The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, all singing in Pacific Standard Time, CSU Long Beach’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble, though at different times. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song.
In 2013, after singing together for only 5 months, Honey Whiskey Trio won the Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition, also winning Audience Favorite at both the Regional and National sweepstakes. They have gone on to headline the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, the Women’s A Cappella Association‘s SheSings Festival, the South Eastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival, and have been featured artists at the FAR-West Folk Festival, the Rogue Valley Roots Festival, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival,and the Shedd Institute for the Arts. Called “One of the most talented vocal harmony groups performing today” by John Neal, Harmony Sweepstakes executive producer and ”One of the very best arrivals this year on my stage. Solid in every way and fully entertaining” by Bob Stane, of The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Honey Whiskey Trio is a group you don’t want to miss experiencing live.
Meet the Honeys:
Courtney Gasque Politano grew up on a horse farm in Vermont, a far cry from the fast pace of Los Angeles. She comes from a musical family so when they weren’t riding, someone was always practicing. Courtney received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in French Horn from Indiana University and her Master’s degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Vocal Jazz from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach where she sang in the award winning vocal jazz group Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter. Courtney teaches pre-school through 8th grade general music, choir and strings at The Country School, and also maintains her own private voice studio. In addition to The Honey Whiskey Trio, she also performs with Vox Femina of Los Angeles.
As a composer and arranger, Courtney focuses primarily on vocal music, in the folk & bluegrass tradition. She arranges for Honey Whiskey Trio, church groups and various choral ensembles.
Ann Louise Jeffries Thaiss was born and raised in Northern Virginia. In 2008 she made the big move out west and settled in Long Beach, CA. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. As a student, she sang in Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg and Pacific Standard Time under the direction of Christine Guter. As a performer Ann Louise is a member of Vox Femina Los Angeles under the direction Dr. Iris Levine and, of course Honey Whiskey Trio (under the direction of the honeys).
Ann Louise teaches preschool music at Manhattan Beach Preschool and private voice and piano at The Lesson Lab in Long Beach.
Christina Wilson was born and raised in Southern California's Inland Empire, and now resides in Long Beach, CA. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Jazz from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. As a performer she has sung with Pacific Chorale, under the direction of John Alexander, Vox Femina Los Angeles, under the direction of Dr. Iris Levine, and Honey Whiskey Trio. As a composer and arranger, she has written pieces in classical, contemporary, and jazz genres for middle school, high school, and collegiate vocal ensembles in the United States. As an educator, she is part of the vocal faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and teaches alongside Courtney and Ann Louise through Honey Whiskey Trio's community outreach efforts.