Spread a little cheer this Holiday Season. Join VOICES of Kentuckiana at Nowhere Bar on Thursday, December 11 starting at 5:30 for Happy Hour drink specials including $2 domestic beers and $5 Bulleit Bourbon drinks. Sarah Jordan from 102.3 The Max will lead us on our Caroling adventure starting at 6:30 as we bring joy and music to local businesses and restaurants along Bardstown Road and Baxter Ave. Then it’s back to Nowhere bar for more drink specials and munchies! We can’t do it without you so make plans to sing your hearts out with VOICES. Together we sing!
Meet our VOICE of the Week, Rainbow! Rainbow’s been singing with us since 2006, and we just love her positive outlook on life and passion for music! We took a few moments to get to know her a little better, and we can’t wait to share our conversation with you!
Rainbow got involved with VOICES when a non-singing member took notice of her love of music. “I hadn’t sung for almost a decade,” says Rainbow, “and I didn’t realize how badly I needed that back in my life. VOICES has given me so many opportunities to express myself through performance, and I’m grateful for the growth I’ve experienced in the last eight years!” We’ve been so grateful for Rainbow’s involvement, as she’s a constant advocate for social change and community.
“I really admire Mary Spencer for her talent and vocal ability, section leadership, positive outlook on challenges, and her relationship with her son,” says Rainbow. “She always has a smile, is prepared to help, and is a great role model for the younger generation––and me!” Relationships like these make community building and social outreach a joy, and make stepping out on stage to entertain audiences that much easier!
So what is Rainbow’s favorite memory of her time so far with VOICES? “I love performing Ella’s Song with Inner VOICES at home and at the 2012 GALA in Denver, Colorado,” Rainbows says. Those were meaningful moments for us as well! If you don’t know Rainbow yet, why not take some time to get to know her at this weekend’s rehearsal?
Last weekend we had a chance to catch up with a few of our Fresh VOICES, singers who are brand new to VOICES of Kentuckiana or are returning this semester after a hiatus. We had a great time getting to know these wonderful folks, and can’t wait to share the stage with them in December for our winter program, Holiday Magic!
First up was Thomas Edison (really his name!) who comes to us from Baltimore. Thomas has been singing for thirty years, but his upcoming performance in Holiday Magic will be his first time performing with a group. After hearing about VOICES from a friend with the Baltimore Men’s Chorus, Thomas decided to join VOICES when he moved to Louisville because he wanted to meet like-minded people with a passion for music and the arts. “I’m happiest when I’m able to express myself creatively,” says Thomas. “But my number one goal with VOICES is to become a visible example of the power of LGBTQ groups to touch people’s hearts.”
Next we met Autumn Norwood, whose family swears she’s been singing since she could make noises. Autumn began singing with a group back in middle school, and with encouragement from friends and family decided to join VOICES because she wanted to sing in a chorus again. “This seemed like the right group, very welcoming and encouraging,” says Autumn. When she’s not singing, Autumn enjoys a good book and says she’s inspired to sing by the people around her. “I’m really looking forward to the overall experience,” says Autumn. Holiday Magic will be Autumn’s first time performing with a group since high school, and we can’t wait to join her on stage!
Finally we caught up with Morgan Houlette, a veteran of choral singing and welcome addition to the VOICES family! “A good friend of mine, Lorna, encouraged me to start singing again,” says Morgan. “She thought that joining VOICES would be a great idea!” Morgan loves Christmas music and can’t wait to share some of her favorite tunes with audiences for our winter program. “I’m excited for new, unique music as well,” she says. Many people have inspired Morgan to pursue singing. “My old chorus teacher, and my mom and dad are among the biggest inspirations,” Morgan says. “Most recently, my girlfriend inspired me to sing. She always supports me and encourages me to sing. She knows how much I truly love it.”
Make plans now to attend Holiday Magic on December 6 and 7 at the Clifton Center Eifler Theatre! More information and tickets available here.