Kacey and Jenna Thunborg, 16-year old twins from Lemitar, New Mexico, have been performing in front of audiences since they were eight years old. Jenna is the main vocalist (and yodeler) for the duo while Kacey provides harmonies and instrument accompaniment (guitar, trumpet, and ukulele.) Kacey has recently ventured into songwriting. The twins released their first CD entitled "Simply Western" in 2019.
The twins got their start in classic western music through Mariam Funke, award-winning instrumentalist and member of the group "The Cowboy Way." The girls have been have studying under Mariam’s guidance and mentorship for over eight years.
The International Western Music Association (IWMA) awarded Kacey and Jenna the 2019 and 2017 "Youth Harmony Duo of the Year". They also received a top five nominee spot for the 2021, 2019 and 2018 IWMA Liz Masterson Crescendo award. Kacey was nominated by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) as "Young Artists 2020". Both Kacey and Jenna were nominated by the AWA as “Young Artists 2021”.
In 2021, the girls performed at the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, first annual New Mexico Tech Women Fest, Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Virtual Conference, Arizona Folklore Preserve, as well as at numerous virtual and in-person events throughout the year. This year they were selected to sing the National Anthem at the 2021 New Mexico State Fair Rodeo. Ahead of this year's IWMA Convention, the girls will be producing, managing and performing at the IWMA New Mexico Chapter sponsored Youth Showcase.
The girls live on a working farm helping tend to the family livestock and farm chores. They are members of WMA Youth Chapter. The duo are members of the Fort Worth Cowtown Opry Buckaroos. Kacey is a volunteer with "Bugles Across America." Both girls are members of their high school Speech and Debate and Golf teams.
Kacey and Jenna can't wait to see what the future brings as their musical journey continues.