The sounds of sibling rivalry are a little different in the Shaw household, in Oakhurst.
Maybe because here, there is no rivalry.
“To really work together towards one goal, to really work together to be producers involved in things bigger than ourselves,” oldest sister Macy Shaw said. “So music was something that jsut came naturally to us.”
Meet the Shaws: Mom Wendy, dad Kevin, Peter, Holly, Lilly, Elley, Macy, Joshua, Daniel, Amy and Justus.
The kids, ages 4 to 23.
“We sing and play instruments, we’re the Shaws,” Macy said. “But our band name is Citizens of Glory.”
The family of 11 shares a lot.
From dinner, to faith, to a love of music; which they take everywhere they can, about 50 shows a year.
“Elley does the social media, Instagram, Lilly sets up our booth and runs our product table at the shows,” Macy said.
A few years back, the family decided to hit the road.
In a few months, dad Kevin is retiring early, and the family is touring in this.
“So these fold out into beds, so about two people sleep here, two people sleep on this couch, the table goes down into a bed,” sister Holly said. “There’s usually one or two people sleeping on the floor.”
A 38-foot RV, with all the kids, and all their stuff.
“Then we have mom and dad in here,” Justus said.
“And then we put all of our shoes here,” Daniel said, pointing to a row of cubby holes.
“And then we each have our own bin,” Elley said, motioning toward a level of cabinets, above the windows.
The Shaws even selling their home.
Parents Kevin and Wendy quiet and strong supporters. They’ve never pushed music, but say, they did want to give their kids a vision.
“Think big,” Wendy said.
“Think big, yes, and they have, and they continue,” Kevin said. “And we just kind of get out of their way sometimes.
“Whatever our next endeavor is, we’ll still be a family going through that.
“We’re just in a season now, where we’re using music.”
With each song, many original works, the family hopes to bring a song, of love.
“Just to make sure everyone knows they’re treasured, they’re loved,” Wendy said. “Seeing them do that, is just amazing.”
“We just want to know that we did our very best that we could, with the gifts that we were given,” Macy said.
The group has already recorded mutliple albums.
You can find their music on Spotify, and you can catch up with them this summer on their vlog.
Reporting in Oakhurst, Megan Rupe.
For more on the band: https://www.facebook.com/citizensofglory/
For more on the Citizens of Glory vlog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3iCYo_pNGGJIVHDjovM70Q/videos