Sometimes called "the Andrews Sisters of the 21st Century", Hot Soup concocts rich, intricate vocal arrangements that bring out the best in every melody and lyric. Audiences love the variety in Hot Soup's repertoire, too - from ballads to blues and swing, from retro to funny songs no two are alike. Add three zingy personalities plus delicious licks on guitars, harp, mountain dulcimer, conga, udu and other hand percussion, and you've got a blue-ribbon recipe for a spirited and SOUPerbly engaging concert performance!
Sue Trainor, Christina Muir and Jennie Avila blend their individual musical talents to create the nationally touring ensemble Hot Soup. Now in their 10th year, Hot Soup's recordings have placed the trio among the most-played artists on acoustic radio (according to FolkDJ). Their music simmers with intelligent lyrics, zany humor, spirited musicality and scrumptious three-part harmony. Washingtonian magazine says "Insiders expect the... trio Hot Soup to go far!"
Hot Soup's live shows "sparkle," said Sing Out! magazine. The trio brings a rare blend of spontaneity and intimacy to their performances, often developing hilarious exchanges among themselves and with the audience. The trio's musical diversity extends to their instrumentation in addition to a variety of guitar stylings, the trio's instrumentation includes conga and other percussion, mountain dulcimer and harp. The focus, however, is always the sweet voices, trading lead vocals and capturing harmonies that raise goose bumps.
Based in Maryland, all three are talented solo performers with recordings of their own in addition to the trio's three recordings: Hot Soup, Soup Happens and their new release, The Way You Like It.
Sue Trainor is best known for satirical humor in her adult shows and imaginative musical play in her children's performances she was named "Best New Artist for Young Children" by the international Children's Music Web in 1999 and her children's music CD Under Tables, Out Back Doors won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum award in 2001. Trainor also is a Teaching Artist, working through the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts as well as through state and local arts councils to offer school programs and professional development workshops for teachers and librarians.
Christina Muir, the daughter of Ann Mayo Muir (of the much-loved traditional folk trio Bok, Trickett and Muir), builds on her musical heritage with her elegant vocals and lyrical instrumentation, insightful contemporary songwriting, flirtatious wit and compelling stories.
Jennie Avila brings her magnetic stage presence, agile soprano, flavorful original songs, exotic birdcalls and groove-full percussion to complete the irresistible Hot Soup blend. Jennie is a Smithsonian Folkways/Fast Folk Artist who has shared stages with such notables as Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. Jennie also teaches songwriting and performs for children. Her songs have appeared on two WXPN "Kid's Corner" compilations.