HALO- Barbershop's First Competing African American Quartet

Rooted in the African American heritage of barbershop, we're enthusiastic about connecting more people to the music and to the community. HALO loves harmony-- hip hop AND barbershop!

HALO’s New Lead!

Over the summer, our lead Nadira France graduated from Morgan State University and is now off to pursue exciting new opportunities. As we wish her well, we are excited to welcome Portia Pitts as the new official lead for HALO! Portia first performed with HALO for the MGM Grand 2017 New Year’s celebration and grand opening. She also joined us…

Reflecting on 2016

  Hello, friends, family and followers– long time, no nothin’! While we posted updates for HALO on our Facebook page after International, our feet hit the ground running so hard with all of our individual adventures and the whirlwind that took America by storm with the election… we kinda fell off the grid. But after some Christmas and holiday respite…

HALO Hits St. Louis!!!

For weeks, all four of us had been totally psyched that we were preparing to take a 13 hour drive from Maryland to St. Louis, Missouri on 4th of July weekend. And hardly able to contain ourselves from telling the world, folks would ask us the occasion for our trip– so of course we told them. We were going to…

We did it!!!

Wow, what a weekend! Some folks may remember that HALO had the kerfuffle of trying to negotiate getting to Area contest with everybody’s crazy schedules… no small feat, between a contract with the Dallas Opera, a Motown Rock band, a senior year with the Morgan State University Choir, a toddler and another Harmony quartet (and let’s be real, y’all– Bills.…

HALO at Large!

New happenings with HALO!! So, since our wonderful experience at IC&C last year, we were inspired with the idea of expanding our quartet into an umbrella organization. With the aim of infusing diversity into the Barbershop community, we are bringing together a larger group of culturally diverse singers who embrace this genre as part of the rich heritage of African-American music.…

Serving Youth with Harmony: HALO at the 5th Annual A Capella Workshop

Yesterday, HALO had the awesome privilege of serving as guest clinicians at Loudoun County’s 5th annual A Capella Workshop, where middle-school students who love to sing worked hard to present a concert of songs– 2 songs for the boys, 2 songs for the girls, and one barbershop medley hit: Lida Rose/Dream of Now arranged by Larry Wright. We learned the…

Finding Our Footprints in Barbershop- Part 2

Continuing this article, Abbott then observes the emergence of the white origins theory of barbershop singing, rooted in the writings of three musical scholars in particular– Sigmund Spaeth, C.T. “Deac” Martin and Percy Scholes– whose quotes on the subject ranged from the claim that barbershop singing was a treasured and peculiar art of the Negro, to barbershop’s true heritage a…

The Halo Vision

“The Halo Vision: Reviving the African American Legacy of Barbershop Roots” Hello, everyone! It’s been a very long time since we’ve shared our news with you. Since after the Area 3 contest with Harmony, Inc., our bass, Jasmine, graduated from Morgan State University and relocated to Texas. Preparing for our first International Contest and Convention was very challenging– imagine working…