2019 CARA Nominations Announced

The much anticipated annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards nominations were announced today and both long-standing favorites and new stars are among the talents honored.

Standouts include Boston-based experimental group Birdland Avenue who landed five nominations for Come Around including Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Album, Best Pop Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Song (“Rabbit Hole”), Best Original Song by a Professional Group (“Breeze Baby”) and DCappella who earned four nominations for Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Rock Song (“Immortals”), Best Showtunes/Soundtrack/Theme Song (“The Glory Days”), and Best Professional Arrangement for a Non-Scholastic Group (“Immortals”).

We also saw multiple nominations for The Swingles, Pentatonix多么幸福 East West Collective, and Rebel Bit.

On the Scholastic side A Cappella Academy, The G-Men, The A Cappella Group, VoiceBox, The Coda Conduct, The Sons of Pitches, and Dragon Scales were among some of the groups heavily recognized for their work this year.

2009 International Quartet Champions Crossroads led in barbershop music with four nominations in barbershop and arrangements.

See the full list of nominations and then follow along as we catch up with nominees and broadcast live from BOSS and the CARA Ceremony in April.

New Tunesday – February 5, 2019

January was filled with such great music – we can hardly believe it’s already February.

Here are this week’s newest hits:

Home Free

A little a cappella Travis Tritt, anyone?

Home Free, Home Fries, a cappella, country, Travis Tritt

Pitch Slapped

Not only did Pitch Slapped create an amazing arrangement of Charlie Puth’s “Attention” but they also NAILED it live at Berklee Caf in December. Consider us floored.

Berklee, Charlie Puth, a cappella, Pitch Slapped,

Nor’Easters

In case Pitch Slapped wasn’t enough, here’s more great cover music out of the Boston collegiate scene.

Ariana Grande, a cappella, Nor'Easters, college, singing

Rockapella

With adorable dogs and a vocal feature by percussionist Jeff Thacher, there’s nothing not to like about the latest cover from Rockapella.

Rockappella, a cappella, singing, cover song

Peter Hollens

In his latest release Peter Hollens portrays the villain that everyone loves to hate: Scar.

Peter Hollens, a cappella, YouTube, Disney, villains, Lion King,

Sam Robson

Certainly was a good week for one man covers of Disney classics of the Lion variety.

Lion King 2, Sam Robson, one man, a cappella, Disney

Jared Halley

No one was more excited to hear “Hooked On A Feeling” come back in Guradians of the Galaxy than your author, so an a cappella cover is just icing on the cake.

Guardians of the Galaxy, a cappella, Blue Suade, Jared Halley

Inverse Vocals

This sextet out of Michigan dropped their first video – a live take of Thirdstory’s “Still in Love” and we just may be.

a cappella, singing, live music, harmony, Thirdstory

Colorado All State Choir

Now an annual tradition, the All State Choir makes beautiful music from the balconies.

Colorado, balcony, sing, choir

Kevin Ross

Not one, but two awesome mashups of TV theme songs? Yes, please.

a cappella, theme songs, singing, Kevin Ross
theme songs, a cappella, Kevin Ross

One Minute With: After Hours

With humble beginnings in college, over a decade of dedication (and many more years in barbershop and music!), and a couple membership changes, After Hours reached the pinnacle of barbershop in Orlando last summer: they became the 2018 International Quartet Champions. They not only won, they earned the highest score in Society history.

This honor comes with far more than a set of gold medals and a trophy. Tim Beutel, Dan Wessler, Drew Ochoa, and Bryan Ziegler now find their place among the greats, honored with a permanent place in Harmony Hall. Their talent will be heard around the globe in coming years, but we got to catch up with them backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during #BHSOpry.

Here is One Minute With: After Hours –

One Minute With: St. Croix Crossing

The last day of #BHSOpry was spent in contest with the world’s best senior quartets before the Midwinter Convention closed with a blockbuster Saturday Night Show.

Before DoubleDouble was named the new Senior Quartet International Champions, we heard a swan song from the 2018 Senior Quartet International Champions: St. Croix Crossing. This foursome out of Wisconsin and Minnesota and comes with talent, personality, and a lot of charm.

Here is One Minute With: St. Croix Crossing –

New Tunesday – January 29, 2019

Quite a blockbuster of a week for a cappella – here are this week’s favorites

Backstreet Boys

Heartthrobs of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, this boy band stripped down all of the bells and whistles and went full a cappella with a little help from Ben Bram and Ed Boyer.

a cappella, new music, Backstreet Boys, boy band, Ben Bram

Duwende

Oh how we’ve missed you, Duwende. They lit up their fans’ day with their latest release – a Hall & Oates classic featuring Abbey Janes on lead and a killer bass line from David Lane.

a cappella, Duwende, NYC, singing, Hall & Oates, classic rock

Ember

We never get tired of a cappella originals, especially not great a cappella originals.

a cappella, original music, Ember, Baltimore, singing, AcaOpen

MVibe

A sweet cover of Ben&Ben’s Ride Home out of the Philippines, this arrangement is light and intricate, perfectly evoking the joy of coming home to your loved ones.

a cappella, music video, Ben&Ben, Philippines, Vocal Asia

NoVI

The UK stars are one of the first to put a song from A Star is Born out into the aca-ether. Enjoy this great live take on Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.”

A Star is Born, soundtrack, live music, a cappella, UK, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

 

After Hours Visits Harmony Hall

A visit to Harmony Hall is high on anyone’s barbershop bucket list, but when you are the newly instated International Quartet Champions it holds an even more special significance.

During #BHSOpry, After Hours got a special tour and got to see their physical mark on barbershop history. Here’s a little inside peek at their visit, with footage courtesy of Bryan Lynch, BHS Public Relations/Brand Manager.

