Tinsel Singers are a sparkling new addition to the Austin holiday vocal scene! The arrangements they bring are fresh, distinctive and fun and the singers are extraordinary. Hearing them makes me want to plan a party just so I can hire them. What a lovely ensemble and terrific concept.
— Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director and Conductor of Conspirare
Over the years I’ve heard the members of Tinsel sing in a variety of settings, from contemporary classical, to experimental, to jazz and pop, and it’s amazing to hear them bring their talents to bear on these timeless Holiday classics. They’ve performed on many of the great stages of the world, and to have access to such world-class artists here in Austin is just another part of what makes the town so great.
— Andy Sigler, former Austin Regional Editor for NewMusicBox


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Austin's Tinsel Singers
Provide Sparkle + Sophistication to the 2015 Holiday Season

AUSTIN, TX: September 29, 2015: It should be no surprise that the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ and equally creative, trendsetting city of Austin, TX is now home to a fresh and exciting incarnation of the traditional Christmas caroling ensemble –TINSEL SINGERS (tinselsingers.com). These Grammy- and award-winning, professional vocalists are already entertaining audiences and gaining followers and fans with their distinctive style, sophistication and artistry. From sparkling twists on traditional carols to innovative and entertaining, decidedly modern arrangements, TINSEL will add sophistication and style to any holiday event or gathering.

TINSEL SINGERS are pleased to announce their availability for your holiday events in this upcoming season, as the holidays are only less than three months away!

TINSEL co-founders Laura Mercado-Wright, (Mezzo-Soprano) and Trevor Shaw (Tenor) first sang together in Denton, TX as music students at the University of North Texas. At that time, they also performed in a professional Christmas caroling company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
After graduation, Laura and Trevor both made their way to Austin and have been pursuing their professional careers in music ever since:  Trevor as a composer, arranger and music director; Laura as a performer, collaborating as a soloist with ensembles such as Austin's Grammy-winning Conspirare, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Met Chamber Ensemble.

Though the idea of traditional Christmas Carolers often brings to mind outdated Dickensian costumes, church choirs or neighborhood singing groups, TINSEL offers a completely fresh take on holiday favorites and sports a sophisticated, modern attitude, while still honoring the classic traditions of beloved carols and festive favorites. Composer, principal arranger and co-founder Trevor Shaw’s versions of traditional carols like Silent Night, O Holy Night and White Christmas are refreshing, innovative and inspiring. Even though TINSEL is made-up of consummate musical performers and technical professionals, these quartet singers will also provide enjoyable moments of humor and interaction with their audiences that are gracious, inviting and entertaining – providing an inclusive and impressive ambience to enhance any holiday special event, corporate party or lobby, restaurant or bar space.

Co-founder Laura Mercado-Wright knows exactly why you should consider TINSEL for your upcoming holiday events. She says, “There is just nothing like us in Austin. We have absolutely charming, completely original arrangements of everyone's favorite holiday songs and carols, sung by some of the best talent in town. We offer not only the highest quality in vocal performance and musical creativity, but the thrill that only live, a capella voices singing in perfect, tight harmonies can achieve. Once you hear us, you will understand!”

Tinsel’s impressive roster of professional singers was hand-picked by its founders and is made up of amazing vocalists, some of whom also sing with Conspirare, ensemble viii, Roomful of Teeth, Texas Early Music Project, Texas Choral Consort, Austin Shakespeare Company, Austin Symphony Opera and Houston Grande Opera, to name just a few. The roster includes founding members Trevor Shaw and Laura Mercado-Wright, Courtney Pierce and Thann Scoggin, as well as Robert Harlan, Steve Olivares, Paul D’arcy, Lauren Vick, Shelley Auler, Abbey Pena, Susan Anderson and Shari Wilson, totaling five men and seven women singers who will alternate based on bookings and schedules.

Depending on your event and the specific desires and needs of the host or venue, TINSEL SINGERS will also gladly take requests from the audience, lead favorites or conduct a sing-along if needed. Quips Mercado-Wright, “TINSEL can be a full-on concert experience, an interactive holiday jukebox, or just the best darn background music you've ever heard!”

And TINSEL is not limiting their repertoire to just the holidays. They will also be available for weddings, church services, concerts, private and corporate events in the spring and throughout the rest of the year with a variety of non-holiday, musical selections.

TINSEL SINGERS normally perform in quartets featuring a soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass. The average price for one-hour of music from the quartet is $600, with 2-3-hour bookings averaging $1000-and-up. A handy booking calendar is featured on their website at: www.tinselsingers.com/book-tinsel-today as well as MP3 samples, photos and singer bios.

TINSEL SINGERS will also be featured on the Judlyne Gibson’s weekly show Staccato on classical radio station KMFA (89.1 FM) both this week and weekend at the following times:

Wednesday     9/30    11:00 AM
Friday              10/2      3:00 PM
Saturday         10/3      10:00 AM
Sunday            10/4      2:00 PM

Tinsel Singers are a sparkling new addition to the Austin holiday vocal scene! The arrangements they bring are fresh, distinctive and fun and the singers are extraordinary. Hearing them makes me want to plan a party just so I can hire them. What a lovely ensemble and terrific concept.
– Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director and Conductor of Conspirare

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