Bringing Carolina sass to the Pacific Northwest, Cheryse McLeod Lewis is a Greensboro, NC native who was raised on fabulous Motown music and hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
As the founder and executive producer of The Jewel Tones, Cheryse loves performing for Motown fans of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents. She's the Alto of the trio.
Random Fun Fact: Cheryse is also a professional opera singer who once performed on the 1st National Broadway Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Born in San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Galafa is a lover of sun, sand, and shrimp burritos.
Aside from putting hot sauce on almost everything she eats, she adds spice to The Jewel Tones vocals by singing 2nd soprano on most of the arrangements.
Random Fun Fact: Elizabeth loves to watch Hallmark Christmas movies and occasionally talks her husband into watching them with her. And her birthday is Christmas Day.
Rachel Nofziger is thrilled and honored to be living her childhood dream of singing soulful, bold jams with two strong women.
Seattle is her home and she revels in bringing history, joy, and community to life through Motown-inspired shows. Rachel sings 1st soprano in the trio.
Random Fun Fact: When not singing opera or Motown, Rachel is a mother of three, a nurse, and an urban farmer.
The Jewel Tones launched in April 2019 and before the end of that year, we had performed for several high profile events including Enchant Christmas at T-Mobile Park, Marysville Opera House Holiday Variety Show, Resonance at SOMA Thursday Concert Series, as well as private events for Associated Catholic Cemeteries, City of Tukwila, Timber Ridge at Talus, Judson Park, Emerald Heights, Fairwinds Redmond, and Fieldstone Issaquah.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled all of our 2020 engagements including our orchestra debut with the Issaquah Philharmonic as well as our debut with live band on the 2020 Kent Station Summer Concert Series. We look forward to being back onstage in 2021 as soon as it is safe to do so. Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @MotownJewelTones for latest news and announcements.
Meet The Jewel Tones
The word Motown is short for its Detroit birthplace, AKA "Motor Town".