Taken together, The Rosso Sisters, four half-British, half-Latina siblings, are like a walking, talking assemblage of long hair, long legs, saucer-sized eyes, and gleaming white smiles who chatter away in English accents.
Their striking looks might lead one to think they are unapproachable, but spending time with Georgina, Becky, Milly, and Lola is kind of like being around an excitable, fashion-obsessed, boy-crazy pep squad. They are vivacious and bubbly with an irresistible energy that charms everyone they meet.
That charm will serve The Rosso Sisters well as they prepare to launch their career as a pop vocal group by signing to Virgin Records, releasing their first track, the spicy, Latin-flavored “Hola Hola” (“It’s about having dating disasters, but then you see this guy, and from the second he says ‘hello,’ or ‘hola, hola,’ you’ve got a big crush,” says Becky), and touring Latin America with Demi Lovato this spring. “That is really special to us because we lived for several years in South America when we were younger,” says Georgina. “We feel such a strong connection to Latin America culture.”
Georgina, the eldest, was born in Argentina, while twins, Becky and Milly, and the youngest, Lola, were born in England. The family has lived in Argentina, Venezuela, and Colombia (the girls are fluent in Spanish), as well as in England, Louisiana, and now Los Angeles. Growing up the girls listened to their parents’ ABBA, Julio Iglesias, and Luis Miguel albums; nowadays they admire Katy Perry, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias. When The Rosso Sisters were old enough to buy their own music they gravitated toward the Spice Girls. “We would go out pretending to be them, and putting on little mini-concerts, performing the songs for our neighbors and our family,” Georgina recalls. “We made them listen to us over and over, whether they wanted to or not,” Milly adds. “We have videos of ourselves standing on moving boxes, singing into hairbrushes to the Spice Girls,” Lola says. “We loved the fact that they didn’t take themselves too seriously. And we don’t either. We’re not trying to be a sultry girl group. We’re having fun onstage and making cool music.”
To help craft their upbeat blend of sunny California harmonies, pop melodies, and tangy Latin rhythms, The Rosso Sisters are working with songwriter-producers Julian Bunetta (One Direction, Fifth Harmony), Steve Mac (Shakira, Kelly Clarkson), MoZella (Miley Cyrus), Busbee (P!nk) and others on songs that will appear on their debut album to be released by Virgin Records later this year.
“Honestly, it’s all been a bit surreal,” says Milly. “Because we moved around so much, we never thought it was possible to do something like be a real group,” Milly says. Though the girls have sung together their entire lives, it was after the family moved to Los Angeles that a career in entertainment seemed plausible. In 2009, their parents took Milly and Becky to a live taping of the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. One of the show’s executive producers spotted the angelic-looking blonde twins in the audience and approached them about auditioning to be on the show. Milly and Becky were cast in recurring roles and went on to do an episode of the spinoff The Suite Life on Deck, as well as star in the film Legally Blondes, which aired on both the Disney Channel and ABC Family.
Through their early work with Disney, a chance encounter with recording artist/actor, Joe Jonas, prompted a meeting with Kevin Jonas Sr. of The Jonas Group. This initial meeting ultimately led to a management partnership between The Jonas Group and The Rosso Sisters.
“Milly is the sweet one,” says Becky. “She’s a real girly girl. She loves skirts, chokers, and accessories, the sparklier the better. She really brings the sass in the recording studio, especially when she’s singing a song that requires a cool, fierce attitude.” Georgina is the brunette bombshell whose glamorous Sofia Vergara looks make it hard to believe she’s been unlucky in love, a running joke among the sisters. “When we need a voice with a lot of power, she brings it,” says Milly. The youngest, Lola, “looks the most harmless, but she’s actually the feistiest,” Georgina says. “If you annoy her, look out.” “That’s only with them!” Lola protests. “I’m nice to everyone else.” Lola loves hip-hop, especially Drake and Nicki Minaj. “Her style is sporty. She loves chains and snap-backs,” says Georgina. “We banned her from wearing grills,” says Milly. “Becky is by far the most laid back of the group,” says Lola. “She’s so chill. She’s always in a good mood. She is a little bit absent-minded and forgetful, but at the same time she’s a whizz on the computer! She’s a free spirit. She’s the most likely to walk around barefoot and she loves the beach.”
“We’re each other’s biggest fans,” Georgina says. “If someone else is doing well at something, we feel that happiness. And we want to let girls know that we’re going through the same stuff they’re going through. Like, I have boy troubles, and everyone has self-esteem issues at times. I know there are other girls out there who are in the same position as me. We’re not scared to talk about that stuff. We’re here to support each other and our fans!”