WELCOME BACK!!

Fol­low­ing a fun & fan­tas­tic spring broad­way con­cert back in May, the Zia Singers took our tra­di­tional sum­mer break. Unfor­tu­nately, our web­site god­dess also took time off so there were no updates or post­ings dur­ing the sum­mer (as you may have noticed.) But we (and she) are back!!! Rehearsals began last week and our direc­tor, Aaron Howe, has some won­der­ful things planned for our new sea­son. It was great to see our many return­ing singers includ­ing a mem­ber who has been gone for 8 years! Plus, we saw some new faces, too! We love new faces! Speak­ing of which, this is your final call if you are inter­ested in singing with us this sea­son. Just come to our rehearsal tomor­row morn­ing 9:30 – 11:45 at the United Church on Arroyo Chamisa. HAPPY SINGING!

We would also like to announce that the Zia Singers have applied for 501c3 sta­tus and are now eli­gi­ble to receive tax deductible donations!

More info on our con­cert in Jan­u­ary, our pro­gram, our sta­tus and any­thing else that pops up to come! Thank you for your inter­est in our group! Hope to see you soon!

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RIP Bob

bob It is with a heavy heart that we say good­bye to Bob, our Zia Mas­cot and “child” of soprano Becky D. Bob was diag­nosed with a brain tumor. He will be missed dearly as he attended almost every rehearsal and even a few con­certs. Always the gen­tle­man and never short of wags & kisses. RIP Bob. :(

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Vote for the Zia Singers!

Go vote for the Zia Singers in the Santa Fe Reporter BEST OF SANTA FE!!!

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May concert info

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Almost done…

Yes, it’s April but we still need to fin­ish cel­e­brat­ing (musi­cal) women for March Women’s His­tory Month. We’re almost done! For March 29, we cel­e­brate Mary J. Blige. She is an Amer­i­can singer, song­writer, model, record pro­ducer and actress. Start­ing her career as a back­ground singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?, in 1992, and has released 11 stu­dio albums since and made over 150 guest appear­ances on other albums and soundtracks.

recip­i­ent of nine Grammy Awards, in addi­tion to receiv­ing a record of thirty Grammy nom­i­na­tions, Blige is one of few enter­tain­ers in his­tory to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum sta­tus. My Life, in par­tic­u­lar, is con­sid­ered among the great­est albums ever recorded accord­ing to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe. For her part in com­bin­ing hip-hop and soul in the early-1990s and its sub­se­quent com­mer­cial suc­cess, Blige received the Leg­ends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from per­for­mance rights orga­ni­za­tion ASCAP, with its offi­cial Jeanie Weems stat­ing that “[Blige’s] music has been the voice of inspi­ra­tion to women world­wide in both strug­gle and tri­umph.” Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100″ list of influ­en­tial indi­vid­u­als around the world in 2007.

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Yes it’s April but.…

Yes, it’s April but we still need to fin­ish cel­e­brat­ing (musi­cal) women for March Women’s His­tory Month. We’re almost done! For March 28, we rec­og­nize Annie Lennox who is a Scot­tish singer, song­writer, polit­i­cal activist and phil­an­thropist. After achiev­ing mod­er­ate suc­cess in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The Tourists, she and fel­low musi­cian David A. Stew­art went on to achieve major inter­na­tional suc­cess in the 1980s as Eury­th­mics. With a total of eight Brit Awards, includ­ing Best British Female Artist six times, Lennox has won more than any other female artist. She has also been named the “Brits Cham­pion of Champions”.

In addi­tion to her career as a musi­cian, Lennox is also a polit­i­cal and social activist, notable for rais­ing money and aware­ness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and chil­dren in Africa. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Offi­cer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Eliz­a­beth II for her “tire­less char­ity cam­paigns and cham­pi­oning of human­i­tar­ian causes”.

Lennox has been named “The Great­est White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of The 100 Great­est Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1’s 100 Great­est Women in Music. She has earned the dis­tinc­tion of “most suc­cess­ful female British artist in UK music his­tory” due to her com­mer­cial suc­cess since the early 1980s. As of June 2008, includ­ing her work within Eury­th­mics, Lennox had sold over 80 mil­lion records worldwide.

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Musical woman for March 27…

Musi­cal women in his­tory for March 27, we hear about Deb­bie Harry who is an Amer­i­can singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She recorded sev­eral world­wide num­ber one sin­gles with Blondie dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s. She is some­times con­sid­ered the first rap­per to chart at num­ber one in the United States due to her work on “Rap­ture”. She has also had suc­cess (mainly in Europe) as a solo artist before reform­ing Blondie in the late 1990s. Her act­ing career spans over sixty film roles and numer­ous tele­vi­sion appearances.

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We continue with March is women’s history month…

Musi­cal women in his­tory for March 26, we cel­e­brate Anita Baker. She is an Amer­i­can singer-songwriter. Start­ing her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chap­ter 8, Baker even­tu­ally released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to star­dom fol­low­ing the release of her platinum-selling sec­ond album, Rap­ture, which included the Grammy-winning sin­gle “Sweet Love”. To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five plat­inum albums and one gold album to her credit. Baker’s vocal range is contralto.

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Close but not over yet…

Clos­ing in on the end of March. But, even as we move into April, we will con­tinue to cel­e­brate musi­cal women in his­tory until we have men­tioned some­one for every­day of March. For March 25, we cel­e­brate k.d. lang. She is a Cana­dian pop and coun­try singer-songwriter and occa­sional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musi­cal per­for­mances; hits include “Con­stant Crav­ing” and “Miss Chate­laine”. She has con­tributed songs to movie sound­tracks and has collab­o­rated with musi­cians such as Roy Orbi­son, Tony Ben­nett, Elton John, Anne Mur­ray, Ann Wil­son, and Jane Siberry. Lang is also known for being an ani­mal rights, gay rights, and Tibetan human rights activist. She is a tantric prac­ti­tioner of the old school of Tibetan Bud­dhism. She per­formed Leonard Cohen’s “Hal­lelu­jah” live at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2010 Win­ter Olympics in Van­cou­ver, Canada. Pre­vi­ously, she had per­formed at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the 1988 Win­ter Olympics in Cal­gary. Lang pos­sesses the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano.

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Continuing celebrating women in March…

Musi­cal women in his­tory for March 24 is Bon­nie Raitt. She is an Amer­i­can blues singer, song­writer and slide gui­tar player. Dur­ing the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incor­po­rated ele­ments of blues, rock, folk and coun­try. In 1989 after sev­eral years of crit­i­cal acclaim but lit­tle com­mer­cial suc­cess she had a major return to pub­lic promi­nence with the release of her album Nick of Time. Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as num­ber 50 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Great­est Singers of All Time and num­ber 89 on their list of the 100 Great­est Gui­tarists of All Time.

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