Intergenerational Showcase at the Grand Ole Opry

Day 2 at #BHSOpry in Nashville was dedicated to the youngest and oldest members of the barbershop community with the day-long Junior and Senior Chorus Invitationals.

23 choruses with singers ranging in age from 9 to 94 crossed the hallowed stage at the Grand Ole Opry, treating the audience to three songs each. The shine of the costumes were only outdone by the smiles of the performers, with eight choruses earning the top rating of Superior including:

A CAPPELLA! (James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring, MD)
Chandler High School Treblemakers (Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ)
Harmony Explosion Chorus (Columbus High School, Columbus, NE)
Hurricane of Harmony (Gaither High School, Tampa, FL)
Provo High School Combined Choirs (Provo High School, Provo, UT)
Rowdy Rhythm (Peters Township High School, McMurray, PA)
Dixie District Seniors Chorus (Dixie District)
Carolina Statesmen (Carolinas District)

Hurricane of Harmony directed by Debbie Cleveland earned the Plateau AAA Award, A CAPPELLA! directed by Sandra Zinkievich the Plateau AA Award, and Upbeat! from Lopez Early College High School in Brownsville, TX earned the Plateau A Award. Hurricane of Harmony also won the Audience Favorite Award, meaning we’ll get to see a reprise of their set during the Saturday Night Show.

The special Presenter’s Award was given to the Wildcat Chord Ringers, a group of nine elementary and middle school students from Quinton Township School in New Jersey. The youngest performers of the day not only pulled off some great chords, but also several wardrobe changes and full theatrics that kept the audience laughing.

The day also included honoring NAfME Music Educator of the Year Lori Lyford who led both her women’s chorus, Chandler High School Treblemakers and the Chandler High School Men’s Choir onto the Opry Stage.

In a field of accomplished singers and longtime members, the Dixie District Seniors Chorus was named the International Seniors Chorus Festival Champion. They are led by director Jimmy Tompkins.

A Win For Youth and Heritage at #BHSOpry

The first day of contest and shows at the 2019 BHS Midwinter Convention was especially significant. It started with the first-ever Next Generation Junior Quartet Contest and ended with a barn-burning Heritage of Harmony Show on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

The significance of both events is the demonstration of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s ongoing mission of “Everyone in Harmony” with a focus on youth and the roots of barbershop in African-American music tradition.

15 young quartets, all singers under the age of 18, took the stage in front of a rowdy crowd in the ballroom at Opryland. There were both men’s and women’s quartets and one mixed quartet. While most of the singers were in high school, Elementary Mix from Quinton, NJ – a quartet of elementary school students – charmed the crowd with their rendition of “The Chordbusters March.”

At the end of the contest, the Quin-Tones, a men’s quartet from Salem, NJ, took home the gold medals with a score of 219 points, edging out both 2nd and 3rd by just one point. Singing “My Ideal,” these young gentlemen demonstrated musicality and personality far beyond their years.

Tying for 2nd and 3rd were Singing Double, a quartet of two sets of twins from Tampa, FL, and Vintage Mix, seasoned barbershopping quadruplets from Milwaukee, WI.

Singing Double
Singing Double; Photo: Rick Krebsbach
Vintage Mix
Vintage Mix; Photo: Rick Krebsbach

 

See the full results.

The excitement carried right across the street to the iconic Grand Ole Opry for the Heritage of Harmony Show, featuring The Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Fairfield Four, HALO, Crossroads, Signature, After Hours, and a cameo from Throwback.

The evening was a true celebration of barbershop not only coming to terms with a segregated past, but celebrating a new path forward where diversity and inclusion is paramount.

HALO and The Fairfield Four
HALO and The Fairfield Four at Grand Ole Opry

One Minute With: Vintage Mix

The festivities at #BHSOpry are just getting underway and the NextGen Junior Quartet Contest kicks off the contests Thursday at 4 pm Central.

One of the top groups heading into the contest is Vintage Mix, a mixed quartet of quadruplets from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We caught up with them just after a live interview on the storied WSM Radio in Opryland.

Here is One Minute With: Vintage Mix –

New Tunesday – January 22, 2019

The great music keeps on rolling in – here are some of our favorite new releases this week:

The Swingles

An original folk tune written by group tenor, Oliver Griffiths, is the perfect way to celebrate your most important relationships this new year.

a cappella, Swingles, UK, folk, original music

Peter Hollens

The one man a cappella band brings his favorite song from Lion King. Enjoy the many faces and sounds from this irrefutable YouTube star.

a cappella, YouTube, Peter Hollens, HollensFam, Lion King, Disney, singing, multitrack

The AcaLumni Project

What a nice surprise it was for the Acaville team to get a virtual Valentine from the world’s first internet-based a cappella group. “You’ve Got a Friend” is the latest release from this group of a cappella alumni from around the world. Like what you hear? Send your own valentine this year with their help!

a cappella, Carole King, ALP, singing, animation, music video, Valentine

Jared Halley

The Ohio-based YouTube star with many clones released his latest cover – this time of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Jared Halley - Bohemian Rhapsody

HIVE

We’re not sure there’s ever been a video that perfectly captured the essence of a group like this one. Enjoy “On and Ever Onward” arranged by Lisa Forkish.

a cappella, cover song, HIVE, music video, singing

Rifftide

Born out of the very active BYU a cappella scene, this cover of “Dream” is visually stunning with cinematography work from Tyler Edwards.

a cappella, BYU, Rifftide, cover song, cinematography

RANGE

With a roster full of up and coming Broadway stars, Range out of NYC covers Meadowlark with full blessing from Stephen Schwartz.

a cappella, Broadway, Schwartz, Meadowlark, Playbill, Hannah Corneau, Mary Claire King

燃点人声乐团Ignite Vocal

Is it just us, or does it feel like we’re ready for another boy band wave? In the meantime, here’s 18 boy bands in one pretty package from Ignite Vocal out of China.

a cappella, 2019, Ignite, singing, boy bands,

New Tunesday – January 15, 2019

2019 is already bringing us some pretty great new music, including some reinvented throwbacks of old favorites. Here are this week’s favorite new releases:

Home Free

What do you get when you mix America’s top country a cappella act and bring back our favorite a cappella R&B stylings from the 90’s? This heart-string tugging cover of “End of the Road” featuring a lead by Rob Lundquist.

