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17 January 1950, Mount Vernon, Washington, USA. Bentyne grew up in a musical household; her father was a semi-professional musician who led his own dixieland-style jazz band. When she displayed an interest in singing, her mother encouraged her to sing with the band. She also sang in musical productions at her high school. Although her ambitions lay in an acting career, singing proved to be a magnet and in addition to singing with her fathers group, she also sang with a Seattle band. Among singers Bentyne admires are Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Carmen McCrae, Frank Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan. Bentyne first came to wide attention in 1979 when she replaced Laurel Masse in the immensely popular vocal group, Manhattan Transfer. Her first appearance on record with the group was on the same years Extensions. It was at this time that Manhattan Transfer adopted a more contemporary jazz feel to their performances and Bentynes...