickets 50 percent off. So, adult tickets are $10; student tickets are $5. In this Q5, band members Makenna & Brock talk about the upcoming concert.

1. Makenna and Brock, how did you get into the music business and how did you meet and and decide you would like to perform together? How long have you been together?
 We originally met and started working together in 2007.  We both tried out for a local theatre production of "Oklahoma," where we were cast in opposite leading roles as Laurey and Curly.  We quickly discovered a mutual interest in country music and started writing our own songs. 
We didn't take things too seriously until after we got off of The X Factor in 2011.   
That was a huge turning point in our career.  We decided after the show to put together a band and began touring all of the country. 

2. What have been the highlights of your music career so far?
The X Factor was certainly one of the biggest highlights and biggest learning experiences of our career.  Apart from that we had the opportunity to tour with The PBR singing the National Anthem in 2014.  The best and most fulfilling thing we've done recently was getting to partner with St. Jude's on the 2017 release of our single "Angels."

3. What was it like when you got your big break when you were selected as top 12-group finalists on the American version of Simon Cowell’s hit TV show, The X Factor?
That moment was very surreal.  We were so young and really just getting started with our music careers. We had no clue what we were doing or even who we were as artists yet.  We honestly don't remember much of the audition itself because we were so nervous.   Overall, it was an incredible experience and opened more doors than we ever could have imagined.  Simon and the rest of the judges had some great advice for us, advice that we still put to good use today. The biggest benefit of the show for us was coming away knowing more about who we were as artists and what path we wanted to take.
 

4. With the international recognition that has been generated through your music and national touring, what have you learned about the country music scene and what is your number-one goal? Where do you get your inspiration for your music?
We have learned that country music is always changing, and that there is room for more than one type of country music on the radio.  Our biggest goal is to be able to inspire and help people through our music.  Music truly is powerful. When we started writing we wrote about anything and everything.  Our inspiration now mostly comes from the people around us.  We often write about a situation someone is going through. 

5. Why is it important for you to perform at the Lansing Education Foundation fundraiser and ensure that kids get quality education?
We both had the opportunity to go to great schools with great educational systems.  We did not realize then that our educations would play a significant role in our career as musicians. We utilize the basic skills that we learned in school daily, in a career field that most do not see as needing much education. 
Our education has been fundamental in helping us write and look over contracts, write lyrics to songs and conduct daily business. 
It is important to us to make sure that future generations have that same opportunity to learn those skills.
— Rimsie McConiga