Home Free, Home Fries, a cappella, country, Boyz II Men, a capella, singing, music video, The Sing-Off

David Yazbek & Sean Altman

Did you hear the news that Carmen Sandiego is back? (YES!) Did you also hear that they’re leaving out the original and incredible theme song from Rockapella? (BOO!) Never fear – the original writers of the song came through anyway – here’s the new a cappella mix of our favorite TV theme song:

a cappella, Sean Altman, David Yazbeck, Rockapella, TV theme, Carmen Sandiego

Nomadic

Born out of the professional recruitment process that is June, the first batch of stars out of the program just released their first fully produced music video. With a nod to the Pentatonix duo of Scott and Mitch, better known as Superfruit, this video is anything but bad for you. The group will be headlining their first festival alongside Duwende at Nordonia A Cappella Festival in March.

a cappella, Nomadic, June, Superfruit, Pentatonix, singing, Memphis, music video

Voice.Print

Sri Lanka’s a cappella boy band pays tribute to the boy bands from the ’60’s through today. Singing together since 2006, Voice.Print earned a silver and bronze medal at the World Choir Games in 2010 and can often be heard on English mainstream radio in Sri Lanka.

a cappella, Voice Print, boy bands, Sri Lanka, singing, World Choir Games

Elementary Mix

Although the Eagles’ bid for another Super Bowl ended last weekend, that doesn’t stop us from LOVING this cover of “Fly, Eagles, Fly” from the world’s youngest barbershop quartet. Your author is admittedly a diehard Birds fan, but we promise that its worth a listen!

barbershop, a cappella, Philadelphia, Eagles, Fly Eagles Fly, fight song, NFL, playoffs

New Tunesday – January 8, 2019

New year, new tunes! As we’re all stepping out of the holiday daze, here are a few of our favorite recent releases in the aca-verse.

MICappella

International superstars out of Singapore quietly dropped a bombshell with 《王妃》- Jam 萧敬腾 over the holidays with an arrangement from Tat Tong and production by an all-star team of Peter Huang, Tat Tong, Plaid Productions, and Dave Sperandio.

MICappella, Tat Tong, Singapore, a cappella, singing

RESOUND

A very happy new year indeed, with the release of “Disney Medley II” from this soulful Richmond, VA trio.

a cappella, Disney, singing, Richmond, Resound

Due North

2018 National Harmony Sweepstakes Finalists, Due North, kicked off the new year with a fully produced music video of their cover of “Lost on You.” This relatively new group out of the Twin Cities is pushing hard and we suspect that this is only the beginning.

a cappella, midwest, Due North, LP, singing

Drums of War

Australian hip hop a cappella at its finest, 2015 AUSACA Champions, Drums of War, cover Talib Kweli.

Australia, a cappella, singing, Talib Kweli, hip hop

Ardú

Leaders of the a cappella movement in Ireland, Ardú uses a little looping to present their version of the popular Muse song, “Madness” live in concert.

a cappella, Muse, madness, singing, Ireland, Ardú
DocAcappella

Marc Silverberg is officially the Weird Al of a cappella and we can’t get enough. His latest release, “ICCA” comes just ahead of the start of the 2019 season and it’s hilariously spot-on.

a cappella, ICCA, Varsity Vocals, humor, singing

 

Merry Christmas from Acaville!

We hope all of our listeners are enjoying the ’round the clock holiday music on the station. In case you need just a little more, here are a few new holiday releases to enjoy.

PLUS – tune in at 3 pm EST/12 pm PST on Christmas Day to hear the Alexandria Harmonizers’ Holiday Show – The Secret of Christmas. The concert will also air on Friday Night Live at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST on December 28th to close out our 2018 Holiday season.

The Swingles – This Christmas

holiday, Christmas, a cappella, singing, Swingles

Voctave – O Holy Night

holiday, Christmas, music, Voctave, a cappella

VOCES8 – Lully, Lulla, Lullay

holiday, a cappella, singing, Voces 8

DCappella – All I Want for Christmas is You

Disney, Holiday, Christmas, a cappella, singing

BeatVox – All I Want for Xmas

holiday, a cappella, Christmas, beatbox, Beatvox

Pitch Slapped – Intro (Christmas & Chill)

holiday, a cappella, singing, Pitch Slapped, Berklee

Bluebird – Winter Wonderland

Bluebird - Winter Wonderland

Pop-Up – Carol of the Bells

holiday, Christmas, a cappella, singing

Legacy – Have Yourself A Merry Christmas

holiday, a cappella, Christmas, Legacy

The AcaLumni Project (featuring Jamie Howe of KeyStone) – Little Saint Nick

Holiday, Christmas, a cappella, AcaLumni, music, video

Shawn Thomas – Last Christmas

Holiday, a cappella, Christmas, barbershop, singing

And finally, the head on over to Facebook to see the latest release from OneVoice (Briarcrest School) – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

 

The Issue with Song Lyrics

Open any news site and you’ll find another piece of art under the microscope, and lately we’re seeing a lot of songs (and movies, and cartoons, etc…) – many which are lifelong favorites – pointed out as problematic. Is it justified? Is it outrage culture gone too far?

