Hampton Avenue Biographies

 
 
 

Debbie Fleming

Debbie has been a professional singer in the Toronto area for over 3 decades. She has been heard singing backup vocals on albums by many recording artists, including  David Clayton Thomas, Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Susan Aglukark, Frank Mills, Rik Emmett, Alan Jackson and many more. As leader of the vocal backup quartet on CTV's Ronnie Prophet Show , she sang and arranged backup vocals for many famed country artists such as George Jones, Crystal Gail and Ronnie Milsap. She has sung live backup vocals for Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdink, Roc Voisine, Susan Aglukark and many others. She has released 5 albums of her own, one entitled Let Me In on the Canadian Talent Library label; a collection of her own country songs, entitled Nothing' In the World That This Old Girl Can't Do; and A Gift of Harmony, Featuring Voices of Hampton Avenue on the RDR label. The latter CD, released in 2003,  features songs and vocal arrangements crafted by Debbie, and may be purchased on this site. Hampton Avenue MarketIn 2004, she released her first solo jazz CD, accompanied by some of Toronto's primo musicians.  This recording, entitled "Steppin' Out" was produced by Debbie, and all songs and arrangements are hers.  Visit Debbie's website for more information   Debbie Fleming.ca  In 2016, she released and produced an album featuring all Bacharach/David songs, with some arrangements by her.  This CD - Back To Bacharach - Full Circle - can also be purchased from Debbie's website.

Debbie has done most of the vocal arrangements for Hampton Avenue -  these vocal arrangements are being sung by choral ensembles all over the world, and may be purchased on this site. 

In 1995, Debbie's love of songwriting, vocal harmony and groups such as Take 6, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer, The Hi Lo's and New York Voices led her to assemble the stellar group of Hampton Avenue singers from the top of her extensive list of vocalists -- all of whom were chosen for their excellent sight-reading abilities, pitch and blending capabilities.    Under Debbie's direction, the group won Jazz Report Vocal Group of the year award in 1999.

Debbie is still keeping busy - singing some studio gigs, singing jazz, R&B and Latin gigs,  arranging for Hampton Avenue and The Ault Sisters,  and doing her own solo shows, accompanied by her own guitar and ukulele.

After singing in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 40 years, Debbie left the choir in 2016.  She is still called upon as an alumna, to perform with the choir and Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall, and most recently has sung Handel's Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana and Beethoven's 9th.

 
Visit Debbie at debbiefleming.ca

Subashini (Suba) Sankaran

DORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion with Autorickshaw,  master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay Due (with Dylan Bell), Retrocity (80s a cappella revue), Hampton Avenue (a cappella jazz vocal ensemble) and has performed across Canada, the US, UK, Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Far East.  Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu, and performing with Bobby McFerrin and the Swingle Singers.  Suba is in demand as a performer, choral director, producer, arranger, educator and composer. 

Visit Suba at  www.subasankaran.com

Dylan Bell

Dylan is a mainstay on the Canadian music scene, having sung with many of Canada’s premiere vocal ensembles such as Cadence; Hampton Avenue, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The Watch, the eclectic FreePlay Duo, and the 1980s-era vocal pop group Retrocity. When he’s not singing, he freelances as a keyboard player and bassist, working with varied artists from classical violinist Lara St. John, to world-music’s Autorickshaw, to veteran rockers Honeymoon Suite, as well as studio and theatrical work.

Behind the mixing board, Dylan has produced or engineered several award-winning albums, including a Juno co-nomination as Best Engineer for the Cadence album Twenty For One, the album Ferris Wheels with the world-renowned Swingle Singers from London, England, and the most recent, Juno-nominated album with the a cappella legends The Nylons, Skin Tight.

Dylan’s work as a composer and arranger has garnered international recognition, as winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition and a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award.  When it comes to vocal arranging, Dylan wrote the book… literally. His major work “A Cappella Arranging” (co-written with Deke Sharon) was published by Hal Leonard Music in 2013 to international acclaim. His choral compositions can be heard in such varying contexts as the Victoria Scholars, the Canadian Chamber Choir, and Cadence. Dylan is also in demand worldwide as an instrumental teacher and vocal/choral clinician.

Visit Dylan at www.dylanbell.ca.

Tom Lillington

Tom Lillington keeps busy with a wide range of activities in the Toronto area.  As well as maintaining a full schedule as a Certified Piano Technician (CPT, George Brown College), Tom is also an accomplished composer (BFA, York University), pianist, accompanist, arranger, director and vocalist performing with many different groups throughout Ontario and Canada. 

  A mainstay on the Toronto acappella scene for the last 20 years, Tom is also a founding member of both the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir, 80's vocal group Retrocity, and currently sings regularly with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers and numerous other ensembles.

  Tom’s bass voice can be heard singing in numerous jingles, soundtracks and recordings. As a composer and Music Director he is currently in his 17th season with the Driftwood Theatre Group, which provides accessible theatre to small communities throughout Ontario.