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Say ‘I love you’ with a song   

     On Valentine’s Day nothing says “I Love You” like a love song — especially when a quartet dressed to the nines bearing a rose sings it to that special someone in your life.
     We take all of the pressure off. You don’t have to sing like Michael Bublé or Adele. Why? Because Voices of the South will do the crooning! 
     On February 13th and 14th we will be delivering Singing Valentines in the greater Birmingham area.
     All you have to do is call and you get a quartet, dressed in tuxedos, who will deliver a personalized greeting card, a beautiful red rose, and a romantic song to your loved one.
     We will deliver your singing valentine to his/her place of work, your home, a favorite restaurant, or just about any location you can identify.
     We guarantee it will be embarrassing, or entertaining, or endearing — or perhaps, all three. A word of caution, though: We can’t fix broken relationships, however if yours is good we can help you make it golden! 
     Visit our website at voicesofthesouth.com or call 252-SING (7464) to order this unique gift. We want to help you create a memory that will last a lifetime.

Voices donates to Wings of Hope

     The Board of Directors of the Central Alabama Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society decided last fall we wanted to make a donation to Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundation from the proceeds of our Christmas show at the Lyric Theatre.
     It was Voices of the South’s pleasure to have Wings of Hope co-founder Dan Trotman speak at our Christmas show about the mission of this organization.
    Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundation is an all-volunteer organization that provides support to families in the central Alabama area that have terminally ill children. This assistance may be financial or may come in the form of services such as lawn care, errands or anything that allows parents to spend more time with their suffering child.
     Voices is pleased to announce it is donating $1,350 to Wings of Hope.
     “We are happy to be able to make this contribution to Wings of Hope and look forward to other avenues this year where Voices of the South can support such a worthwhile organization,” Chapter President Ed Wharton said. “It is an honor to be associated with your organization, and to be a part of the great service you provide to such a special group of people. We look forward to other opportunities where we can work with you in the future!
     “In addition, we are extremely grateful to the followers of Voices of the South for supporting us in this and all of our endeavors.”

 

Matt almost quit before he started
Why do you sing?

     I sing barbershop because of the sound that only comes from a cappella singing. There is nothing like hearing voices blend in harmony and ring the barbershop chord. Barbershop singing to me encompasses the camaraderie with your fellow singers as we create that unique sound.

Matt’s Stats
     My name is Matt Harris and I was born in Nashville, Tenn., on November 13, 1972. I have been married to my wonderful wife Chelsea for a little over a year and we live in Trussville with our two dogs, Hersh and Atticus. I am a realtor with Remax Marketplace. My email is: harrisrmatthew@gmail.com
 
Barbershop Experience?
     I started singing in church when I was a kid. I sang tenor in my church choir in high school and bass in my college chorus.
 I started singing barbershop when I was in Huntsville, Ala., with the Rocket City Chorus in 2012. Then I started singing with Voices of the South in 2013 when I moved to Birmingham.    
 
An Anecdote …
     The first time I got on stage to perform with a barbershop quartet is not an experience I'll soon forget. I was singing with a quartet from Huntsville  at a Dixie District coaching weekend. We were not aware that we would be expected to perform that evening for the other quartets and choirs attending the event. We got up to sing “For the Longest Time.” I made it through the first two verses, then I totally blanked on the words of the rest of the song. I looked at the other guys. “We’re done,” I said as I walked off the stage. At that moment I thought I would never sing with a quartet in public again, but that didn't last long. I sang with three awesome guys from Voices of the South as Steel City Four. It was worth all the nervousness after we won the novice quartet division at our district competition, which has been the highlight of my short barbershop career.  

 
Voices installs 2017 officers
               The 2017 officers of the Central Alabama Chapter were installed at a dinner for chorus members and their significant others at Rojo on Highlands Avenue on January 21st.
               “We had a great turn-out,” President Ed Wharton said.
               Here’s the slate: Ed Wharton, president; Tom Brown, secretary; Larry Jones, treasurer; and Karl Turner, immediate past president. Three vice presidents were also installed: Daniel Hipps, Music and Performance; Linc0ln Parrott, Chapter Development and Membership; and Frank Holmes, Marketing and Public Relations. Dennis R. Jones, was installed as a Board Member At-Large.
               Following the get-together and the introductions of the officers by Ed Wharton the attending chorus members broke into song. “Hallelujah” had the Rojo hostess in tears.
               It was a fun night! Everyone of the officers is serving in the same post for a second year. That is, with the exception of Larry Jones, who has been the treasurer of the group “forever.”
 
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