Hello vocal jazz fans,
Getting the latest newsletter from this stunning vocal
group, born and bred in Colorado, prompted me to send along some info you may
not be aware of. It's pretty exciting stuff, some wonderful, some modifications,
but always with that up beat future that beckons to this 11 year old, now LA
based quintet (I think they're a quintet again <g>).
Fans are most likely aware that Jake has left the group
(for the second time -- Who knows? He may return again someday <g>),
so that extra VP has to be covered by others. Other sad news is that they could
not be in Colorado this summer for the Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp that most
of them have supported so valiantly in the past ten years. The principal reason
for that of course is Julie Williams' inability to support it with her finances
and energy at this point (how she did so for ten years is amazing in itself). A
small group of faithful supporters are looking into a 2008 revival, but that
will have to be pursued over the coming months. Who knows? If that happens,
maybe we'll see m-pact's involvement in the future.
Currently . . .
This remarkable ensemble is in Seoul, South Korea,
participating in the World Vocal Group Festival -- "Amazing Voice
2007" And wouldn't we all love to be on hand for that show.
m-pact is sharing the bill with, arguably the other three top a
cappella vocal jazz ensembles in the world: The Real Group, Idea of
North and Rajaton. Wouldn't you love being on hand for
From their newsletter . . .
Rudy says "Farewell"
As many of you know, m-pact's super-tenor Rudy Cardenas was
a finalist on this season's American Idol. While we were all disappointed by his
much-too-early departure from that show, we are incredibly proud of him for
making it so far
and for representing himself and m-pact in such a positive,
classy manner. The amount of great publicity that Rudy generated for m-pact and
for himself has been truly phenomenal! As a result of his performance on the
show, Rudy is now having doors open for him that only come along once in a
lifetime. So, it is with equal amounts of sadness and excitement that we
announce Rudy's departure from m-pact. Sadness, because we will all miss the
talent, charisma, and "Latin flare" that have become synonymous with Rudy's 4 ½
years in m-pact. But also excitement, because of the great opportunities that he
will have as a solo artist. We wish Rudy all the best in the world, and we look
forward to seeing what the future holds for him!
And filling his shoes is .
Fletcher Sheridan -
Its hard to say which aspect is most endearing to fellow m-pacters
about Fletch his bright, chirpy personality, his incessant singing to himself
or his perfect pitch. Woodshedding his musical skills in the LA session scene
since the age of 16, Fletcher has amassed a wide spectrum of musical experiences
that he brings to m-pact. From overtone singing to wailing scat solos to French
chamber music, Fletcher thrives on versatility and pushing the envelope. All
endearment and experience aside, Fletchers smiling eyes when singing always
leave the world a happier place.
. . . Can't wait to meet and greet Fletcher. LA friends
have told me he's an incredible singer and that's exactly what he must
be to carry the m-pact flame to further success. Something tells me its' gonna
be a slam dunk!