Local music duo's video showcases South Walton

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 05:04 PM.

"The song is written from the perspective of someone who loves this area, but decided to leave," she said. "I have never left the area, so I only imagined what it would be like. Our local beaches and bayous have been the backdrop for our entire lives. The dunes and waves and miles of shoreline make such an impression, don't they? For the sake of the song's narrator, I imagined what it would be like to live somewhere else and recall the Emerald Coast ."

Gileah and Chris will be married 11 years this Valentine's Day and have three children, Clara, 8, Mercie, 5, and Timothy, 2. They've been recording music together since 2005. In 2010, Chris and Gileah started collaborating a more formal way. It's a juggling act to balance family life and a music career, Gileah said.

"We both have family in the area — both sets of grandparents and Chris has his brother and Gileah has her sister," she said. "Our families pitch in and watch the kids when we need them. We like to call our shows our 'date nights.' "

Since the video released in December 2013, the response has been "amazing," Gileah said.

"Our local friends love seeing our everyday scenery set to music, and our visiting friends are reminded of why they love spending their vacations here," she said.  

LISTENING PARTY: Join Chris and Gileah for a listening party and viewing of the "White Florida Sun" music video, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at 9961 Hwy. 30A. For a free download, visit whitefloridasun.com.

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