RAISING DAUGHTERS is a country folk music duo featuring Josette Axne and Hallie Riddick. The two met as students attending the National Theater Institute (NTI) in 2019. Hallie, a director, and Jo, an actor, found themselves working on a variety of projects together. However, it wasn't until 2020, when they returned to NTI as apprentices that their partnership as musicians began.
After a few months being back at NTI, the two daughters were sitting down in their living room every night and building songs. Living in isolation off the coast of Connecticut, both daughters were far from home; they wrote songs to remember, idolize, criticize, and reimagine their hometowns. Their songs took on the role of a diary- traveling from past to present and interrogating their coming of age stories. Eventually they created an album filled with lullabies, anthems, and love letters to their past selves. In 2021, the pair traveled to Saint Augustine, Florida, where they finished recording their album. The two eventually named their album, GET HOME. GET HOME was released on all streaming platforms in October 2021.
The Kentucky and Colorado natives now live in New York City and have spared no time launching themselves into the new music scene. The Daughters have taken on gigs at several of New York’s most iconic venues, and have met some amazing artists and collaborators along the way. Since moving to New York in 2022, RD has been working with producer, Jason Sill, and recently released their newest single, Nor'easter, this February. They are continuing to work on a new EP to be released winter 2024.
Some of RD’s biggest inspirations are: Brandi Carlile, The Chicks, Alanis Morissette, Taylor Swift, Tracy Chapman, Liz Phair, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Nora Jones, Dolly Parton, and Indigo Girls.