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After 12 appearances on the Sweet Adelines International Competition stage, Brava! won the International Championship in Phoenix, Arizona on September 19, 2003. Bringing the gold medals & crowns home to Vancouver Canada was a first for their proud country. Not only did Canada have its very first gold medalist quartet, this was also the first time in many years that all four members of the championship quartet are all brand new "Queens of Harmony" in the Coronet Club of Sweet Adelines Int'l. Brava! Quartet was born in 1989 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and their journey from novice to number one was not an easy or short trip, but was always an interesting one and well worth the efforts! One step at a time, with the occasional step back, and only one missed contest in 1995, their international placements from 1991 to 2003 are witness to their dedication and tenacity.

With their new title came new responsibilities and they enthusiastically welcomed these experiences. The first thing that Brava! did after being home for only 2 weeks from Phoenix was get back on a plane and fly to the U.K. where they spent 2 weeks touring Scotland, England & Wales serving as Teaching Faculty & Coaches for the UK Sweet Adelines. In 2004, their "reigning" year, they appeared on many shows, including Masters of Harmony in Southern California, Heralds of Harmony in Tampa, FL, The Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, OH, Coastline Show Chorus in Providence, RI, and Pride of Portland in Oregon, to name just a few. They also represented Sweet Adelines International by appearing on the World Harmony Jamboree at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in July of 2005 in Salt Lake City, where they saw their friends, Realtime, win the world championship!

The highlight of Brava's performance career, though, culminated with the SAI Cruise-In-A-Chord in February of 2006, which was a week-long Caribbean Cruise, sponsored by Sweet Adelines. Brava has released 2 CD's, Debut (the blue one), and Tickled Pink (the pink one), which features the song that stole the contest in Phoenix, "And So It Goes". For ordering information, see the "Recordings" page on this website. Brava! is 4 Canadian girls who, between them, have over 70 years of singing experience, 3 husbands, 1 fiance, 9 children, 2 step children, 5 cats, 1 dog, and many wonderful friends, family members and coaches who fully and enthusiastically supported their journey to becoming International Champions. Besides their obvious love of singing, these four women are great friends who share a personal bond, a beautiful musical blend, and laughter that can bring down the house.


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Brava! : Tickled Pink

Review: Spirited, fun Sweet Adelines quartet Brava!, formed in 1989 in Vancouver, BC, almost immediately became the highest-ranking Canadian quartet ever, placing in the top 10 at International 6 times, grabbing Silver in Portland, Oregon in 2001, and finally winning the coveted Gold in Phoenix in September of 2003. Since then Sandy, Lynn, Elaine and Shannon have been having big fun in concert and recording this excellent studio album (Made in Canada), "Tickled Pink," also an apt description of their feelings about singing together. This vibrant, talented foursome brings us 12 songs, some belters like "All Aboard For Dixieland," "Fly Me to the Moon/East of the Sun" and "Toot, Toot, Tootsie;" and some romantic heart-tuggers like "I Will Love You 'Til the End of Time," "La Vie en Rose," "Sweet Adeline" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." There's some rampant silliness on two Weird Al Yankovic covers, "You Don't Want Me Anymore" and "One More Minute" (called "One More Contest" here), both songs with very funny parody lyrics about group annoyances and getting dumped. We particularly liked the classics, "Without A Song," arranged by our good friend Kirby Shaw, and Billy Joel's timeless "And So It Goes." Well-chosen, beautifully performed stuff by Canada's, and now Sweet Adelines', finest!

Songlist: All Aboard for Dixieland , Fly Me to the Moon/East of the Sun, I Will Love You Till the End of Time, You Don't Want Me Anymore, La Vie en Rose , How Do I Love Thee? , Without a Song, Toot, Toot, Tootsie , One More Contest , Sweet Adeline , I've Got You Under My Skin, And So It Goes

5646c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella Sweet Adelines Music

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