BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a show with singers of all ages from all over the world. The women’s barbershop harmony is serenading people at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Tracey Leong has the story.
More than 8,000 a cappella singers are gathering in Baltimore for the world’s largest women’s singing competition.
The 68th annual Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition is taking center stage at the Baltimore Convention Center. The contest brings together 46 quartets and 33 choruses to battle it out for the crowns.
Baltimore will not only enjoy sweet tunes, the city will also see a huge economic boost of around $16 million.
“We’ll do about 13,000 hotel room nights while we’re in the city. We like to shop and eat out. We like to do all those things, as women do,” said Kelly Bailey, CEO, Sweet Adelines International.
“It’s just great to be able to share harmony like that. It’s all about singing from your soul,” said Michelle Hunget, a cappella singer.
Hunget has been a member since 1986. This year, she’s going up against her 17-year-old daughter.
“Pregnant and singing with her. And so, she grew up watching my championship quartet, ‘Zing!'” she said.
“Seeing my mom get ready to go on stage and seeing the chorus make the top ten and get to perform their package,” said Mary Duncan, a cappella singer. “And now coming into that and kind of being on the other side, it’s really awesome.”
Some could say the talent is rooted in the genes. Many a cappella singers are also legacy members, following in their mothers’ or grandmothers’ footsteps.
“Energizing. It’s hopeful that the organization will continue long after we’re gone,” Hunget said.
Tickets are still available if you want to come and catch the singers. They range from $20 to $55.
The final day of the competition will be Saturday.
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