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 group based out of Renton, Washington, has been described as "Phenomenal!" with "an amazing stage presence" and voices that are "incredible and strong".
In a nod to classic a cappella tradition, The Uptown 4 consists of four members: Orion (Tenor I), Jeffrey McGlinn (Tenor II), Jeff Weister (Baritone) and Sky Lewis (Bass). All members of the group have an extensive background in music and performing, including choral training, classical music, freestyle dance and musical theater. They perform an extensive repertoire of covers, from Fifties Doo-Wop and Standards to modern-day Top 40 hits, while finding ways to bring their own style and personality to their arrangements. The group also produces and performs original music. The original song "Hazel Eyes" has been called "one of the best original arrangements".
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, the Bite of Seattle, the Taste of Tacoma, A Taste of Edmonds and were even offered priority auditions for "The Sing-Off" and "America's Got Talent" on NBC. 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.