Listen Up!

April 7, 2010

Presenting the amazing Fairfield Four! They’ve been together for decades, and their blend is effortless. They’ve also got Isaac Freeman, who’s one of the best bass singers who ever lived. Watch the audience (a gathering of Southern Gospel singers) in the background; they’re so excited that it’s infectious!

If you ever get the chance to sing a cappella harmonies with other people, take it, because harmony singing is one of the best ways to be with people that exists. Singing is good for your heart, your brain, your mood, your lungs, and your emotions!

I grew up in a musical family and learned harmonizing as a toddler. When I was 13, I was in an a cappella quartet with my sister Jennifer and our friends Lisa Kleinberg and Becky Wilson. We sang Boswell Sisters, Andrews Sisters, Manhattan Transfer, Black gospel, doo wop, and girl group stuff. I arranged my first song for the four of us (it was a four-part version of Chains by the Cookies).

I still teach a cappella singing, and I still arrange harmonies, but right now, I don’t have a group, so I keep my ear sharp by listening to the greats. The Fairfield Four has been around for over 80 years, and no matter how many singers come and go, they’ve always got a tight, emotive, rhythmic, and gorgeous sound.


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