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Students headed to Nashville to perform at The Bluebird Café

November 13, 2013

Members of the Stephens College Velvetones are headed to The Bluebird Café, a prestigious music venue in Nashville, to perform alongside the Queen of Hearts.

The Velvetones is an a cappella ensemble that specializes in jazz tunes. Last year, the students had the opportunity to collaborate with Queen of Hearts when the Nashville-based band performed on campus.

Queen of Hearts—a four-woman group that includes Stephens alumna Helen Lewis Moore—hosted workshops, visited classrooms and performed during a visit to Stephens this past winter.

“The two groups instantly bonded and had a lot in common—in particular the love of storytelling through the art of singing,” said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, music instructor. “We are now members of each others fan club!”

At home in Nashville, the Queen of Hearts performs regularly at The Bluebird Café. The café regularly hosts both well-known and up-and-coming performers. The venue is also featured in the ABC hit drama “Nashville,” which stars Hayden Panettiere. Panettiere’s mom, Leslie Panettiere Vogel, is also a Stephens alumna and attended college with Moore.

Ellsworth-Smith said the Velvetones were “thrilled” when they received the invitation.

Those going are: Chelcie Abercrombie, Emy Blake, Emily Chatterson, Shannon Cox, Emma Marston, Katie Pautler, Ryan Tucker and Mycah Westhoff.

The students will also perform for alumnae during a brunch on Sunday.

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