The British pop group Swing Out Sister will kick off their United States tour in Chicago at the House Of Blues on July 2. Swing Out Sister was popular in the ’80s for their danceable and uplifting music, that flowed with funky jazz and soulful arrangements.
Swing Out Sister is best known for their 1986 single “Breakout,” that hit the top ten in the UK and Japan, and topped the adult contemporary charts in the U.S. Other hits include “Surrender” and “Twilight World”.
Their signature sound which exhibits a flair for jazz and rhythmic melodies, was well received in the United States during the late ’80s. The group earned two Grammy Award nominations in 1988 for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo for their hit single “Breakout”.
Chicago music lovers will appreciate Swing Out Sisters’ thoughtfulness in choosing House Of Blues for their debut tour performance. The group’s remake of Chicago born, singer-producer Eugene Record’s “Am I the Same Girl” became one of their biggest hits in 1986, and gave them their highest ranking on the UK charts.
Record was the lead vocalist of the Chicago soul-funk group The Chi-Lites during the ’60s and ’70s. He produced the original version of “Am I The Same Girl” in 1968 that featured singer Barbara Acklin.
Swing Out Sister is still in top form as they demonstrate in their latest rehearsals filmed just weeks ago in their studios in London, England. “Forever Blue” and “If I Had When Morning” were posted on YouTube and showcases the band recording a series of beautiful musical arrangements. The group is made up of several founding members including lead vocalist Corinne Drewery and pianist Andy Connell.
“If I Had When Morning”
Tickets for Swing Out Sister’s Chicago concert are on sale now at the House of Blues for their July performance. Their FaceBook Page lists other July dates in Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, California, New York, and Florida.