Nancy Bourell has been singing since she was three years old. She prepared for a future in music by taking voice and piano in high school and college, and she performed in the musicals Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Camelot among others.

Nancy was bitten by the Sweet Adelines' bug in 1986 when she joined the Lone Star Chorus in Austin. In addition to Lone Star Chorus, she has sung with Texas Star Chorus, Alamo Metro Chorus, and is one of the founders of the Austin Harmony Chorus (AH!). She has served on the music staff as lead section leader in both AMC and AH!.

Mrs. Bourell was a long-time member of the 5-time International Champion Sweet Adelines Women's Chorus, the Rich-Tones. In the quartet arena, she has sung with Star Connection, Jam Session, Top Billing, Musical Persuasion, Intrigue and Voilà, placing in the top five in regional competitions in seven years.