We asked a few questions of each of our headliners to get to know them better. Here, Courtney Gasque, co-founder of the Honey Whiskey Trio answers!
I was talking lessons with Moira Smiley and starting to arrange some music which inspired me to try putting my own group together. I contacted Christina who I knew through the vocal jazz department at CSULB and we got together to try reading some of the charts. Quickly deciding we needed a third voice, Christina suggested we contact Ann and the first time we all sang together it just worked
Moira Smiley (&VOCO), Wailin’ Jennys, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Anonymous 4, Ella Jenkins, Joy Kills Sorrow, Bob Dylan, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Tallis Scholars, Rising Appalachia, Punch Brothers, Inga Swearingen, Crosby Stills & Nash, Woody Guthrie, John Hartford.
We have had some amazing opportunities because of Harmony Sweeps including performing at the first WACA festival, being nominated for a CASA award, and headlining the LA A Cappella Fest! Honestly, we had only been singing together for 3 months when we competed so our success at Harmony Sweeps is responsible for everything we have done since!
Attention to detail, do the unexpected, utilize your own talents- not just what’s popular, record yourselves constantly, LISTEN, and let the music speak for itself.
Getting the chance to perform for an audience of musicians and music appreciators- every time we walk on stage we feel thankful that we get the opportunity. Also- creating connections with other a cappella groups- hopefully for future collaborations!