Hampton Avenue Biographies

 
 
 

Debbie Fleming
Debbie has been a professional singer in the Toronto area for over 2 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 3 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 Market

Debbie is currently a vocal contractor in Toronto,directing The Toronto Studio Choir for recording sessions, as well as composing music for movies and television, songwriting and arranging. Her voice may be heard on many commercials and jingles on TV and radio. Her vocal arrangements are being sung by choral ensembles all over the world, and may be purchased on this site. 

Her love of songwriting, and vocal harmony 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 currently directs, sings in and arranges for  rootsy female trio called 
The ChoirGirlz   This group features Debbie on guitar and voice, and singers Mary Ellen Moore and Dorothy McDonall. Their specialty is country and bluegrass and a pot pourri of other styles.  All three of these ladies met while members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  They released their first CD entitled "Angel Wings" in 2003, and will be recording another album in 2005.

Debbie has just 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 
 
 

Judy Tate
Judy is no longer a member of Hampton  Avenue.
Subashini (Suba) Sankaran
Suba holds her Master's Degree in Music from York University in Toronto. She teaches keyboard, piano and voice and is an accompanist for dance classes, and musical theater productions. For 3 years she directed Wibijazz'n': The Winters' College Killer Chorus, a contemporary jazz choir based at York University. Suba composes, arranges and transcribes music for various genres.  Suba also performs Karnatak (South Indian Classical) music and is a member of an ensemble led by her father, the renowned master drummer, Trichy Sankaran.  She is a founding member of "Voyces Past", a female quartet specializing in renaissance music and madrigals, and sings in Retrocity -- an '80's retro acappella vocal septet. Suba is also a session singer, adding her voice  to jingles, sountracks and recordings.  She leads the Jazz Choir at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has her own "east meets west" musical ensemble called Autorickshaw- combining south Indian and jazz,instrumental and vocal genres.
Larry Folk
Larry is no longer a member of Hampton Avenue.
Dylan Bell
Dylan sings tenor with Hampton Avenue. Hailing from Orillia Ontario, he is an accomplished Toronto based vocalist, pianist, bassist, composer and arranger, as well as being a qualified teacher. He released a solo album Dylan Bell and The Autonomous Collective and the co-produced  2 albums as director/conductor with the vocal ensemble Wibijazz'n'  He was the engineer and co-producer of Wibi's newest CD, released in 2003. . Dylan sings in the 80's retro vocal ensemble, Retrocity, and is the keyboard player for R&B band  Soul Foundation . He has also played keyboards with artists such as Kelita, and Wendy Lands .He is the director of the Hart House Jazz Ensemble, and is a primo Vocal Percussionist, as well as a busy session singer. On Sundays, he can be seen at Sunday services,leading his own church choir. Dylan is the newest member of award-winning a cappella quartet - Cadence
Tim Olfert
Tim Olfert has recently returned to the west coast where he grew up, and we miss him a lot.
Tom Lillington
Tom, Hampton Avenue's funky bass singer, keeps busy with a wide range of activities in Toronto.  As well keeping a full schedule as a piano technician, he also co-manages an excellent second-hand bookstore in TO, "Second Time Around".

Musically, Tom is a composer, accompanist, arranger and vocalist performing for various different groups.  He was a founding member of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, acappella 80's group Retrocity, and currently sings with the stellar new Canadian Chamber Choir under Iwan Edwards.
Recently he has co-written original music with Cadence's Kevin Fox for the Driftwood Theatre Company's production of "As You Like It".

Tom can be heard in jingles, soundtracks and recordings as a much in-demand bass singing maestro.