New York Voices
New York Voices is the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Like the great vocal groups that have come before, such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, they have learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels. Their interests are rooted in jazz, however Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences are often included with equal creativity and authenticity.
The group was formed in 1987 by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox and Sara Krieger. Darmon, Peter, Kim and Caprice attended Ithaca College in NY and were part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festivals in the summer of 1986. As a result of this exciting experience, the idea of forming a professional group was born. In 1989 they signed their first record deal with GRP and released their self-titled debut album, New York Voices. The group received rave reviews and quickly gained domestic and international recognition in the jazz world. From 1989 to 1994, they released four CDs on the GRP Label, New York Voices, Hearts of Fire, What's Inside, and Collection.
While recording for GRP, they underwent two personnel changes: in 1992, Sara Krieger retired her chair, and after auditioning over 60 vocalists from across the U.S., the group found Lauren Kinhan. There was an immediate chemistry in fit and sound, allowing the group to make a smooth transition and quickly become the "new" New York Voices. Lauren's first musical contributions can be heard on NYV's third CD, What's Inside, released in May of 1993. In early 1994, Caprice Fox left the group, establishing NYV in its current quartet format.
Besides their own CDs, NYV has made many guest appearances on recordings and live appearances that have earned them critical acclaim and demand in a variety of musical settings. You can find their performances on such CDs as their Grammy Award-winning collaboration Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices, Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG Records), the contemporary classical The Ancient Tower (Robert Lepley – EarthBeat Records), Sketches of James (Koch Jazz), A Love Affair – the Music of Ivan Lins (Telarc), Heirs to Jobim (BMG Records), Don Sebesky's I Remember Bill (BMG), Jim Hall's By Arrangement (Telarc), Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Purchase (DRG) and many more. They have had the pleasure of performing with a number of influential jazz artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, George Benson and the like.
In early 1997, NYV signed a new record deal with RCA Victor. They traveled down a different road for their RCA release, paying tribute to a contemporary composer, which produced the heartfelt New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon. They explored and used a variety of styles of music to express new turns on this singer/songwriter's popular songbook. In late 2000, New York Voices signed a new contract with Concord Records and completed their sixth CD entitled Sing! Sing! Sing!
Along with their extensive concert performances and recording dates, NYV also works in the field of education, giving workshops and clinics to high school and college music students. Individually, the four members are involved in a variety of projects including solo performances and recordings, teaching, writing and arranging. The group hopes to continue to explore all styles of music, and expand their audience for years to come.