Nov 23 2008 by Coreena Ford, Sunday Sun
IDENTICAL twins Stephanie and Charlotte Walker had telly viewers seeing treble when they performed with pop star Duffy on the BBC’s Children in Need show.
The talented twosome — who bear a striking resemblance to the chart star — teamed up with the Mercy singer after she approached them in a Newcastle restaurant.
The 24-year-olds, from Lanchester, County Durham, have provided backing vocals for the Welsh songstress at several events since first meeting last May, and now they are on the verge of launching their own career, as electro pop act In-Stereo.
It’s not the first time the twins have enjoyed being in the limelight . . . they starred in the Sunday Sun when they were born, on different days. Charlotte entered the world at 11.52pm on Tuesday, May 22, 1984, but sister Stephanie didn’t arrive for another 13 minutes, at 12.05am on Wednesday, May 23.
Charlotte told how the collaboration with Duffy came about.
She said: “It’s been a brilliant experience and we’re hoping to do some more work with her in the future, too.
“We went to the Evolution festival in Newcastle in May and were having some food in Gusto, when Duffy came in. She saw us and started talking to us.
“Duffy is also a twin, so she thought it was really exciting that we were twins too and that we had something in common.
“We gave her one of our demos and she said she would listen to it . . . and we heard from her record company Rough Trade about a week later.”
Duffy loved her lookalikes so much they went down to London to rehearse with her and the band, then performed as backing singers for a BBC One Live Session with the star, which was screened last month.
Next came BBC’s live Children in Need show on November 14, in which they provided vocals for Duffy’s performance of Mercy, in front of millions of viewers.
Stephanie said: “It was brilliant fun, and made us more determined than ever to get into the music business. Duffy has been really nice, and she’s an amazing singer.”
The twins,both Geminis, may not share the same birthday but they are identical in almost every other way, including their choice of career.
They went to the same university to study the same degree — Westminster University, to study commercial music — and shared the same London halls of residence and flats as students before returning to Durham, where they work for the same temping agency.
Living back home with mum Pauline and dad Stuart, the pair have turned one room into a recording studio, where they can write, perform and produce all their own music.
Stephanie said: “This is what we’ve wanted to do since we were little and we work very well together. We both play the piano and clarinet, and we sang in a gospel choir when we were at university.
“We’ve been recording at Loft Studios in Newcastle, so hopefully our first EP will be released in the new year.”