Velocity! Quartet

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Velocity! is a relatively new quartet formed from Springfield Metro Chorus members, Cheryl Blackburn-tenor, Julie Hockensmith-bass, Cindy Griot-baritone and Anita Whaley-lead.


Cheryl has been singing and loving Barbershop harmony for 5 years.  She enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her husband, Malcom, and grandchildren.   Cheryl is active in her church and helping Malcom with his many charitable endeavors.


When Julie heard several SMC members singing on KSMU and stating they needed more bass voices for the chorus, she took this as a sign to join and has been rewarded with music and new friends since 2013. She sang professionally for 27 years , but Barbershop is a whole new experience for her. Apart from music (is there anything else ??!!??), Julie loves to cook, knit, and sew. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy traveling to new places to see how the rest of the world lives.


Cindy has been enjoying singing with SAI for 18 years, loving the" harmonies." She has grown up singing in church, and with family for as long as she can remember. 

She and her husband Lane enjoy antiquing and refurbishing as well as designing home interiors. "Guess when your momma sings bass and your daddy sings tenor, it makes you a baritone!!?"


Anita has been singing barbershop for almost 2 years.  She loves to sing and finds the harmony of Sweet Adeline music to be one of the most fun and satisfying things she's ever tried. She likes to spend time on the water with her hubby and kids, bake up delicious things in the kitchen, and love on her grandbabies. There isn't much of anything she does that doesn't include singing. <3


We hope to share the joy we get from singing with all who hear us!

Awards and Achievements: 

2017 - Sweet Adelines International Region 25 Novice Quartet Award for the highest scoring novice quartet