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Voices makes Valentines Day special
     “I had the most fun I've ever had delivering singing valentines,” Tony Ivey, a long-time member of Voices of the South said the day after Valentine’s Day. “Facebook and Twitter are full of videos that were shot while we sang.”
    Voices had a very successful Valentine’s Day campaign this year. Five quartets delivered more than 70 singing valentines over the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday campaign. 
    The quartets, which in some cases grew into septets and octets, traveled all across the Birmingham area delivering joy, amusement, embarrassment and fun. 
    One quartet worked on Sunday, February 12, to deliver a few special requests. Another spent Monday, February 13, delivering about a dozen more requests. On Valentine’s Day four quartets were out working all day and into the evening. Each of those four delivered about a dozen valentines.
    It took two chorus members to “man” the phones and dispatch quartets on Valentine’s Day. 
    “I hope everyone had a wonderful Singing Valentine's week,” Director Matt Powell said. “I’ve heard some great stories about some great memories you guys have created.”
    “We got to sing to a couple of second-grade teachers. Yes, it was in front of their students,” Dennis Jones, a Voices member said. “What a special moment for those 7-year-olds. The teachers, and all of their fellow teachers peering in the door, loved it.”
    “Many Barbershop chapters would kill to have the percentage of participation that we do!” Ivey said. “Voices Of The South continues to set the example as the statesmen and gentlemen of Dixie.” (That’s the Dixie District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.)
    Next February, think Valentine’s Day — chocolate, roses and, perhaps, a tuxedoed, dressed-to-the-nines quartet singing “Heart of My Heart, I Love You” or “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to your dearest. Look for our signs: “Singing Valentines, 252-Sing.”
    Voices of the South wants to make your Valentine’s Day special.

Voices, Silver Lining to compete
at Dixie District Spring contest

     The Dixie District Spring Convention is returning to the beautiful Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., on March 17, 18 and 19. Voices of the South and Silver Lining will both be on-stage to compete.
     Scheduled events at the three-day convention include the International Quartet Preliminaries, the Dixie Chorus Championship and the Youth Quartet Contest.
     Voices of the South, under the direction of Matt Powell, will sing two songs on Saturday for the panel of judges. The 32-man chorus will sing, “It Rained Last Night” and a piece they’ve not sung before in contesting, “Shine.”
     They will compete against about a dozen other choruses from around the Dixie District.
     Silver Lining, Central Alabama’s registered quartet, will sing two songs as they compete in the preliminaries on Friday night. If they make the top 10 quartets they will compete with two different songs on Saturday night. Daniel Pitts, lead; Ed Wharton, bass; Alex Garrison, tenor; and Matt Powell, baritone, perform as Silver Lining.
     If you’d like to take the short hike up to Huntsville, Voices of the South and Silver Lining would love to hear you screaming for us at the convention. Tickets are available at the door.

Alex has always been a 

tenor, apparently it’s easy!

Why do you sing?

     I sing barbershop music because I enjoy spending quality time with like-minded people. It’s fun being able to have the time to make something beautiful!

Alex’s Stats

     My name is Alexander C. Garrison. I was born May 21, 1993. My family and I moved to Panama City, Fla., from Albany, Ga., when I was 10 years old. So I grew up in Panama City. We lived there until I was 17 when we moved to McCalla, Ala. I went to elementary, junior high and high school in Panama City. I started college at Jefferson State Community College with a full tuition choir scholarship. After two years I transferred to the University of Alabama, where I majored in accounting. I graduated in December 2015.
     I began dating Brittany Thomas in 2012. She and I were engaged in late February. Brittany was one of the main reasons I joined Voices of the South. She and Daniel Hipps’ wife, Morgan, knew each other. It was at their wedding that I decided to join Voices. I now work as an accountant in the Birmingham area. You can email me at Oh, by the way, I’m an avid tennis player.

Barbershop Experience?

     I started singing in the choir in 10th grade at Bay High School in Panama City. I also sang in an a cappella choir in high school. While at Jeff State I sang in the choir as well. I always sang second tenor in the choral sense so being able to sing higher in barbershop has been a lot of fun for me! I started singing barbershop with Voices of the South around June 2015. I’m a tenor.

Why Barbershop?

     “There is no bad day that can’t be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple,” Aldous Huxley once said.

An Anecdote …

     It happened at the Dixie District Fall Convention and Competition in Atlanta. Our quartet, Silver Lining, was being coached by the judges following our performance on stage…. Apparently there isn’t much for a tenor to do to be a good tenor because the judges had nothing to say to me that would help me become a better singer. Apparently, the other three parts in our quartet had a lot to work on! Both of our judges focused on bass, lead and baritone, not tenor. They also told me I did a great job as a barbershop tenor. Go figure.


Recent visitors
     We love to have guests drop in on Monday night rehearsals. 
     We were happy to have had five visitors come to see us and sing with us over the past months.
     Our visitors included, Keith Geiger, Fultondale, Ala.; Andrew Guess, Hoover, Ala.; Kyle Snook, Nashville, Tenn.; James Pennington, Nashville, Tenn.; and Keith Lowry, Bessemer, Ala.
     Thank you for visiting. We hope to see you again!

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