The debate about “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” certainly isn’t new. It’s been called a “rape anthem” for some time. This year, we’re seeing more arguments in favor of keeping the song, as, in historical context, it’s actually a story of female empowerment.

A little closer to home, the Princeton Tigertones recently made national news for deciding to remove “Kiss the Girl” from their set list after a student journalist called out the song for “toxic masculinity.”

The original song was sung by a crab, on behalf of a mermaid princess who was in pursuit of the prince being encouraged to kiss her. It’s not only fictional, it’s animated fantasy. However, the journalist, Noa Wollstein, may have a point – not with the song itself, but with the way it was performed. In the Tigertones’ performance, they would bring up a female audience member and attempt to end the song with an unsolicited kiss.

We’re not here to make a decision for you, but here are the conversations for consideration we see:

  • Should art be stopped if it makes someone uncomfortable? Is there a gradient?
  • Can we pick and choose which topics are are ok or not ok? Can we continue to sing about suicide, guns, sex, and other topics?
  • Have we gone too far? Not far enough?
  • Is intent important? Does it bear any weight in the appropriateness of a song?
  • Does presentation matter? What about context?

 

New Tunesday – December 4, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week- and yes, there are a lot of holiday tunes – a trend we expect to continue over the next few weeks:

The Swingles

The first video featuring the group’s newest soprano, Federica Basile, is a smash hit. You were expecting anything less?

Swingles, UK, a cappella, singing, Tokyo, London

Voctave

There may be nothing more beautiful than Voctave singing holiday songs. It’s certainly something to look forward to each year, and their latest release “O Come, O Come Emmanuel/The First Noel/I Wonder As I Wander” is as good as it gets.

Voctave, singing, a cappella, Christmas, holiday, music, carols

Y-Studs

Combining the magic of Queen with Hanukkah? We’re here for it.

Jewish, a cappella, Y-Studs, Queen, Hanukkah, Chanukah

Six13

More Queen. More Hanukkah. More awesome.

Six13, Jewish, A cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Queen
The Turkish a cappella group teamed up with Finnish beatboxer Tuukka Haapaniemi for this performance of  Kerimoğlu Zeybeği, mixed by Bill Hare.
a cappella, Turkey, singing, folk music

Face

Leave it to the all rock band in Colorado to reimagine O Little Town of Bethlehem to the tune of House of the Rising Sun.

Face, Colorado, vocal rock, a cappella, holiday, music, a cappella, Christmas, carols

Upper Structure

Treat yourself to the talent that just oozes out of these Berklee College of Music students with their lead track from their 2018 ICCA Competition Set, “Freedom.”

Berklee, a cappella, Freedom, Beyonce, cover, ICCA

Highline Vocal Jazz

In celebration of nearly one year as a group, Highline treated us to an inspired arrangement of O Holy Night.

Christmas, carols, a cappella, NYC, holiday

Venice Vocal Jam

Singing an arrangement by Homestay Music (you know them – it’s Erik Bosio, Vinther Sørensen, and Jussi Chydeniuss) we get some Beatles love out of Italy.

Beatles, a cappella, Italy, Venice, singing, Cluster

Beatsync

This Toronto group typically performs with a great deal of tech, but for their DCappella Tour submission, they stripped it all down to just acoustic voices.

a cappella, Canada, Toronto, acoustic, Beatsync

Scott & Ryceejo

Enjoy this new take on a classic carol from the husband and wife duo out of Utah, singing Silent Night with support from Spark Singers.

holiday, a cappella, Christmas, carols, Scott, Ryceejo

AcoUstiKats

You may have become acquainted with this group through The Sing-Off, but the tradition lives on years after the show was retired. Here are the current ‘Kats singing a Nick Johnson arrangement of Deck the Halls:

UK, Kentucky, Christmas, carols, singing, a cappella

Association of International Champions

Another gem from the 2018 AIC show, this week we get to relive and enjoy “It’s a Small World” by the full AIC Chorus.

AIC, barbershop, champions, Disney, a cappella

Some A Cappella Favorites For Your Hanukkah Celebrations

If there is something that we can rely on, it is excellent Jewish a cappella, and with the Hanukkah holiday upon us, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite a cappella songs that celebrate, parody, and bring joy to the Festival of Lights!

New from Six13 this season, a take on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, with a classic Six13 twist.

Hanukkah, Chanukah, Six13, Jewish, a cappella

The Y-Studs will make a trip to DC for the Hanukkah Celebration at the White House this Thursday. Here is their Hanukkah version of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”:

Y-Studs, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah

The Maccabeats have toured the world to share their music. Candlelight is one of their most popular Hanukkah tunes:

Maccabeats, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah

And lucky for you, they released a new video for this holiday:

Maccabeats, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah

Shir Soul gave us a great rendition of Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah while paying homage to the reigning kings and queen of a cappella, Pentatonix:

Shir Soul, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah

And don’t forget their latest release that was featured in last week’s New Tunesday:

Shir Soul, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Africa

And the kings of Jewish a cappella improv, Pella Productions give us an 8 Nights of Hanukkah Mashup:

Pella, a cappella, Jewish, Hanukkah, Chanukah

Chag Sameach!

New Tunesday – November 27, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

FACE

Filmed in Sweden, the video release of the holiday classic, “O Holy Night” from hometown favorites of Boulder, Colorado hit a million views within just 7 hours of posting today.

FACE, a cappella, vocal rock, singing, Colorado, holiday music

Main Street featuring Debbie Cleveland

The outgoing BHS quartet champions teamed up with Queen of Harmony and Webcast hostess Debbie Cleveland for a special edition of Wake Up, Jake at the 2018 AIC Show in Orlando.

barbershop, quartet, champions, Main Street, The Buzz, BHS, a cappella

A Cappella Academy – Ølamundo

Called one of the most profound performances in the history of Academy by founder Ben Bram, this group, comprised of students from some of the many cultures and traditions represented at A Cappella Academy sang “I Saw Light” under the direction of Erin Bentlage.

