Sue Trainor * Christina Muir * Jennie Avila

The trio HOT SOUP! simmers with intelligent lyrics, zany humor, spirited musicality and scrumptious three-part harmony. The recipe for this delectable concoction are the blended solo talents of Sue Trainor, Christina Muir and Jennie Avila. Their recordings continue to place this nationally touring trio among the most-played artists on international acoustic radio. Washingtonian Magazine said "Insiders expect the... trio Hot Soup to go far!"

Hot Soup's live shows "sparkle," said Sing Out! Magazine. The trio brings a rare blend of spontaneity and intimacy to their performances, often developing hilarious exchanges among themselves and with the audience. The trio's musical diversity extends to their instrumentation, including a variety of guitar stylings, harp, conga, ubang (a variety of udu), and small percussion such as kokkirico and window shutter. The focus, however, is always the sweet voices, trading lead vocals and capturing harmonies that raise goose bumps. No surprise, really. All three are talented solo performers with recordings of their own in addition to Hot Soup, Soup Happens, and their latest release The Way You Like It.

Find out more about Jennie Avila and her many solo CDs of original songs at Also check out her new Kickstarter CD project of, True CIVIL WAR Stories In Song.

Sue Trainor's website is where she presents two great kid's CDs, the newest of which is called In Our Own Wordssongs for the whole family written with and for elementary school students in an Arts-in-Education program for whole-brain' learning!

Find our more about Christina Muir's latest project - NOTES FROM ACROSS THE SEA - with her Mama, Ann Mayo Muir, resulting in a gorgeous new instrumental CD of original music by Ann and recorded by the Grammy-nominated group, ENSEMBLE GALILEI!

See below ~ Hot Soup makes Martian History

HOT SOUP! History ~


Mars Spirit Rover "Digs" Hot Soup!

It's true!

NASA's 2/20/04 press release reads:

 "Sol 47, Feb 20, 2004: Spirit Digs a Trench

        "On sol 47, ending at 12:36 p.m. February 20, 2004 PST, engineers woke Spirit up to the song "Dig Down Deep,"  by Hot Soup (written by Libby Roderick), and that's exactly what Spirit proceeded to do. The two-hour operation performed by Spirit's left front wheel resulted in a trench 7-8 centimeters deep (2.8 to 3.1 inches) that uncovers fresh soil and possibly ancient information...."

We're thrilled to have connected with Mark Adler, Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Mission Manager -- the guy who picks the songs that get played to start and end each Mars day. He picked the Hot Soup recording of "Dig Down Deep" to start the Spirit digging its historic first trench. Mark found us on iTunes (we're still not sure how we got there).

Here's Mark's note to us:

"I'm the one who picked "Dig Down Deep" to play for Spirit's 47th day on Mars. I was not a fan of Hot Soup before that, but I am now! I stumbled across it while searching on the iTunes Music Store for something to play. I listened to the snippet, and instantly knew that I had found my song for the day. 

The voices, harmony, and rhythm were simply captivating with this soul-penetrating crystalline clarity, and the lyrics were so appropriate, it was freaky. We were going to do our first digging operation with the Spirit rover (making a trench with the wheels) to look under the surface for possible evidence of liquid water having been there at one time. We had to dig to try to answer the question. "There's clear water running through me", "ain't got no answers, got a whole lotta questions", "nothing on the surface seems to satisfy me". The lyrics were right on.

"So you know, the purpose of the Mars Exploration Rovers, their reason for existence, is to determine whether Mars may have once had an environment suitable for life. The key ingredient is water. In particular, liquid water with the appropriate mix of organic chemicals and energy. Essentially, we're looking for hot soup.

"Sue, Christina, and Jennifer: thank you for such a sublime song!" 

HOW ABOUT THAT??!!! Can you imagine how thrilled we are??? 

BTW, we've recommended George Wurzbach's song "We're Martians" to Mark, in case they do find "soup" on the red planet.