Chime! is a women’s a cappella quartet, singing in the barbershop style. We are all members of the worldwide women’s singing organization Sweet Adelines International and the Inland Empire Chorus.
Lesly Bonnett - Tenor | Irene Loftis - Lead
Kathy Bowman - Baritone | Debbi McNay - Bass
Our tenor, Lesly, sings a light pure harmony part above the lead. She experimented with many musical instruments in her youth before deciding that voice was her favorite. Lesly sang in a variety of choral groups and musical productions throughout high school and college before joining the Inland Empire Chorus in 2001. She has taught Kindergarten for more than 30 years. Lesly and her husband, Bob, have two grown sons.
Irene, our lead, shares the story of the song with her clear and sweet voice. She grew up in Long Beach, and has loved singing as long as she can remember. Irene raised two wonderful children and taught elementary school for 37 years. Once her kids were busy with their own families and she retired, Irene searched for something she'd enjoy. She discovered Sweet Adelines in 2016, and she is so glad she did! Irene is having so much fun learning new music, laughing, and performing with her new singing sisters!
Kathy is our baritone and she makes chords richer with her mellow tone. Kathy grew up on a farm in Indiana, singing in school choirs and musicals, in church and in the car going places with the family. She married Steve and followed him to California where they raised three children. Retired from teaching French and Library Media, Kathy does grandma duty and loves making music barbershop style.
Our bass, Debbi, gives Chime a strong foundation to make chords ring. She grew up in Norco in a home full of music. Debbi sang in high school and college before settling down with her sweetheart, Allan, and their two wonderful girls. She worked in local government for 34 years, serving as City Clerk of the City of Norco and Assistant City Clerk/Records Manager for the City of Rancho Cucamonga, before retiring in 2015 to rediscover the joy of music.
We sing together, because music is a universal language that we love to share with each other and our audiences.