A Cappella Academy, Ben Bram, singing, a cappella, summer camp

Muzaria

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Muzaria released an a cappella arrangement of the John Williams piece from Schindler’s List.

a cappella, Holocaust, singing, remembrance

Shir Soul

In celebration of the fast approaching Hanukkah holiday, Shir Soul of NYC presents a parody of the well-loved song “Africa.”

Jewish, Hanukkah, parody, a cappella, singing

Smooth Edge 2

The CAL representatives of Fort Wayne, Indiana released a smashing cover of a cappella alumna Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity.”

Sara B, a cappella, singing, Gravity, Smooth Edge 2

New Tunesday – November 20, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

DCappella

Things are certainly ramping up for this Disney-backed group – tour dates announced (you can open for them!), a brand new album, and lots of great press. Enjoy this live video of the group singing your favorite Jungle Book tune, “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

Disney, a cappella, Deke Sharon, singing, Jungle Book

Home Free

Our favorite country a cappella super group is at it again with a new video, this time for “Some Girls Do” featuring newest member, Adam Chance, on lead.

a cappella, country music, Home Free, Adam Chance

Voctave

The Orlando-based group packed with star-power dropped a new Christmas video with “O Come All Ye Faithful” and it’s every bit as beautiful as you’d imagine it would be.

a cappella, singing, Tony DeRosa, Voctave, holiday music, Christmas

From The Roots

Deke Sharon caught  a behind the scenes moment with SING! Texas Headliners singing their original tune, “Fly.” Did you hear the live broadcast? No? Members will be able to listen in free right here at acaville.org on demand!

a cappella, singing, From The Roots, harmony, SING!, Deke Sharon

New DCappella Album PLUS a Chance to Open For The Tour

Things have been ramping up behind the scenes for well over a year in the halls of Disney Music (and the mind of Deke Sharon), as they prepared to launch the next great a cappella group.

The promotional tours are underway and US & Canada tour dates for 2019 have been announced, as well as teasers for their first album. The much anticipated first album from DCappella was released on all major music distributors today. Here’s a taste:

a cappella, Disney, DCappella, singing, new album, music

Not only that, but now YOU can also be a part of the magic!

DCappella - Take Us On Tour
DCappella – Take Us On Tour

Here’s how to get there:

Get an Instagram account (just kidding, we know you already have one!)

  1. Record your group LIVE. No studio magic here – just you, your group, and your beautiful natural voices. Phone video is fine – no one is judging your cinematography skills (but maybe film in landscape and use a tripod 😉 )
  2. Upload your video to Instagram. Tag it with:

#DCappella
#TakeUsOnTour
#[name of the city you want to perform in]

And hey, tag us, too – we LOVE good a cappella! (@Acavilleradio)

3. Share. Share. Share.

Submit your entry by December 15th and check your DMs – someone will reach out to you there if you make it through!

And while you’re at it….don’t forget to spread the word about the tour.

New Tunesday – November 13, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

AcaLumni Project

What do you get when you pull together a virtual group from all over the world, combine all of the overdone a cappella songs into a Weird Al Yankovich polka, and animate the singers? Well, this masterpiece:

WATCH HERE.

And in case you missed it, ALP founder Shawn Pearce was featured on this week’s #Talkappella. Hear the replay this Saturday at 7 am EST & 7 pm EST!

Highline Vocal Jazz

Speaking of guilty pleasures….this next one is so many wonderful ones all wrapped into one. The iconic theme song from Reading Rainbow with yummy jazz chords? Yes. Please.

jazz, a cappella, reading rainbow, theme songs, singing

FACE

Let’s just continue on with the guilty pleasure trends, shall we? In full 80’s glory, this Boulder-based vocal rock band features bass Forest Kelly on lead for their cover of Blondie’s “Call Me.”

Face, vocal band, a cappella, Colorado, 80s, rock

Academy

This one is just….fun. A debut music video from the University of Bristol’s all-male identifying a cappella group who were previously featured on Sky One’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, ICCA UK finalists and VF-UK semi-finalists in 2018.

a cappella, music video, singing

Birdland Avenue

Not a music video, but one of the most anticipated a cappella releases of the year. Here’s the announcement of the album drop of “Come Around” straight from 4 little birdies.

Boston, a cappella, lopping, Birdland, singing

OC Times

A little more goodness from the AIC Show at #BHSOrlando, OC Times celebrates their 10th anniversary of winning gold. How long until we can get “On The Road Again”?

barbershop, OC Times, singing, a cappella, AIC, Orlando

VoicePlay

The smooth sounds of this year’s SoJam headliners on a Frank Ocean tune means your day just got better.

Voice Play, The Sing-Off, a cappella, Frank Ocean, cover, music video

MO5AIC

And in what we’re sure will be the first of many a cappella holiday joys, the Las Vegas based quintet dropped a modern take in 7/8 on Little Drummer Boy, with a beat that only a mouth drummer like Jake Moulton can perform:

MO5AIC, a cappella, beatboxing, holiday, dummer, Las Vegas

Friday Night Live – Stanford Mendicants 55th Anniversary

With the support of alumni and guest groups Everyday People and Counterpoint, the Stanford Mendicants celebrated 55 years in harmony on October 27th. Acaville was there and we’re ready to bring it to you on the air!

Listen Friday, November 9th at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST to hear the whole concert!

