Wins for Kansas: Sound of the Heartland ensemble

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sound of the Heartland Women's Ensemble has been sharing singing talents across the state for years. Their members come from all over, and they've performed in every corner of Kansas.   

"Our goal is not only to being the barbershop art form to the community and keep it in the community, but also provide music education," Rachel Newell explained. Newell is an accomplished singer in her own right, and as a member of the ensemble she also performs with the group's Detour quartet.   

"What's amazing is the reaction people have when they become engaged with that song," Newell continued, "and you realize you have touched someone you hadn't expected to touch."

Newell and the ladies sing and perform to big audiences, as well as small groups such as nursing homes. Their mix of 1940's harmony puts a smile on the face of everyone who hears them.

 "It's powerful to bring back a memory for someone," Newell said.

For their talents and contributions to the community, Sound of the Heartland Women's Ensemble received a $500 grant from Wins for Kansas partner DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers. 
 

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