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becoming a doctor as she follows a
"There are some different approach-
es in the way we work," Turner says. -
"Talia is very good at speaking in front
of people, and Andra can do many
cool things with her voice. I like to do
the songs that make people laugh."
As the trio appears for many Jewish
audiences — Seeds of Peace, Israel
Bonds, B'nai B'rith International ---
they bring some different experiences
Turner builds on musical and dra-
matic roles in community theater and
school, including one in a concert ver-
antor Allan Robuck never
envisioned the impact of an
informal trio he asked to
sing at services one day, but
the three Florida vocalists he intro-
duced went on to catch the attention
of expanding audiences.
Amy Turner, Talia Osteen and
Andra London, college students classi-
cally trained in music, soon began
appearing around the country as a
group called Visions. They will make
their Michigan debut 3 p.m. Sunday,
May 18, at Temple Beth El
in Bloomfield Township.
Robuck, music director
for the trio and often at a
keyboard accompanying the
singers, will join them in
suburban Detroit. A former
rock pianist in the Disney
organization, the cantor has
worked with Visions mem-
bers since they were bat
mitzvah students and sug-
gested the group in 1997.
While Visions' songs have
traditional religious themes,
Visions:. Their songs have traditional religious
their sounds project a con-
but their sounds project a contemporary beat.
temporary beat and will be
heard in a program jointly
sion of Les Miserables. In the midst of
sponsored by Temple Beth El, the
her travels, she was invited to sing the
Jewish Community Center of
national anthem during a tribute to
Metropolitan Detroit and the Alliance
Michael Douglas at the Simon
for Jewish Education.
Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance.
"We will be doing basic songs from
Osteen, 20, a film student at the
our third CD, The Light of Dawn, and
of Southern California, has
some songs from our second and first
the most extensive professional back-
recordings," says Turner, 19, a student
ground in a variety of media.
at Nashville's Vanderbilt University. "It
For television, she hosted ABC's
will be an hour program featuring
Secrets of the Animal Kingdom and was
some new songs as well. Our passion is
a regular on Field Trip. She acted in
performing, and we all have the same
the Showtime movie Things Behind the
values in what we want to perform."
Sun and voiced her pro-Israeli views
The singers, who use Hebrew and
English lyrics, were close friends
Osteen's acting credits include the
before becoming a stage and recording
Off-Broadway play Not in Front of
act. All three participated in the
Company as well as the touring pro-
Orlando Opera Company Youth
ductions ofJoseph and the Amazing
Ensemble as well as Encore, the high-
Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Diary
school performance troupe of Orlando
Youth Theatre and Academy.
19, a student at Emory
Although they all love entertaining,
University in Atlanta, also worked in a
only two members of the trio plan on
touring production ofJoseph. She has
pursuing show bUsiness as a career.
been a guest soloist at the city's
Turner sticks with her interest in