Mendicants 55th Anniversary
Mendicants 55th Anniversary

New Tunesday – November 6, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

Duwende

Here to save us from U.S. Election Day madness, the magical voices of Duwende are back with a cover of the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love.” Just pour a glass of wine and put it on repeat as the polling results come in.

a cappella, singing, Duwende, Bee-Gees, cover, music video

HALO

This game-changing Harmony, Inc. quartet had a pretty great week in Orlando – they finished 13th overall in the International Quartet Contest and also received service award at IC&C on behalf of Harmony, Inc. for their community work with Race and #RealTalk.  Here is their rendition of Fats Waller’s and Andy Razaf’s “Black and Blue” – arrangement by David Wright.

quartet, Harmony Inc, Maryland, Halo, #realtalk

Backtrack

In honor of Halloween, Backtrack gave us the “The Sort-Of Ballad of Sweeney Todd” featuring an arrangement and guest appearance on bass by Evan Feist. Pretty amazing set provided by YouTube, too!

Backtrack, a cappella, singing, Halloween, Sweeney Todd, YouTube

Ardú

Top Irish vocal band, Ardú, released another music video from their latest album, Gravity. This time it’s Elbow’s “Lippy Kids” now on rotation on Acaville!

Ardú, Ireland, a cappella, Lippy Kids, singing, music video

Iris

2018 AcaOpen Champions dropped their first music video this week and it brings back all the warm fuzzies that took over Carnegie Hall the night of their big win. Here is “My Favorite Things.’

Iris, NYC, AcaOpen, Favorite Things, Sound of Music, music video, a cappella, singing

ember

Just ahead of their main stage appearance at SoJam, ember gave us a spooktacular video for their cover of “Copycat.”

ember, Baltimore, cover songs, a cappella, singing, Copycat

Gold for New England Voices In Harmony and Aged To Perfection

In two very hotly contested finals, Harmony, Incorporated now has a new champion chorus and four new Harmony Queens.

On Friday, New England Voices in Harmony of Nashua, New Hampshire topped the field with a 79.7%. The group performed a special Disney themed set in a risky director-less set, but proving that Director Renee Tramack had prepared them well, they sang “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted and “I See the Light” from Tangled in gorgeous jewel-tone gowns.

New England Voices in Harmony - 2018 Gold Medal Chorus
New England Voices in Harmony – 2018 Gold Medal Chorus

The Village Vocal Chords, under the direction of the legendary Jeanne O’Connor, took second place for the second time with a score of 78.9%. Jordan Travis and A Cappella Showcase from Milton, Ontario finished in third with 78.4%. Limestone City Voices and Sounds of the Seacoast round out the medals in fourth and fifth, respectively.

See the full scores for the Chorus Finals.

The contests came to a close on Saturday afternoon with the Quartet Finals that ended with Aged To Perfection winning the crown. This team of two mothers and daughters scored an incredible 80.7%, edging out T4 who finished with an 80.0%.

Aged To Perfection - 2018 Harmony Queens
Aged To Perfection – 2018 Harmony Queens

Alexa Beal, Gaye LaCasce, Kathy Pomer, and Ellie Pomer are now a long distance quartet and all first time queens. Scoring 1441 in the Semi-Final round with a phenomenal rendition of “Blues in the Night” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?,” Aged To Perfection raised the bar in the Finals with a total score of 1463 singing a solemn “Cry Me A River” and a lively, and genuinely adorable uptune in “Together, Wherever We Go.”

Rounding out the medals were Area 3’s Lip Service finishing third with 76.0%, Area 2’s Balancing Act in fourth with 75.2%, and Tonic! in fifth with 73.8%. Tonic! was also honored with the Image in Harmony Award and the Accord Award.

See the fulls scores from the Quartet Finals.

The IC&C closed out with a Showcase of Champions to a room full of Harmony Sisters (and a T-Rex), marking the end of Christina Lewellen’s two-year term as International President. The gavel was turned over to Donna McKay, who will push forward with the new initiative, “Harmony. Stronger.”

Harmony, Inc. Names The Ten

25 quartets from across the U.S. and Canada crossed the stage in Orlando yesterday for the Semi-Final rounds at Harmony, Inc. International Contest & Convention.

Rogue & Lip Service at IC&C
Rogue & Lip Service at IC&C

The day started off with outgoing Queens, Charisma, on stage as Mic Testers and after the judges worked through some technical difficulties which had FireStorm performing twice, the day was filled with ringing chords, emotion, and laughter.

The top ten quartets will return to the stage on Saturday at 1 pm at the Hilton in Disney Springs. In performance order they are:

  1. Skyfall
  2. True Colors
  3. Rogue
  4. T4
  5. Aged to Perfection
  6. Balancing Act
  7. enJOY!
  8. Tonic!
  9. Lip Service
  10. Just Jump

Something Good finished in 11th with 71.6 and will be Saturday’s Mic Testers.

Other highlights from the day include a vampire-themed set from The Karamels, HALO’s rhythmic set with a little Stevie Wonder, a reprise of the Kismet Cowgirls, and a female empowerment set from High 5s which included a song about a dress with pockets (what every girl wants!)

The finals will be broadcast live on FloVoice.

Harmony, Inc. Installs New International Board

In a night of classy pomp and circumstance, Harmony, Incorporated opened up the 2018 International Contest and Convention in Orlando last night. The installation ceremony highlighted the organization’s commitment to youth, with three youth members – Emily Travis (age 9, Area 5), Bryn Lewellen (age 13, Area 3), and Vincenza Como (age 16, Area 6) – leading the evening.

The new International Board of Directors, who will embark on the organization’s new mission, “Harmony. Stronger.” is:

International President: Donna McKay
Vice President, Convention & Contests: Donna Clarkson
Vice President, Education: Kelly Thomas
Vice President, Finance: Christina Lewellen
Director of Business Services: Jan DelVecchio
Director of Communications: Mary Ann Wert
Director of Membership: Amy Johnson
Director of Music Programs: Katie Taylor

The evening also included a treat of a performance from BHS Quartet Silver Medalists, Signature. The contest action gets underway today at 1 pm with Quartet Semi-finals, which will air live on FloVoice.

