Welcome to summer! Here in Sweet Scarlet Land, we’re continuing on with weekly Sunday rehearsals, even when our various members are off on family vacations and getaways. But to keep everyone fresh in our memories, we thought we’d pass the summer months away with some Member Feature posts! Our first feature is the lovely Heather.
Heather Ray is most likely the girl in the car next to you, belting out any and every song on the Wicked soundtrack. A soprano since the beginning of time, Heather has been singing and performing since elementary school, taking on such prestigious roles as a villager in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in grade 5, Ariel AND Ursula from The Little Mermaid in her family’s living room, and Laurey in her high school production of Oklahoma.
In addition to her epic singing skills, Heather is also the VP of Human Resources for an alcoholic beverage company by day and by night, she moonlights as a mom of two, wife of one, and restaurant critic of many.
Back in 2012, Heather banded together with Katy and Eran and decided to form Sweet Scarlet. In the last 7 years, she has graced us with her pure soprano tone, endless hospitality with weekends away at her Gambier Island cabin and a clever ability to crack the productivity whip at rehearsals, while still making it fun. When asked what her favourite Sweet Scarlet song is to perform, she answered “The Parting Glass, because of the emotion and powerful words” (Tip – don’t catch her eye during this song, as you will both surely end up in tears!).
Her favourite Sweet Scarlet memory is drinking gin in the dark on the patio of the Old Courthouse Inn in Powell River and singing together, just for ourselves at our very first International Choral Kathaumixw.
Sweet Scarlet is a Vancouver-based a cappella vocal ensemble that specializes in a variety of music, including contemporary pop, world music, jazz and classical. They are available for live performances anywhere in the Lower Mainland.