The Supreme sound at Castle Hill RSL

Supreme trio: (from left) Kathy Merrick, Kaaren Ragland and Althea Burkhalter combined their 40 years of experience into the "only female group of its type" The Sounds of the Supremes.

Supreme trio: (from left) Kathy Merrick, Kaaren Ragland and Althea Burkhalter combined their 40 years of experience into the "only female group of its type" The Sounds of the Supremes.

KAAREN Ragland didn't let the dissolution of female singing group The Supremes 70s/80s end her music career.

After performing all over the world with original "Supreme" Mary Wilson and Karen Jackson, Ragland went on to form The Sounds of the Supremes.

When asked if her group's show is close to the original Supremes experience she said: "We're it — there is nothing like our group around.

"We enhanced the original choreography and gave it a bit more energy," she said.

"We've also enhanced the sound by changing the songs from two-point harmonies to three."

The group, Ragland, Kathy Merrick and

Althea Burkhalter, has sung in more than 60 countries since the late '80s, including a visit to Australia in 2006.

"This will be the first time we're going all over Australia and I'm really excited," Ragland said.

"Australian audiences are similar to America's — you're laid back, fun and sing out when you know the tunes."

Getting people to "sing out" isn't a problem as The Sounds of the Supremes perform most of The Supremes' chart-topping hits.

"The die-hard fans will remember the songs we sang from the '70s and '80s but it always amazes me how we have fans of all ages. It's heart-warming.

"Diana Ross did so much for all women and The Supremes really paved the way for female groups today," Ragland said.

■ The Sounds of the Supremes will perform at Castle Hill RSL on June 21 (bookings: 8858 4800), Windsor RSL Club on June 22 (4587 6900) and the Hornsby RSL Club on June 19 (9477 7777).

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