Sibling Mannings Team Up In Boomkat

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Sibling acts and pop music have often gone hand in hand. DreamWorks recording act Boomkat looks to put its own spin on that tried-and-true formula with its debut, "" Due April 8, it is a collection of hip-hop-inspired soul-pop, crafted by the brother/sister duo of Kellin and Taryn Manning.

Entertainment runs in the Mannings' blood: Their father was also a musician, and Taryn received her first break via acting. She has starred in films such as "crazy/beautiful" with Kirsten Dunst, "Crossroads" with Britney Spears, and "8 Mile" with Eminem. The 23-year-old has also appeared on the small screen via two popular Gap ads -- one with Tweet, the other with Marianne Faithfull -- singing the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There."

"Taryn is a multi-talented person," DreamWorks marketing manager Jed Simon says. "Not only [is she] a state champion kickboxer, dancer, and actress, but she is also an amazing singer/songwriter."

Taryn's recent turn in "8 Mile" resulted in some bonus exposure for Boomkat when Eminem heard one of the duo's songs. "The group's 'Wastin' My Time' ended up in Eminem's CD player, and he chose it for the soundtrack," Simon says.

Boomkat's music was also featured on an episode of "Boston Public" in which Taryn starred. Boomkat tracks have also been placed in "Alias," "The Hot Chick," and "Fastlane." The duo returns to the small screen April 11 to perform on NBC's
"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

The release of "" was heralded by the single "The Wreckoning" (released commercially March 4), which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. DreamWorks has issued several remixes of "The Wreckoning," including one DJ Quick, and another by Thunderpuss & DJ Monk, which recently topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

With the album's release around the corner, Taryn and Kellin are finally realizing their dreams. "My brother has always believed that this was going to happen," Taryn says of recording their debut. "After we recorded 'Wastin' My Time' and 'The Wreckoning,' he knew. I wasn't so sure. I don't believe things until I see them for myself. Making the video [for "The Wreckoning"] made it official for me. I'm so glad the album is finally coming out. It's been done so long that we're ready to do the next album."

However, success has had its drawbacks. With their music careers taking off, Taryn has had to put her equally burgeoning film career on hold. "I still audition here and there, just because I'm a competitive person," she says. "I want to make sure that I keep my skills up. I also know that after this project, I'll have time for films. I haven't made that much of a name for myself [in film] yet, but I'm really passionate about it."

Boomkat is planning a summer tour and is lining up appearances at such summer radio fests as KKRZ Portland's 20th anniversary show and KIIS' Wango Tango.

Excerpted from the April 12, 2003, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Premium Services section.

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