Schankman Twins, The


  • From Calabasas, California (San Fernando Valley).
  • A bluegrass/country duo featuring Identical twins Dana (banjo) and Lauren (fiddle).
  • They both played the role of “Heather” on the CBS TV soap opera “Young and the Restless.”
  • Their first “bluegrass” influence: a Donald Duck and Goofy record with “Dueling Banjos” on it.
  • Dana won the Topanga Banjo contest and the New York City banjo contest, both at age 14.
  • They began performing bluegrass music professionally when they were 16 years old (1996).
  • 1996, released Duality album (City West).
  • An early highlight of their musical career was performing with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
  • 2002, graduated from UCLA, both majoring in ethno-musicology.
  • 2002, signed with Rounder Records.
  • 2004, released an album (country) Malibu Storm under the name Malibu Storm.
  • 2010, after a five-year hiatus from music to marry and have children, they returned to performing and recording as Dana and Lauren. First single: a cover of Tupac Shakur’s “California Love.”