A proud Centerville grandparent recently got to watch her twin granddaughters, Juli and Jerri Gravett, perform with Kenny Rogers at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa.
Beth Withrow, of Centerville, is the grandmother of the seven-year-old twins from Bloomfield, who were chosen as two of five child singers who joined Rogers on stage during his Dec. 20 performance.
According to the girls’ mother, Beth Gravett, Juli and Jerri had previously performed in the OCC players September production of The Little Mermaid at the Bridgeview Center and when the Rogers show said they wanted five local children to perform in their show, the Gravett twins were at the top of the list.
The girls were part of the meet and greet and got to chat with Rogers as well. When he realized they were twins, he told them they should meet his nine-year-old identical twin sons some day as well.
Juli and Jerri sang in four or five songs throughout the show and had a lot of fun, according to their mother. They don’t really have stage fright in front of large audiences and have good stage presence, which is why they were thought of for the Rogers show in the first place.
The girls’ grandmother also said the twins have been singing since they were two years old, in church, at family reunions, in school productions, at the Bridgeview Center and even recording songs at Minds Ear Music recording studio in Bloomfield at the age of two.
Juli and Jerri have one older brother, Justin, 12. Their parents are Beth Gravett and Jered Gravett. They are the granddaughters of Beth and Randy Withrow, Kevin Gravett, Ellen and Mark McKeel and Edwin and Kathy Penrod.