Sunday, January 27, 2008

Preparing to Record "One World" - Costume-Making



We listened to many different Celtic songs and went with Celtic Woman’s “One World” because it’s a very powerful song about people working together to create a better world for everyone.

We wanted ethereal costumes to reflect the mood of our song and found a pattern for Celtic/Medieval dresses that was simple, modest, and beautiful. The most difficult part of that process was finding different colors that we all liked and that looked nice altogether!

We bought the material and spent the weekend cutting out our patterns and watching movies together. Mom and Christina sewed our dresses this weekend because Mom has knee surgery scheduled for Tuesday.

Costume Ideas (we chose a pattern similar to the top left dress):

Friday, January 18, 2008

Creating GaleSong



Earlier this month, Mom was reading the news and came across an NBC page that talked about the “America’s Got Talent” auditions. She thought about us and wondered if we might be interested in trying out for something like this. We all agreed that it would be a wonderful opportunity for us to improve our singing and have fun spending time together as sisters.

We had our first official meeting today to decide: our goals, our dreams, which roles each of us would play in our group, the name of our group, which song we should record first, and what to do about costuming.

Originally, we wanted our group name to be “NightinGales” because it’s a play on our last name (Gale) and the songbird that sings at night (we love to stay up late!) We quickly discovered, however, that there was already a group with the name we liked so we decided on “GaleSong”; still a play on our last name, and the fact that we like music. 

A few of our costume ideas:

Monday, January 14, 2008

About Us

GaleSong is a group of five sisters who enjoy singing together! We started our group in 2007 as a fun hobby to allow us to creatively express ourselves through music. We especially enjoy uplifting, inspiring songs, and hope we can make the world a little better through our melodies.

Each of us have participated in audition choirs at both high school and college levels. We’ve also had some voice lessons and we’re constantly practicing to improve our voices.

First group project: 2007 when we recorded a couple of CD’s as Christmas presents for our friends and family. In 2008, we formalized our group when we auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” in San Diego. (For a complete timeline of important events, please see this post).

We’re not connected with any record label or marketing company. Everything we’ve accomplished to this point has been done and paid for by us, with a lot of help from our wonderful friends and family.

In the summer of 2013 we purchased a keyboard, microphone, sound mixer, and software so that we could produce our own recordings. We also do our own music arrangements, photography, costumes, marketing, editing, videos, social media, and etc., sometimes through trades with friends and always with the encouragement of our amazing family.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our Blog! We appreciate your support.
Sincerely, GaleSong

PS - If you'd like to contribute to our group or arrange a song for us, please contact us! galesongmusic at gmail dot com

Last updated: August 2016.

About the GaleSong Sisters (eldest to youngest):

Christina Gale Borrowman:
Range: low alto to mid soprano.
Languages: English, Spanish, American Sign Language.
Education: BA in Family History/Genealogy – British Emphasis from Brigham Young University.
Occupation: wife and mom to 5 incredible children; owner of design/sewing company www.JoyfulRose.com.
Hobbies: singing, photography, graphic design, reading, sewing, scuba diving, gaming (World of Warcraft).
Favorite Color: fuchsia
Favorite Foods: chocolate, bacon, chips, mint ice cream.
GaleSong Nickname: “our foghorn”.
Interesting Facts: She went on an 18-month Mormon Church Mission to Chile, Santiago South in 1999-2000. Did her 6-week genealogy internship on-site in Plymouth and Exeter, England in 2002. She is on the Babyville Boutique Design Team and has been published in two of Prym’s Babyville Boutique books (2012). She works with Spoonflower to create amazing designs for fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/joyfulrose. She is married to an incredible, supportive husband.

Tanya Gale:
Range: mid alto to high soprano.
Languages: English, Italian.
Education: BA in Sociology from Brigham Young University.
Occupation: HEAT (Home Energy Assistance Target) Program Manager.
Hobbies: photography, singing, cooking, design, video editing, gaming (World of Warcraft), all things Disney!
Favorite Color: electric blue.
Favorite Foods: pasta, chocolate.
GaleSong Nickname: “our second mom”.
Interesting Facts: she went on an 18-month Mormon Church Mission to Rome, Italy in 2003-2004. She did an Internship on-location in Disney World – Florida in 2007. She spent a summer studying at BYU-Hawaii with Tamara and Tiffany in 2007. She works at a non-profit organization where she helps people learn about and apply for state programs.

