Founded in 2012, The Riveters is one of the newest all-female vocal groups to hit the a cappella scene. Based out of Oakland, CA, The Riveters had their live debut last June at SheSings Women's A Cappella Festival and were received with much acclaim. In September 2013, The Riveters were nominated for an A Cappella Community Award in the category of "Favorite Newcomer Group" and one of their singers/arrangers, Lisa Forkish, was nominated for "Favorite Arranger." In addition to receiving praise from the a cappella community, U.K. soul artist Laura Mvula shared The Riveters' cover of her song "She" and exclaimed, "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh wow!" The Riveters EP was released in December 2013 and is available for digital download on iTunes and on Loudr.
Coming from various high school, collegiate and pro groups including 'Til Dawn, Vocal Rush Divisi, Noteworthy, Ro Sham Bo and The Backbeats, this fierce fivesome is armed and ready to bring their fresh, soulful sound into the world. Collectively, members of The Riveters have won a CARA Award for "Best Soloist," lead groups to win the ICCA/ICHSA Finals, competed on The Sing-Off, recorded vocals for Karaoke Revolution and Guitar Hero, and co-founded the Women's A Cappella Association. Outside of The Riveters and a cappella, these five vocalists perform in the realms of jazz, soul, progressive rock, folk and R&B, but describe their "Riveters" sound as soulful and dynamic. Learn more about Riveters Lisa Forkish, Moorea Dickason, Sarah Vela, Stevie Greenwell and Courtney Jensen below!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Shaking my head at The Riveters. My mind is blown." - Angelique Bradford (vocalist, The Pow Arrangers)
"Safe to say that The Riveters have some sexy vocals and are making me feel things." - Lo Barreiro (vocalist/arranger, Musae)
"The Riveters are one of the most compelling a cappella groups I have seen in a long time. They have power in all the right places and remind me why I love singing in the first place." - Jo Vinson (vocalist, Musae/Delilah/Overboard)
"The Riveters are my absolute favorite women's a cappella group at the moment! They bring a new fresh & innovative sound to the genre that is unlike any sound I've heard - it's rich, sexy & strong. They've got a unique vocal style delivering close harmonies, gorgeous musical dissonance & compelling solos. These women perform with a sultry confidence that sets them apart from any other group out there right now." - Evynne Hollens (vocalist, Divisi co-founder)
"After a long day of working on music, I turn the few YouTube videos someone posted of the Riveters; audio quality is irrelevant when you have so much vision, talent, and direction. I'm not sure the world is ready for more, but I can't wait!" -- Ted Trembinski (producer/engineer, The Vocal Company)
MEET THE RIVETERS
Lisa Forkish: In addition to singing with and arranging for The Riveters, Lisa is also an accomplished composer, educator and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. A native of Eugene, OR and currently based out of Oakland, CA, Lisa has performed all over the country in various capacities, and has shared the stage with a wide range of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Pink Martini and Stephen Schwartz, and in 2010, had the honor of opening for k.d. lang at Hillary Clinton's birthday party. As a songwriter/composer, Lisa has many accolades to her name; she was the winner of Portland's “Songwriter of the Year” competition in 2009 and was one of only 12 young composers selected to participate in the 2010 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project, an intensive summer program at Northwestern University where she had the honor of working with Broadway composer/lyricists Craig Carnelia and Andrew Lippa, as well three-time Grammy-winner Lari White. Lisa has been involved with a cappella since 2002, singing, producing, adjudicating and arranging, and from '03-'06 served as music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group Divisi, 2nd place winners at the 2005 ICCA Finals and featured in GQ editor Mickey Rapkin’s best-selling book “Pitch Perfect." Currently, Lisa is on Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she is founder and directer of the school's acclaimed a cappella group Vocal Rush: two-time International Championship of High School A Cappella winners and third place on NBC's "The Sing-Off." Lisa can be found at www.lisaforkish.com.
Moorea Dickason: Besides singing and arranging for The Riveters, she is the lead singer of MoeTar, a progressive music band based out of Oakland. She is also a sought after studio session singer with credits including Garage Band, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution and Karaoke Revolution video games. She studied vocal jazz and piano at Phil Mattson's School for Music Vocations and quickly came home to the Bay and started her professional music career. She teaches private voice lessons, sings with many bands around the Bay and also works part time at the non-profit organization, One Circle Foundation which promotes healthy relationships for youth. Check out a video of her singing at the beginining of May with MoeTar at RosFest in Gettysburg, PA:http://youtu.be/T-eaKO-CvgE.
Sarah Vela: As The Riveters' youngest member, Sarah already has quite an impressive resume. She is a graduate of the renowned Oakland School for the Arts and was a founding member of two-time national a cappella champions, Vocal Rush. Sarah has performed for Governor Jerry Brown and President Obama and has performed at such notable venues as The Fox Theater and Yoshi's Oakland. Sarah is the recipient of both the 2012 International Championship of HS A Cappella (ICHSA) "Outstanding Soloist" award and the 2013 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for "Best High School Soloist." You may have also seen her on NBC's "The Sing-Off" as one of Vocal Rush's featured vocalists, receiving exceptional praise from judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Jewel. Sarah has been admitted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and plans to begin her studies in September, 2014.
Stevie Greenwell: When not singing with the Riveters, Stevie Greenwell's life is still surrounded in harmony. She is the Choral Director at the Marin School of the Arts and a faculty member of the summer singing program Own the Mic. Stevie teaches private voice lessons and occasionally fits in a gig around the bay area such as a recent appearance with the soul band Otis and being the featured artist at a breast cancer benefit, Stepping into Life. Stevie spent a few years volunteering in Zambia and had the chance to clinic community choirs, teach a song writing after school program, and sit in with some Zam-pop artists in Lusaka. She studied Music Education at Willamette University. Stevie started singing a cappella in High school and then founded an a women's group call Vamp at her University. What could be better than women coming together in harmony?!
Courtney Jensen: Most recently seen on The Sing-Off Season 2, Courtney is a singer, beatboxer, and performer in the Backbeats. She attended Brigham Young University where she majored in Theater with an Emphasis in Directing & was also a member of award-winning women's group Noteworthy (who also appeared on Season 1 of The Sing-Off).
We are delighted to be competing for the first time in the Bay Area Harmony Sweeps!! Come cheer us on!!
The Riveters EP has arrived!!!
We are SO pleased to introduce our debut, self-titled recording featuring five of our favorite arrangements, including this cover of Dolly Parton's hit song "Jolene" featuring Sarah Vela on lead vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kPu0sWFX-A
You can download The Riveters EP on iTunes or on Loudr.
The Riveters Fall Recording Project!
We are delighted to announce that we will be recording an EP this fall! The EP will feature favorites from last summer's debut at SheSings 2013 as well as an exciting new track. Look for announcements about release date soon!!
Welcome Courtney Jensen!!
The Riveters have a brand new member!!! We welcome Courtney Jensen to the group with open arms! Courtney is a fantastic beat-boxer and will be heard performing with The Riveters for the first time on our upcoming EP!
We are honored to be nominated for an A Cappella Community Award in the category of Favorite Newcomer Group. One of our singers/arrangers Lisa Forkish was also nominated for Favorite Arranger. Congrats to all the incredible nominees!