Sister Swing is a fresh, exciting trio of singers which has captured the sound of the girl groups of the 1930s and 1940s, and brought it to the 21st century. Heavily influenced by the 3 part harmonies of groups like the Andrews Sisters and the Boswell Sisters, Sister Swing brings a new sound to an old style.
The three ladies, Leigh Hannah, Valerie Marston and Paula Chafey-Merrill, genuinely have a good time on stage and that transcends to their audience. An evening with Sister Swing will take you back in time to an era of glamour, romance and innocence.
The act started to take shape around 1996 when they performed with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. That started a chain reaction and shortly thereafter they guest-starred several times with the Moonlight Swing Big Band out of Auburn. It was with Moonlight Swing that the girls had the distinct honor of singing for Bob Hope and his wife, along with the Apollo 8 astronauts at the 1998 Stockton Air Show. They soon were invited to perform at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the largest of its kind in the world featuring over 125 bands. They have to date enjoyed 4 successful years with that Jubilee, and are branching out to other festivals around the country.
The gals have gathered their own custom charts especially tailored to show off their own style and vocal power. Now, the Sisters have a large repertoire of tunes and have been asked to do their Tribute to the Andrews Sisters for many audiences in the Sacramento area, as well as Monterey, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and others.
The three main questions asked about Sister Swing are:
"Are you really sisters?"
"Where will you be performing next?"
"Where do you get your clothes?"
Starting with the first question, no they are not sisters but they feel as close as sisters can, and almost look as though they could be. In response to the second question, please visit our Events page for a complete listing of our upcoming events. We are currently booking festivals and concerts and special events, and would be excited to join with you in your celebration of jazz.
Now to answer the last question. Paula Chafey-Merrill is the seamstress supreme. She makes all of the Sisters' matching costumes using old vintage patterns or just making up her own. The girls also collect vintage hats, gloves, dresses, and jewelry for the act that really gives you the feeling when you see them perform that you are living in the 1940s, if only for a night.
If you like to hear music from the 30s and 40s pure Andrews Sisters style, don't miss Sister Swing.