Meet the BOURNÉ Family!
The Bournés (bor-nayz) are a music group consisting of five sisters, three brothers, and their mother. Said to have the “voices of angels,” this family of singers/songwriters, musicians, and arrangers has been performing together for many years all over Chicagoland and the Midwest.
Growing up, music was always a part of the house and in the early years they performed as soloists, duos, trios and quartets. But as each sibling grew up and joined the family band, they finally decided to take the full family show on the road. Their signature sound of soothing melodies and warm harmonies has captivated audiences for more than 10 years. Critics have praised their “glorious voices that, when joined in harmony, create one of the most beautiful, multi-layered sounds imaginable” (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times). Talented not only as music artists, but as dancers, visual artists, designers, writers, speakers and educators, they bring the joy of music, and hope to reach all who hear them with their message of love and the importance of family.
Previous venues include the Auditorium Theatre’s main stage and Katten-Landau Studio at Roosevelt University, the Harris Theater, Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Center, in addition to appearances on Good Day Chicago and Windy City Live, and numerous other conferences, rallies, community events and fundraisers.
The Bournés are natives of Chicago, IL and currently reside in a nearby south suburb.
Giordano Dance honors all that is jazz, past and present
by Laura Molzahn
CHICAGO TRIBUNE | JUN 12, 2016
"A fresh presentation of Randy Duncan's "Can't Take This Away" firmly grounded retro in the eternal. This is a work clearly about death, first presented in 1996 as the finale of the AIDS benefit Dance for Life. It's also celebratory — and never more forcefully than here, with the addition of nine onstage gospel singers, Chicago's Bourne Family. The power and passion of their two introductory hymns, and later their singing along with the usual recorded score, positively galvanized audience and dancers alike, especially when Ailey-inflected gravity turned to Ailey-inflected joy. When the 15 dancers bounded offstage and into the aisles, and the singers came to the lip of the stage, the theater caught fire."
Katherine Bourne thrives amid her family's musical dynasty
by Hedy Weiss
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES | NOV 15, 2017
"The first thing you should know about the Bourne family is that it is comprised of a remarkable mother and her eight adult children, all of whom possess glorious voices that, when joined in unison, create one of the most beautiful, multi-layered sounds imaginable. I heard the Bournes sing for the first time this past summer, when they accompanied Giordano Dance Chicago as part of the Dance for Life program, and their a cappella renditions of “Total Praise” and the hymn “Softly and Tenderly” were so other-worldly it was hard to believe the singers were not on a meticulously mastered recording, or being beamed down to Earth from some higher place. In fact, when they finally emerged into the spotlight after being unseen for most of the performance, the audience at the Auditorium Theatre went wild."