New Tunesday – October 30, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

A Cappella Academy – Syncop8tion

Another week, another dazzling performance from the campers at A Cappella Academy, this time from the group led by Groove For Thought’s Amanda Taylor and Diane Galeano of Blacklight and Sound Off. Stunning delivery of a difficult jazz chart written by Taylor and a stellar solo from Emily Dietz.

Beatsync

Toronto’s ecletic pop octet put together this live cover of Ariana Grande’s “Focus.”

Due North

This year’s Harmony Sweepstakes finalists out of Minnesota covered Home Free’s mashup of Fishin’ in the Dark/Boondocks.

Acapellago

Top Filipino pop quintet drops a little Latin flair with their short cover of “Mas Que Nada.”

The Lost Keys

A little taste of their cover of “Latch” which is now in rotation on Acaville!

 

Voculture

This German quintet had a lot of fun with Jonas Blue’s “Rise.”

New Tunesday – October 23, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week – and there are a lot of them:

Pentatonix

Along with the announcement of their newest Holiday album (coming October 26th!), Pentatonix released their Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired video for “Making Christmas.” Tickets for their “Christmas is Here!” Tour are on sale now – shows kick off in Texas on November 25.

a cappella, PTX, Pentatonix, singing, Nightmare Before Christmas

Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition

Catch up on (or relive!) a stellar week of barbershop from St. Louis. All of the performances are now available on YouTube.

barbershop, singing, Sweet Adelines, St. Louis, chorus

Voctave

BHS continues to release videos from their 2018 International, including Voctave’s ultimate battle of the sexes with “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun.

a cappella, Voctave, singing, Florida, musical theater

AIC Chorus

One of the most anticipated events of the year – the Association of International Champions comes together during International to feature past quartet winners. It’s quite magical when they all sing together, like they did for this “Dig A Little Deeper” medley.

barbershop, singing, harmony, AIC, champions

Vocal Spectrum

The 2006 Quartet Champions have STILL got it. Here’s a signature performance of “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket” during their guest performance at the 2018 Central States District Convention.

barbershop, singing, harmony, BHS, Vocal Spectrum, Tim Waurick

Ndlovu Youth Choir and Wouter Kellerman

Ed Sheeran sung by a South African youth choir with a flute player mixed and mastered by Bill Hare? It’s every bit as awesome as you think it should be. So much so, we’re including it here, even with the flute!

South Africa, harmony, singing, a cappella,

Rockapella

Just a head of the release of Jams Vol. 2, we’re treated with a preview of “Lady Mine (Bach vs. Beethoven)” which incorporates the classics in a way that only Rockapella can.

a cappella, Rockapella, singing, classical, Bach, Beethove

DCappella

It was another big week for DCappella – US tour dates were announced AND they dropped another video – this time for their all vocal version of “Glory Days” from Incredibles 2.

Disney, a cappella, Incredibles, singing, harmony

קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

Leading the way for a cappella in Israel, Quinta and a Half released a dramatic video for their cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”

Israel, singing, a cappella, Rihanna, Diamonds

NoVI

The 2017 AcaOpen Finalists out of the UK just dropped a live looping cover of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

UK, a cappella, singing

The Bristol Suspensions

A little live video release from one of the top collegiate groups in the UK, we enjoyed this cover of Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande’s “Faith.”

a cappella, UK, singing, harmony, Faith

The Eight Tracks

Challenging themselves to create something fun in under an hour, this Boston CAL group channeled OKGo for this quick mashup of Nick Jonas and Taylor Swift. See them LIVE with Fermata Town at Spire Center for the Performing Arts on November 30!

Boston, a cappella, CAL, singing,

And no videos (yet!), but you should also check out the latest from:

Birdland Avenue – Rabbit Hole
Unaccompanied – PINETONESBir
Sonata Problem A Cappella – Exposition

Historic Night For Scottsdale Chorus

In a hotly contested chorus final, Scottsdale edged out the Harborlites by 5 points to win their first-ever consecutive gold medal at #SASTL. The dazzling set also earned them the audience award for Most Entertaining.

The now 6-time international champion presented “Top of the World Medley” with extensive front row work, which included gymnastics and cheer lifts. Under the leadership of Master Director Lori Lyford, the entire package was based around jumping in and learning to fly and the joyful energy was only augmented by incredible singing. Well, and trampolines, jump ropes, conga lines, audience participation, and a hint of…rap.

Enjoy their entire package from finals:

barbershop, Sweet Adelines, Scottsdale, chorus, harmony

The final scores worked out to:

1. Scottsdale (2982)
2. Harborlites (2977)
3. Rich-tones (2959)
4. Skyline (2801)
5. Pearls of the Sound (2697)
6. Song of Atlanta (2687)
7. Pride of Portland (2686)
8. City of Lakes (2605)
9. Metro Nashville (2604)
10.Buffalo Gateway (2528)

See the full scores.

Other highlights from finals included:

Buffalo Gateway Chorus built their package around the cold and snow of Buffalo, complete with hats, scarves, and gloves, and plenty of warm humor.

Skyline Chorus from Rocky Mountain Region 8 brought a robust sound with a dramatic (and funny) tribute to the superwoman inside all of us.

The Harborlites Chorus from Huntington Beach, CA, brought more dazzling front row footwork with cartwheels and lifts and lock and ring chords for days.

Harmony Heartland Region 4 was well-represented by Metro Nashville Chorus with a fairy tale search for a princess with a modern day twist that included “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.

City of Lakes from Minnesota brought a parade of costumes, music, and sound and a message of diversity and individuality, which included “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

All the way from Sweden, Pearls of the Sound transported us the burlesque shows of Paris, complete with a full drum kit, beatboxing, and cowbell.

