AMBIANCE

David Wright was flirting with disaster when he decided to arrange George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”
for four female voices and to write his own lyrics.
The result, however, was brilliantly innovative, weaving the textures of the time-tested orchestration into a vocal tapestry, and spinning a witty, Porter-esque commentary on a day in the life of the Big Apple.
— Deke Sharon

POPULAR VIDEOS

One of their most requested songs, "Handful of Keys." Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller, Lyrics by David Wright.

"Love of My Life," Lyrics and Music by Freddie Mercury. Featured: Shelly Sweet.

BIOGRAPHY

Clockwise from top left; Sandi Wright, Elizabeth Hardcastle, Diane Huber, Shelly Sweet.

Clockwise from top left; Sandi Wright, Elizabeth Hardcastle, Diane Huber, Shelly Sweet.

As a six-month-old quartet, Ambiance won its regional competition in the spring of 1986 and lost its bass immediately afterward. With a new bass, the members of Ambiance were as astounded as everyone else when they won the 1986 international quartet championship just six months later. It was their first international competition and it has been said that they owned the stage - everyone knew this was no ordinary quartet. Ambiance soon became a Sweet Adeline legend, maintaining a full performance schedule for the next nine years before retiring in 1995 with a sold-out, farewell concert at New York's famed Carnegie Hall. It is fortunate that the quartet's unforgettable Fats Waller package, and their impressive vocal gymnastics on Rhapsody of New York (an adaptation of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue), are preserved on cassette and CD. Ambiance was named first Cappella Recording Awards in the category of best recording by an unsigned professional. The award was for their 1991 recording, I Hear a Rhapsody. The awards are given by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). All four members of Ambiance have at one time directed Sweet Adeline choruses; Sandi and Diane still do.

 

RELEASES

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'

This is the debut recording of the critically-acclaimed and wildly popular International Quartet Champion of Sweet Adelines International.

TRACKLIST

Ain't Misbehavin’/Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad/’Taint Nobody's Bizness
It's a Sin To Tell a Lie
I've Got a Feelin’ I'm Fallin’
A Handful of Keys
(Oh Suzanna) Dust off That Old Pianna
This Joint Is Jumpin'
I Never Knew/You Were Meant For Me
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
All by Myself
No One Loves You Better Than Your M-A-double-M-Y
Kiss Me One More Time

 

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I HEAR A RHAPSODY

The sophomore release from the International Quartet Champion of Sweet Adelines International. Features the stunning performance of excerpts from George Gershwin's masterpiece, RHAPSODY IN BLUE.

TRACKLIST

Excerpts from "Rhapsody in Blue"
Love is Here to Stay
When Will I Be Loved
Gospel Medley
Friends
Everything Old is New Again
Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
Let's Sing Again
Pal of My Cradle Days
Something's Coming
The Minute Waltz
Canticle of the Sun
Ave Maria

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JAZZ LADIES

The brilliant third release from the International Quartet Champions of Sweet Adelines International.

TRACKLIST

Jazz Ladies Ride
Lounging At the Waldorf
A Bundle of Old Love Letters
Find Out What They Like and How They Like It
Love-Eyes Medley (I'm in Love Again/Them There Eyes)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Steal Away
Angel of Music/Phantom of the Opera
Love of My Life
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Never Let No One Man Worry Your Mind
Moonlight Sonata

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