HomeSwingle Singers Announce Fan-Funded 50th Anniversary Album

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The Swingle Singers have announced a PledgeMusic drive for fans to support their 50th anniversary album.
 
The #swingle50 project allows fans of the legendary vocal group to claim exclusives ranging from signed lyric sheets to voice lessons and even the chance to sing backing vocals on the album. 10% of anything raised over the Swingles’ funding target will go to music charity Nordoff Robbins.
 
In the video accompanying their pledge campaign, the Swingles describe the project as “a tribute to our 50 years, a celebration of the human voice, and a kickstart to our next half-century.” Featuring original songs and collaborators from across the musical map, the new record is a journey into uncharted sonic territory for the Swingle Singers. The group are working with producer Jon Cotton, whose credits include the Ivor Novello-winning ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews, and albums by Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Jo Hamilton. Recording is underway at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove studios in west London, and Poseidon studios in Birmingham.
 
The five-time Grammy winners shot to fame in 1963 with their jazz scat interpretations of J.S. Bach classics. They have endured through half a century of music history, with a regularly evolving line-up and repertoire.  Today’s seven young and versatile voices are driven by the innovative spirit that defined the original group, setting a benchmark for fresh, bold, exciting vocal music.
 
The anniversary album will be the second Swingle Singers record released in 2013. The first, Weather To Fly (to be released this summer) brings together favourites from the group’s current a cappella repertoire, from Turkish folk to Astor Piazzolla to Beyoncé. Recorded in Italy by Erik Bosio of the vocal group Cluster, and mixed by Grammy winner Bill Hare, Weather To Fly combines the excitement of a Swingles performance with high-octane production.
 
The #swingle50 campaign runs until 2 August. The first tracks from the project will be released this autumn, ahead of the album release in December.

For more information & photographs contact the group via: admin@swinglesingers.com

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The Swingle Singers’ performances have taken them from La Scala to Ronnie Scotts, from the soundtracks of Sex and the City to Glee. The group have won 5 Grammy Awards and released over 50 recordings. Their discography includes Ferris Wheels with unique arrangements of songs by Björk, Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, Sting and the Beach Boys. Their adaptability across the musical spectrum has resulted in many opportunities for collaboration, most recently with Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. The late Luciano Berio was one of the first composers who recognised in the sound an opportunity to explore the combination of amplified voices and acoustic instruments. The group to continue to perform his Sinfonia with orchestras around the world, next with Marin Alsop and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. More recent commissions have been penned by such names as British Jazz legend John Dankworth, Michael Nyman, French composer Pascal Zavaro, and Berio's protégé, Azio Corghi.
 
The Swingle Singers present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital and welcomes some of the finest international talent of the a cappella world.

Pledge Music was launched in 2009 to help artists reach out to their fans and supporters to financially contribute to projects. It has been used by many notable artists, including Ben Folds Five and Martha Wainwright.

The Swingle Singers are:
Sara Brimer • Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson • Clare Wheeler
Christopher Jay • Oliver Griffiths • Edward Randell • Kevin Fox

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