Praised by New York Concert Review Inc. for their “not-surprising familial blend and synchronization,” the one and only a cappella group of 19-year-old quadruplets, Vintage Mix, has been wowing audiences with their world class and tight, four-part harmony since 2014. Jazz, Barbershop, and 1940's Standards have always been and continue to be the genres they perform at concerts.
Their inspiration first originated from watching the classic 1960’s musical film The Sound of Music. This movie inspired them to participate in a school talent show in 4th & 5th grade where they closed the evening - both years (2008 & 2009) - by singing their unison renditions of So Long, Farewell and The Hills Are Alive.
Following those performances, they took a small two-year break until working with a vocal coach in Nashville (2014) to get a sense of stage presence and harmony. Around that time, VM began putting songs together by selecting pieces that inspired them, including ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ and 'Let’s Get Away From It All’, and added “harmony by ear”. They were exposed to this timeless, musical era by their parents who played ‘40s on 4’ - a Sirius XM radio station - throughout their home during childhood. Each song included a musical format of Kelsey and Julia singing the melody together, Ian singing a harmony underneath the melody, and Anika singing a harmony above the melody. [musical arrangement was showcased in their National Anthem (from 2014)]
As natives of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they were born in 2001, Vintage Mix debuted on June 30, 2014, at a small church in the local area. At that performance, they showcased their very limited amount of "harmony by ear" 1940’s songs, which were inspired by major influencers like The Andrew Sisters and Frank Sinatra.
Nevertheless, they eventually advanced to four-part harmony - on sheet music - in 8th grade (2015) at the age of 14 while competing in their local Solo Ensemble Competition (WSMA) with two Class A - high level - pieces: ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’ (Barbershop arrangement) and ‘Prayer of the Children’ (Classical composition). In the latter years of performing, they naturally fell into vocal ranges with Julia singing the highest notes, Anika singing the middle notes, Kelsey singing middle to lower notes, and Ian singing the lowest notes in their arrangements/songs.
In the summer of 2015, VM debuted in the Barbershop Harmony Society by singing on the Saturday Night Spectacular show while sharing the stage with Saturday Evening Post (SEP). Both quartets entertained the 8,000 person audience with the songs ‘What’s The Matter With Kids Today’ - from Bye Bye Birdie - and ‘Inchworm’. Vintage Mix and Saturday Evening Post came back together in January of 2016 at the Barbershop Midwinter Convention in Reno, Nevada to reprise their act from the previous summer.
In addition to their past tours, they have made special appearances across the United States to include: the A Cappella Music Awards, Lambeau Field, the USS Milwaukee, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, the Grand Ole Opry, Fox & Friends, CBS Sunday Morning, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Vintage Mix has maintained popularity through their God-given talent, personality, and desire to "Bridge Generations Through Harmony."
Origin: Milwaukee, WI
Awards & Achievements
- Deke Sharon's Facebook LIVE video of Vintage Mix singing 'You Make Me Feel So Young' to VoicePlay has exceeded 4 MILLION VIEWS (Camp A Cappella 2016).
- Performed on 54 Barbershop Music Concerts across North America since 2015
- VM won 2nd place silver medals at the 2018 International Mixed Barbershop Quartet Competition held in Munich, Germany (April 2018) where they were the youngest vocal group competing at age 17.
- Performed the 1940's standard 'Connecticut' and taught the 'Rhapsody in Blue' Barbershop tag to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall (March 24, 2019)
- Performed at The Riverside Theater (Milwaukee) and Carnegie Hall (New York) with DCappella [Disney A Cappella Group]
- Featured on the PBS Special 'Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour' based out of Lexington, Kentucky, alongside Ringmasters Quartet, Time Bandits Quartet, and the Wildcat Harmonizers .
- Performed at the legendary Grand Ole Opry on two different featured shows in 2015 & 2019
- Participated in a CBS Sunday Morning Interview ‘Barbershop: A Harmonious Passion’ (2017) in Las Vegas with many other Barbershop groups to promote the art form and genre
- Performed 1940's standards at the official Milwaukee event which launched the ‘Commissioning of the USS Milwaukee’
- VM sang the National Anthem at the NFL Packer’s Family Game Night at Lambeau Field in August of 2017
- A Cappella Music Awards ‘Quartet of the Year’ Nominee
- Performed on the national morning news show Fox & Friends, based out of New York, to promote Barbershop on National Barbershop Quartet Day (April 11, 2017)
- 2016 & 2017 Wisconsin High School Barbershop Quartet Champions
- 2018 Land O' Lakes Mixed Barbershop Quartet Champions
Moonlight in Vermont (Single; 2016)
White Christmas (Single; 2016)
You Make Me Feel so Young (Single; 2016)
Timeless (EP; 2018)
When You Wish Upon a Star (Live from BinG! 2018) (Single; 2019)
Avengers Theme Song (Single; 2019)
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
~Paying Back Because They Paid Forward~
Vintage Mix is proud to bless the WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans through music~Honoring veterans and becoming involved in programs like Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF) has been a significant priority for us since 2014. We have participated in 13 Honor Flights, in Milwaukee, WI at Mitchell International Airport, since November of 2014 (our first Honor Flight). Not only do we enjoy singing for the Veterans, but we love writing cards for each and every one of them before each flight. The largest flight we participated in involved singing for 150 veterans on a 747 airplane; each vocal member of VM created about 38 cards in advance. SSHF has made a considerable impact in our lives both as a group and as individuals.