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Mavis “Swan” Poole: Singing Between the Borders

Interview with the jazz vocalist who performs with Soul Cycle

Mavis "Swan" Poole
Mavis "Swan" Poole

Shannon J. Effinger: Tell us about your background and what led you to become a vocalist?

Mavis “Swan” Poole: I don’t have the standard story. I wasn’t a singer that knew I could sing for a long time. I sang for years in a choir as a background singer. When I was a teenager, I had a friend who told me that I actually had a nice voice and that Sunday, they called me to the front of the church and made me sing in front of everyone. The reaction is what kind of showed me that is probably what I should pursue.

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