As vocalists and music enthusiasts, the gentlemen of Turtle Creek Chorale definitely have eclectic tastes in all things music and songwriting. You could ask any average Joe on the street who his favorite music artist is right now, and the answer will most likely be pretty basic. But ask a Turtle and you will not only get an interesting answer, but most likely learn something too.
In no particular order, here are the Turtles’ favorite singers from across the pond.
- Annie Lennox from Eurythmics. “You simply have to listen to her voice and you’ll be mesmerized,” says Bob McCranie.
- Elton John. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the first album TCC member Kevin Stone bought with his own money. “I played that album constantly! Listening to it took me to another world!”
- Andrew Lloyd Webber. Steven Laurence Mitchell describes him as a genius. “I love his music, and he has written so many award-winning, long running shows.”
- Amy Winehouse. Tri Truong respects her “different and unique songs,” emphasizing her authenticity.
- Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. TCC member Garret Pruessner praises Yorke and Greenwood for their brilliance in music composition and lyrical poetry. “They continue to combine acoustic and electronic elements in their music. I love Yorke’s unusual vocal style and the haunting tension of Jonny Greenwood’s guitars.”
- Tom Bailey and Simon Le Bon. Eric Ramsey speaks passionately about the singers of his favorite Brit bands, Thompson Twins and Duran Duran. “Their music was innovative, the lyrics were intelligent poetry, and each member’s instrument was treated as a solo voice within a broader synergistic sound. They were also my refuge from the trials of being the odd man out and satisfied my need for complex music.”
- Bono. U2’s lead singer is TCC singer Bryan Daniel’s pick for favorite artist across the pond, so I think it’s safe to assume Daniel was more than okay with Apple’s latest music stunt.
Time to update our music playlists and get amped about the Chorale’s upcoming performance of British-inspired hits!