Silver Lining

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Birmingham , AL

Silver Lining is a registered barbershop quartet that competes in the Dixie district of the Barbershop Harmony Society featuring (pictured from left to right):

Tenor: Alex Garrison

Bass: Ed Wharton

Lead: Daniel Hipps

Baritone: Matt Powell

The group of guys started singing together in August 2015. When they got “serious” about coming up with a name for the quartet, Daniel’s idea was chosen — Silver Lining. Daniel, who is the lead, and Ed, the seasoned bass, had sung together in Steel City Four, a quartet that disbanded in the summer of 2015. Daniel had also sung with Alex in the Jefferson State Community College choir. Alex adds the tenor to the group. “We get along well. We are compatible,” Alex says. Matt, who sings baritone. He also serves as the Voices’ director, which he began in April 2016. “We work really well together,” Matt says, “It’s because all of us want to compete and we work really hard both at home to prepare for practice and at our weekly practices.” Ed said, “When we got together in August 2015, we were amazed at how well our voices blended, especially the top three parts. That really makes the bass’s job much easier.” 

When they first started, they learned a couple of songs and then began working on Christmas music for the Voices show. They are building quite a repertoire that includes, “Bare Necessities,” and “Recipe for Love.” The group tries to get together once a week to practice. "When we pick out the music we want to sing,” Ed says, “we try to involve everyone in the choice, but ultimately, the lead has to buy into the song.”

The quartet is currently learning several songs that feature a different quartet member singing the melody. Sixteen Tons is a bass melody that Ed carries the weight on. Matt is singing lead on a version of Hooked On A Feeling recently featured in Guardians of the Galaxy.

This quartet is available for hire for special events, birthdays, weddings, singing valentines and more!

Contact Ed Wharton at [email protected] or by phone at (205) 936 - 9660