Tamara Gale McKay:
Range: low alto to mid soprano.
Languages: English, Indonesian.
Education: BA in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University - Idaho.
Occupation: wife and mom to an amazing little boy and a precious girl (coming soon!)
Hobbies: crocheting, singing, photography, baking, reading, crafts.
Favorite Color: yellow.
Favorite Foods: satay, ribs, funfetti cake and frosting.
GaleSong Nickname: “our sunflower”.
Interesting Facts: she went on an 18-month Mormon Church Mission to Indonesia in 2005-2006. She taught 4th Grade in Utah and Idaho for 3 years. She spent a summer studying at BYU-Hawaii with Tanya and Tiffany in 2007. She is married to a wonderful Scotsman who has a fantastic accent.

Tiffany Gale:
Range: mid alto to high soprano.
Languages: English, Russian.
Education: BA in Russian from Brigham Young University.
Occupation: arranging music for GaleSong.
Hobbies: singing, playing the cello, music, photography, hiking, scuba diving.
Favorite Color: purple.
Favorite Foods: apple pie, ice cream, fruits.
GaleSong Nickname: “our fearless leader”.
Interesting Facts: she is a Cancer Survivor! In September 2013, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She went through surgery and is now recovering well. She did her radiation treatment in May 2014. She went on an 18-month Mormon Church Mission to Moscow, Russia in 2009-2010. She spent a summer studying at BYU-Hawaii with Tanya and Tamara in 2007. She did a Study Abroad program in Russia during the Fall of 2013.

Natalie Gale Stevens:
Range: mid alto to high soprano.
Languages: English.
Education: working on a double BA in Music and Dance.
Occupation: wife and mom to 2 precious children.
Hobbies: dancing, singing, hiking, photography, gaming (World of Warcraft).
Favorite Color: green.
Favorite Foods: ribs, chocolate, cookies.
GaleSong Nickname: “our mascot”.
Interesting Facts: she is on the Ballroom Dance Tour Team for Utah Valley University. She was called on a Mormon Church Mission to Wisconsin in 2013. She felt that she was needed elsewhere and came home in the spring of 2013. She is married to a wonderful, supportive man.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

GaleSong Timeline of Important Events

GaleSong Timeline

August 30, 2007
Recording: 1st CD, “Blessings”, and 2nd CD, “Over the Rainbow”.
Location: the Hoffman House. Orem, Utah.
Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tamara, Tiffany, Natalie, Papa (AJ Bate), Mom and Dad (Cynthia and Craig Gale), Keith Borrowman II, David, John Sargeant.

November 20, 2007
                Vocal Tracks: finishing up.
Location: the Hoffman House. Orem, Utah.
Important People: Christina, David, Tiffany.

January 18, 2008
First official meeting. Chose our name, “GaleSong”. Decided to sing “One World” for our audition at “America’s Got Talent”.

January 27, 2008
                Sewed costumes for “One World” music video.

February 15, 2008
                Vocal Track: Tiffany’s arrangement of Celtic Woman’s “One World”.
                Location: Muse Music. Provo, Utah.
                Important People: GaleSong, John Sargeant.

February 16, 2008
                Video Shoot: “One World”.
                Location: Utah Lake. Provo, Utah.
                Important People: GaleSong, Mom, Michael Burton.

March 11, 2008
                Audition: “America’s Got Talent”. We sang “Beyond the Sea” and “One World”.
                Location: San Diego, California.
               
May 3, 2008
                Recording: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to send to “America’s Got Talent”.

June 11, 2008
                Vocal Track: “One Voice”.

December 17, 2008
                Rehearsal: for our 1st Christmas Concert.

December 19, 2008
                Performance: “GaleSong Christmas Concert”
                Location: Orem, Utah.
Important People: GaleSong, John Sargeant, Sylvia Muhlestein, Bekah Ludlow, and our fantastic friends and family.

May 14-15, 2010
                Performance: Timpanogos Ballroom Dance Concert. We sang, “Only Hope”.
                Location: Timpanogos High School. Orem, Utah.
                Singers: Christina, Tanya, Tamara. Dancer: Natalie.

