The Ault Sisters – A Brief History
The Ault Sisters are a Toronto-based vocal jazz trio composed of 3 sisters – Amanda, Alicia, and Alanna Ault. They are known for their signature close harmonies, reminiscent of such past vocal groups as The Manhattan Transfer, The Andrew Sisters and The McGuire Sisters. They are extremely versatile singers, with a genre-defying repertoire that draws from jazz, pop, r&b, blues, funk, folk, and even classic rock. An Ault Sisters’ show is normally comprised of a mix of standards and original tunes, carefully chosen to cater to the tastes of the venue and audience where they will be performing.
This vocal trio has been producing music together for over a decade, with their first CD, Christmas Feelings, being released back in 2006. On disc and in performance, different sisters take the lead on different tracks, adding to the vocal variety, while their intricately interwoven harmonies form a central part of the songs which they perform. In 2010, The Ault Sisters began working with Toronto producer, Greg Kavanagh, and released their second CD, Butterflies, which contained a mix of jazz and pop songs, reimagined to feature the girls’ 3-part close harmonies. This was followed up by their most recent CD, Timeless, again produced by Kavanagh and released in 2014, which included the girls’ take on such classics as Boy From New York City, When I Fall In Love, Moondance, and For Once In My Life.
The Ault Sisters most recent project consists of a foray into the world of television. They were recruited by Marilyn Lightstone to be singers on a new television show for Zoomer Media called Your All Time Classic Hit Parade. To date five episodes have been filmed and the show is scheduled to premiere on VisionTV on November 3 rd , 2017.
The Ault Sisters have enjoyed tremendous support from CBC Radio in Canada, with several tracks from Timeless playing on such shows as Here and Now, Tonic, and Fresh Air. The track, “Back To You”, from Timeless was chosen in January, 2014 as CBC Radio 99.1 FM Here and Now’s Song of the Week. Timeless has also received radio play on various radio stations across Canada, and on over 50 radio and internet stations in the US, including 6 Billboard stations. It has had extensive coverage on college and campus radio in 2014, which resulted in strong showings on Earshot National Jazz chart, Radio Laurier, CFBX, CHRY, CJLY and CFRC jazz charts. They have performed at a number of Ontario music festivals, such as Beaches International Jazz Festival, Jazz On the Mountain At Blue, Barrie Jazz Festival, Barrie Promenade Days, Burlington Sound of Music Festival, and the Oakville Jazz Festival. The Ault Sisters have also performed at such local venues as Toronto’s Jazz Bistro, Hugh’s Room, Lula Lounge, Monarch’s Pub, Gate 403, and 120 Diner, and Hamilton’s Artword Artbar. They have worked with some of Toronto’s top musicians, such as Robi Botos, Mark Kieswetter, Adrean Farrugia, George Koller, Justin Gray, Nathan Hiltz, Ted Quinlan, Ben Riley, Davide DiRenzo, Mark Kelso, and Ethan Ardelli.