The Vocal Heritage Project invites you into the lives of some of the greatest jazz and studio vocal legends of the 20th and 21st centuries, tracing the evolution of vocal music and discovering what it takes to be one of the Greats. Hosted by Jay Kenton and Kate Mishkin, cousins united by a rich family legacy of professional musicians dating back to the Big Band Era, you’ll get a front-row seat to some never-before-heard moments that have defined the lives of singers whose music you’ve followed for years. We hope you are as inspired as we are by these individuals. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Kesler’s ambition and talent is nearly as broad as the Canadian sky he grew up under and he offers us an inside look into the formation and dynamics of Accent, a modern a cappella sextet who has been lauded as one of the most talented vocal groups anywhere by Hollywood composers and vocal jazz legends alike. Andrew also shares with us what it takes to be successful in the music business and where he sees vocal music heading next, as we wrap up this season of The Vocal Heritage Project.
What do you get with an autodidact who is raised in conductor’s family and on some of the most outstanding vocal jazz groups of the last 80 years? Simon Akesson, of course. Take a trip into the brilliant mind of this singer who forms part of the a cappella phenom group Accent and whose vocal range is nearly as unlimited as his creativity.
Tierney Sutton has been bringing her own approach to jazz vocals and arranging for three decades and we are all the better for it! Tierney takes us into the anatomy of approaching an arrangement differently and gives us a refreshing perspective on what it means to achieve success.
For a cappella fans from around the world, The Real Group lies on a pedestal few will ever achieve. Known for their flawless intonation, effortless blend, and impeccable arrangements that translate across cultures, the group has won fans the world over. Hear about the evolution of the group and some little-known stories from founding member, Katarina Henryson.
Bass extraordinaire Alvin Chea didn’t set out to become one of the vocal community’s most reputable sub-ledger-line singers, but he joined a quartet in college that would go on to be one of the most award-winning groups in modern history, Take 6. Alvin takes us beyond the music though, to share about a work ethic and life perspective that will lift you to your feet!
Mervyn Warren has had a prodigious talent at the keyboard and with harmony since childhood. He brought it to the fore as a member of Take 6, but his talents and influence extend well beyond. Hear how he was instrumental in shaping some of the most well-known recording projects and soundtracks in recent years and what he sees as key to enduring music.
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So enjoying this series! Would love to hear from Bonnie and Don regarding Singers Unlimited. Bill Gaither and his countless years invested in gospel male harmony(Gaither Vocal Band) would also be super interesting! Really hope you keep this great podcast series going!
Great Interview (M. Warren)
I thoroughly enjoyed your podcast with Mervyn Warren. I was a young kid when he moved to Nashville, TN in the mind to late 80’s. Take 6 would sometimes practice in the basement of my small country church. Seeing all that he’s accomplished is inspirational to say the least. Thanks for sharing his story!
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So fun to hear these stories! Seriously can’t wait to hear more episodes - hurry up! I’m home raking leaves and this is so great to gave in my ears!! Thanks for sharing this awesome stuff❤️