December 21, 2010
                Performance: Christmas Concert, “An Evening of Joy”
                Location: Orem, Utah.
Important People: GaleSong, Michelle Bate, Keith III, Mark, and our wonderful friends and family.

May 13-14, 2011
                Performance: Timpanogos Ballroom Concert. We sang, “Only Hope”.
                Location: Timpanogos High School. Orem, Utah.
                Singers: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany. Dancer: Natalie.

September 2, 2011
                Vocal Track: “Consider the Lilies”.
Location: the Hoffman House. Orem, Utah.
                Important People: GaleSong, John Sargeant.

November 24, 2011
                Performance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
                Location: Sweet’s Island Restaurant. Provo, Utah.

December 10, 2011
Audition: “America’s Got Talent”. We sang, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
Location: Anaheim, California.

March 17, 2012
                Vocal Track: “Lament of the Highborne”, from Blizzard’s “World of Warcraft”.
                Location: Sylvia Muhlestein Home.
                Important People: GaleSong, Michelle Bate, John Sargeant, Sylvia Muhlestein.

July 12-13, 2013
                Video Shoot: “Lament of the Highborne”, for the BlizzCon 2013 Video Contest.
                Location: Uintah Mountains, Utah.
Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany, Natalie, Mom and Dad (Cynthia and Craig Gale), Keith Borrowman II, Keith Borrowman III, Adam Borrowman, Samuel Gale-Hess, Michael Coones, Tiffanie and Alvaro Zilleruelo, Doug Nelson.

July 24, 2013
                Video Shoot: “Lament of the Highborne”, for the BlizzCon 2013 Talent Contest.
                Location: Stonehenge of Orem, Utah.
                Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany, Natalie, Mom (Cynthia Gale), Phillip Stevens.

August 11, 2013
                Vocal Track: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
                Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany, Natalie.

August 12, 2013
                Pre-Screening: “Lament of the Highborne”, for the BlizzCon 2013 Video Contest.
                Location: Sweet’s Island Restaurant. Provo, Utah.
Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany, Natalie, Mom and Dad (Cynthia and Craig Gale), Keith Borrowman II, Keith Borrowman III, Adam Borrowman, Samuel Gale-Hess, Michael Coones, Alvaro Zilleruelo, Doug Nelson, and our amazing friends and family.

August 19, 2013
                Video Shoot: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, for “DoTerra’s Got Talent 2013” Contest.
                Location: Orem, Utah.
                Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany, Natalie,  Mom (Cynthia Gale), Phillip Stevens.

August 21, 2013
                Submission: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, for “DoTerra’s Got Talent 2013” Contest.

August 24, 2013
                Submission: “Lament of the Highborne”, for the BlizzCon 2013 Talent Contest.

August 30, 2013
                Vocal Track and Video Shoot: “Kiss the Girl”, for Disney’s “Find Your Voice” Contest.

September 27, 2013
Contest: in the Community’s Choice Poll for the BlizzCon 2013 Talent Contest for “Lament of the Highborne”.

November 8, 2013
Contest: “Lament of the Highborne” by GaleSong, shown on the big screen at Blizzcon 2013 in Anaheim, California.

November 9, 2013
Video Posted: “Lament of the Highborne”, full version of our Live Action video from the Blizzcon 2013 Talent Contest.

January 29, 2014
Commercial Shoot: for Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2014. We wore our night elf costumes from our “Lament of the Highborne” video.
Location:

February 20, 2014
Commercial Posted: “Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2014”. The commercial is 30 seconds long; you can see us at the 3-second mark!

July 24-August 4, 2014
                Costuming: “Nightsong”, for the Blizzcon 2014 Talent Contest.

July 28, 2014
                Vocal Track: “Nightsong”, for the Blizzcon 2014 Talent Contest.

August 4, 2014
                Video Shoot: “Nightsong”, for the Blizzcon 2014 Talent Contest.
                Location: Provo, Utah.
Important People: Christina, Tanya, Tiffany, Natalie, Mom and Dad (Cynthia and Craig Gale), Keith Borrowman II, Phillip Stevens.  

August 19, 2014
Submission: “Nightsong”, for the BlizzCon 2014 Talent Contest (shortened and full-length versions).