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SHeDAISY is da bomb. They're hip . . . all that and a bag of chips . . . one of a kind . . . a sensation.

And they know it.

How, you ask, do the darlings of Magna — Kristyn, 30; Kelsi, 25; and Kassidy Osborn, 23 — know that they've made it? After all, the country-singin' K-sisters — who will be playing a benefit concert at the Capitol Theatre Monday — have only released one album, "The Whole SHeBANG" (Lyric Street Records), thus far.

Well, it's quite simple, really. They know they've reached star-status because people are already making things up about them. Not people from Magna or their current hometown of Nashville, Tenn., mind you, but people from muckraking magazines like the Globe and The National Enquirer.

"I started getting calls from Salt Lake from people who were worried about me because I had been bitten in my face by a brown recluse spider and they'd heard they were going to amputate it," Kristyn said, before breaking out giggling. "I mean, c'mon! Amputate what — my face?"

Breathe easier, SHeDAISY fans — Kristyn is doing just fine. She still has her face — though it was also reported by the same magazines that part of it (her face) was busy talking smack to SHeDAISY's competitor, the Dixie Chicks, at the CMA Awards last May.

"They said we had a huge cat fight," Kristyn said.

Well, almost. Kristyn and her sisters did introduce themselves to members of the Dixie Chicks. There wasn't a cat fight as reported, however, but there was some good-hearted conversation between the competitors-turned-friends.

"The funny thing is we did meet them (Dixie Chicks) and they were very nice," said Kassidy, who's changed her hair color from blonde to brown so all the girls' hair colors will be unique (blonde, brown and red). "(The gossip) keeps things exciting, I guess."

Monday night at The Capitol Theatre, SHeDAISY (pronounced "shuh-daisy," meaning "my sisters") fans will get to see if Kristyn's head is all right or if Kassidy and Kelsi are black-and-blue from their phantom fight. The group is coming home, so to speak, to perform a benefit concert on behalf of the Utah Food Bank. The performance begins at 7:30.

"I remember in elementary our school supported the program, and we were involved then," Kassidy said. "But we've been away from Salt Lake so long that we thought this was a good opportunity to support the community — and to sneak home for a few days."

Nearly 2,000 tickets were distributed by the Utah Food Bank to anyone bringing a donation of at least $5 to the Salt Lake Buzz game on Aug. 14. A silent auction for an autographed Reba McEntire guitar was also held to raise money. Nearly $8,000 in cash and 1,600 pounds of canned food have been donated so far.

"Anytime you bring awareness to something important is a service that's well-needed," Kelsi said.

And what better way to do so than with a performance from Utah's own SHeDAISY?

Since moving to Nashville 12 years ago, the drop-dead-gorgeous sisters have had anything but the time of their lives. They've taken turns working in the local mall, been dropped by one recording company after another and have taken classes to learn the ins-and-outs of the country music business.

Fun? Hardly!

A few years ago, however, Lyric Street Records signed them on, and soon thereafter, "The Whole SHeBANG" was released. Nashville's newest stars were born — finally.

"It's been a process," said Kristyn, who wrote or co-wrote every song on the album. "It's been a large sacrifice on our family's part and our part, because we're so family-oriented and have had to be away from them all the time."

Said Kassidy, the lone sister yet to be married: "It's been a life-cell adjustment, but obviously it's paid off. It just took awhile."

Since "SHeBANG's" release over a year ago, the trio's debut album has sold over a million copies. It's currently No. 6 on Billboard Magazine's Top Country Albums, where it has spent 66 comfy weeks, and the cut "I Will . . . But" has spent 33 weeks on the magazine's Hot Country Singles list.

The country music industry also has its eye on the newcomers. SHeDAISY has been nominated for a Grammy, an American Music Award, an Academy of Country Music Award, a TNN Award and a CMA award.

If that isn't enough, Magna's sweethearts have been on the cover of numerous magazines and newspapers from around the country and even appeared on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," among others.

"We waited for the explosion for a long time," said Kristyn, "but we know that slow and steady wins the race."

If they ever feel their heads reaching Goodyear blimp-size proportions, SHeDAISY's parents are always just a phone call away and their words are like sharp needles to their egos, the group says. The elder Osborns still reside in little-old Magna. "They refuse to move," Kristyn said.

With a unique Christmas album "Brand New Year" set to be released Sept. 26 ("You'll recognize the song's names but not the songs — we wanted it that way," said Kristyn") and another country album on the way, a trip to the moon seems like the only thing that's left to do for the sisters — but they don't agree.

"There's so much more to accomplish," Kassidy said, adding that they haven't toured yet, though they can't wait to. "We're just getting started."

These country girls from small-town U.S.A. will go far — that is, if they can keep their heads from being amputated.


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