What started out as four friends singing in their backyards has become one of the fastest growing A Cappella quartets in the Pacific Northwest. The Uptown 4, an award-winning quartet based out of Renton, Washington, has been described as "having a natural, raw
quality and talent" and "one of the best quartets in a long time."
The Uptown 4 is consistently working on new music, finding ways to bring their own style and personality to their arrangements. They perform an extensive repertoire of music, spanning a range of different styles from Fifties Doo-Wop and Standards to modern-day Top 40 hits. The group is also working on new, original material. The original song Hazel Eyes was called "one of the best original arrangements".
In a nod to classic A Cappella tradition, the group consists of four members: Orion (Tenor I), Jeffrey McGlinn (Tenor II), Jeff Weister (Baritone) and Sky Lewis (Bass). All of the group members have an extensive background in music and performing, including choral training, classical music, instrumental performance and music theory.
The Uptown 4 has performed at events and venues across the country from Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, to The Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California. They have been invited as special guests to the University of Washington, Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, Puyallup Fair (Opening for The Coats), and were even offered priority auditions at NBC's "The Sing-Off" and "America's Got Talent". The group also won Third Place at the 2011 Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes.
The Mission of The Uptown 4 is to bring the joy of harmony to people of all ages and prove that A Cappella will continue to be one of the best forms of music for generations to come.