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October 26, 2007

Liberty Voices - the world's busiest a cappella group?

Orlando Sentinel (FL):

The Liberty Voices meet Jay Leno on a recent trip to LA

They aren't rock stars, but the members of Liberty Voices have probably performed for more people than, say, Aerosmith, has in the past 25 years.

After all, there's a built-in audience at Walt Disney World, where these singers have done multiple shows a day -- every day -- for more than two decades at Epcot's American Adventure. Tonight, you can catch a supersized version of this a cappella ensemble, without that big park admission, at Faith World, off International Drive in Orlando.

It's a one-of-a-kind reunion concert uniting more than 90 singers who have performed under the dome at the American Adventure since the attraction opened in 1982.

"We all keep in touch with each other," says Tracy Scott, 52, who has been singing with the ensemble for 10 years. "This is such an intense group that it sticks with you the rest of your life."

Scott says the 92 singers performing tonight represent about 75 percent of the members who have participated in Voices of Liberty. The slight revision of the name, to Liberty Voices, reflects that the project is organized outside the Disney umbrella.

Whatever you call it, the reunion sounds like a major logistical headache, especially all the rehearsals, right?

What, no rehearsals? "Not yet," Scott says. There might be time for at least one, he says.

I guess when you're doing seven shows a day, the drill becomes pretty automatic. Well, yes and no. Singing in a theme park, performers develop their own set of pet peeves.

"Our biggest challenge is cell phones, believe it or not," says Scott, who has worked in entertainment at Disney since he was age 19 in acts ranging from Broadway at the Top (atop the Contemporary Resort) to the Diamond Horseshoe Revue. "We'll be in the middle of a song and a cell phone goes off, playing a lovely melody. It can grab your attention."

Otherwise, Scott says the environment is pretty much perfect. The dome at the American Adventure is acoustically hospitable, and the ensemble doesn't have to sing outdoors much.

And there are the fans. "We even have our groupies," Scott says. "People who come here once a week, sometimes three and four times a week, year after year."

Posted by acapnews at October 26, 2007 10:07 PM

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I was in Orlando a few years ago (either 2006 or 2007) and I visited the Voices of Liberty show. There was a young man from Ohio. What is/was his name?

John Utsunomiya

Posted by: John Utsunomiya at May 2, 2009 12:05 PM

Our church is doing a concert with Joe and Sue Martin. I know Sue is a former Voices of Liberty member. What years did she participate in the group???

Posted by: connie moorman at December 4, 2010 7:01 PM

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