Voice Trek

Voice Trek

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Voice Trek is a sophisticated jazz vocal group known as one of the topmost in their genre. With astonishing adaptability and inventive arrangements, they are winners of the 2005-06 McKnight Fellowship; are energetic, entertaining; and audiences ask them back time and time again!

Biography

Voice Trek has been thrilling listeners with their impeccable vocal skills since 1987. Their astonishing adaptability and inventive arrangements have defined this vocal quintet as one of the topmost in their genre. Voice Trek has traversed the Jazz landscape with ease, and like true explorers they've expanded their panorama even further with a myriad of influences to create their distinctive sound.

Though Jazz is the group's foundation, their house is "the house that harmony built." Time and again Voice Trek delivers the music and the message both in studio and on stage. Based in Minnesota, the all-original members of Voice Trek are Shelley, Vicki, and Rae Plaster - three sisters known for their dazzling vocal mix; the group's tenor, Denis Allaire, a specialist in vocal percussion and vocal instrumental sounds; and bringing up the bass is the dynamic Kevin Smith, the irreplaceable bottom line.

A multitalented prolific group with numerous CD's in their catalog, Voice Trek has recorded and received airplay in several genres. They have hundreds of performances to their credit and have appeared in performance venues around the globe - from Minneapolis to Montreal, to Montreux, and with such renowned artists as Rosemary Clooney, Janis Segal (Manhattan Transfer), and the New York Voices. They've been presented with first place awards in national vocal competitions; have won Minnesota Music Awards; garnered art grants through the National Endowment of the Arts; and recently won the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for 2005-06. Voice Trek's newly released CD "An A cappella Trek¨ is already receiving enthusiastic reviews from fans and critics alike.
With undeniable talent and ear-catching multiplicity, these premium performers bring something for every music lover to the stage. A Voice Trek performance is a performance to remember.

• Recipients of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists 2005-06.

• In Feb 2006, "An Acappella Trek" is nominated for two 2006 CARA Awards - Best Jazz Album of the Year, and Best Song of the Year

• Champions & Audience Favorites at the Chicago and National Harmony Sweepstakes Vocal Competitions.

• Winners of several Minnesota Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocal group

"Voice Trek is cut from the same tree as the Hi-Lo's and the Singers Unlimited. They have in common with those two groups a purity of voice, unassailable intonation, instinctive rhythm, and the ability to get inside the most complex arrangements and never lose their way. They are five people who understand the most beautiful sound that music has to offer, namely, that of the human voice, and have taken it to new and sublime heights. They are a must listen for anyone who has music in their heart and soul."
~ Jeremy Lubbock, Grammy Award Winning & Internationally recognized Songwriter, Arranger, and Producer.

"Treat yourself to something that will blow your mind away. Gorgeous singing, so in-tune that when they sing in unison, you can't tell there are 5 of them!¨
~ Carol Kaye, "First Lady¨ of the Bass Guitar

"Voice Trek is an amazing group. They are capable of harmonies that most vocal groups could only dream of.¨
~ Lowell Pickett, Owner of the Internationally recognized Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis

Discography

2005 An A Cappella Trek (Club House Records)
2003 Voices of Light (Club House Records)
2002 At Last (Club House Records)
2001 Voice Trek Christmas Live! (Club House Records)
2001 Harmony for the Holidays (Nature Quest Music)
2001 A Journey of the Voice - CD Sampler
1998 Voices of Light (NorthWord Music)
1997 Christmas with Angels (NorthWord Music)
1997 The Lord's Prayers (Ave Maria Press)
1996 Angels, Celestial Voices of Harmony (Music Design)
1995 Angels, Celestial Voices of Peace (Music Design)
1992 In the Spirit of Christmas (Club House Records)

Compilation projects:
2004 - Then Sings My Soul II; 100 Church Classics, Sunday Worship (Madacy Christian Music); Christmas Hymns; Christmas Joy (Genius Products)
2003 - Song of the Angels; Angels Among Us; Winter Wonderland; Spirit of America; Lullaby Whispers (Genius Product); A Brand New Day (MBC Productions); Tantum Ergo (Heartbeat Records)
2002 - The Ave Maria Collection (Heartbeat Records)
2001 - Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals (Primarily A cappella)
2000 - Keeping the Faith Alive (Heartbeat Records)
2000 - Mom's Who Cook (Baby Boom Records)
1998 - Treasures of the Heart (MBC Productions)
1997 - A cappella Christmas Party (Primarily A cappella)
1996 - The Spirit of The Season (Dayton's/Marshall Fields)

Set List

Year round Repertoire

1. Acappella In Acapulco
2. Adoro Te Devote
3. All Things Bright & Beautiful*
4. America the Beautiful
5. Beautiful Friendship*
6. Born to Be Blue*
7. Both Sides Now
8. Brown Boy*
9. Camptown Races
10. C'est Si Bon*
11. A Child is Born*
12. Chil Con Carne
13. Desafinado*
14. Don¡¦t Worry, Be Happy
15. Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen*
16. Fly Me to the Moon
17. For The Beauty of the Earth*
18. God Will Make A Way
19. How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?
20. I Hear Music
21. I'll Be Seeing You
22. I've Got You Under My Skin*
23. Jamaican Farewell
24. Johnny One Note*
25. La Fiesta*
26. Londonderry Air*
27. Last Time I Saw Jeanine*
28. Last Train to Clarksville
29. Mickey's Diner*
30. New York Afternoon*
31. Nina*
32. Nothin' You Can Do About It*
33. O Shenandoah
34. Old Folks
35. Old MacDonald
36. Quiet Nights*
37. Rock A Bye Baby
38. Rosanna
39. Sassy Samba*
40. Sir Duke
41. Spontaneous Human Combustion
42. Stella by Starlig