Song of Atlanta also transported us to Moulin Rouge with a colorful story of love….and diamonds. The ladies also transfixed us with their voices and dance moves for the Can Can.

North by Northwest Region’s Pride of Portland took the stage with a full sound, excellent dynamics, and classy footwork in a tribute to “Hello, Dolly.”

The Rich-Tone Chorus out of Richardson, TX were greeted with exuberant applause and they kept that energy going straight through their set, celebrating 50 years as Sweet Adelines. The group proved to be equally entertaining in their stand and sing songs, as they were with their uptunes “Can’t Stop This Feeling” and “This is Me.”

See all of the videos from finals on the Sweet Adelines YouTube Channel.

 

An Upgrade For ClassRing

After two full days of competition, 2014 Rising Star Champion Quartet ClassRing upgraded to crowns fit for Queens by topping the field with a score of 2769, edging out 2nd place finisher, Viva by just two points. 3rd place finisher, Titanium, also received the audience award for Most Entertaining.

See the full scores for the top 10 quartets.

The day started off with an extended set from this year’s Rising Star Quartet Champions, Hot Pursuit, and it was a shining example of the future of women’s barbershop – great harmonies and even a little bit of humor, it was a great kick off to the Quartet Finals.

Milli Blank, from the Nordic Light Region, came out to test the mics with a great energy kicking off their set with a quick clip of Hip To Be Square, as a nod to the fact that group is as wide as they are tall, making them the “perfect square” and then followed up with “Razzamatazz” and a dance parody that included everything from “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to square dancing to traditional Swedish music. Spoiler Alert: Eventually Lead Annika Kruk DID get into the spirit and dance.

Representing Great Gulf Coast Region 10, 2016 Rising Star Champions The Ladies took to the big stage with an energized version of “Luck Be A Lady Tonight.” They dedicated their next song, Bing Crosby’s “Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine,” to the loves, or “The Ladies’ Men.” They slowed things down with the ballad “When Sunny Gets Blue,” presented with a great deal of emotion and dynamics before bringing the tempo back up with Gershwin’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

In dazzling gold, ClassRing, representing Spirit of the Midwest Region 5, kicked off their winning set with a building arrangement of “Seize the Day” that even included a little audience participation. Their second tune, classic “Sweet Adeline,” showed off an amazing dynamic range, while they showed off some attitude with “Shamey, Shamey, Shame.” They closed out with a message of sisterhood and bringing the world together through song with “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Last year’s Novice Champions and 6th Place International medalists, Titanium, started off their package with Peggy Lee’s “I Love Being Here With You,” representing Heart of America Region 25. Poking fun at their wide geographic roots, different accents, and vowel matching challenges, they sang a parody of “The Moment I Saw Your Eyes” as “The Moment I Heard Your ‘I’s”. The language puns continued with a little humor at the expense of the German language, which led into Sandi Patty’s “Love in Any Language” before closing with a joyful version of “Come On Get Happy.”

Back in the top ten after finishing 7th last year, Glamour started with humorous take on their album recording with an original song written by Larry Wright: “Glamour Girls,” followed by “I Love Jazz” by Louis Armstrong. After teasing with potential opera or rap, the representatives from Harmony Heartland Region 4, brought a little country flair with John Michael Montgomery’s “Be My Baby Tonight.” Gently easing from humor into their ballad, they finished with “Go The Distance.”

With a signature sparkle in their eyes, Northern Lights Region 6 representatives, Sparkle, started their package with the classic “Blue Skies.” Continuing the “blue” theme, they brought out the country tune “Painting This Whole Town Blue.” With three members in Minnesota and one ins Wisconsin, this quartet clearly was cherishing their time together on stage and off. The Beatles inspired their third tune, “Eight Days a Week,” and they ended their set with Connie Francis’ “Who’s Sorry Now.”

Back from intermission, Lake Ontario Region 16’s Spritzer looked fresh off a shopping spree as they started their set with Aaron Neville’s “Who Will Buy” before moving into a shopping-themed “Big Spender” parody. The shopping parodies continued with a group intervention and  Ella Fitzgerald’s “You Turned the Tables on Me.” Turns out the group’s lead, Susann McKinley, will only stop shopping “When Elephants Fly,” but honestly, who doesn’t need a boa and a larger-than-life wine glass with sweet barbershop harmonies?

Last year’s mic testers, Renegade kicked off with “It’s Too Darn Hot” which appropriately fit their youthful, yet polished sound – not to mention their stunning red gowns! They followed that up with “Stormy Weather.” Their third song was a gorgeous rendition of Sara Bareilles’ “Beautiful Girl,” which included a (gasp!) ukelele, before their closer “Let’s Live It Up.”

Also representing Harmony Heartland Region 4, Tenacious, turned the convention into a SA Anonymous meeting and a little bit of Dear Abbey in the form of “Dear Tenacious.” They sang full Beatles package that include “Help,” “Blackbird,” “We Can Work It Out,” and “I Will.” “Blackbird” included ukelele accompaniment.

Golden in spirit and dress, last year’s runner up, Windsor, brought us a humorous love themed set which included “Can’t Help Loving That Man of Mine.” After a great story from lead Mary Sarah Johnson, they sang Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet,” before Jenny Allen started off their final tune with a great bass solo. The group represents both Region 5 and Region 9.

Coastal Harmony Region 10 was represented with final contestant, Viva!, who brought a USO themed package that started with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Complete with drum sticks, the group then sang “Billy-a-Dick” before doing a complete costume change for the second half of their set. Their song for the boys was Bette Midler’s “Stuff Like That There” followed by a song for the troops, Barbara Streisand’s “Not While I’m Around.”

The Starlettes Chorus, made up of all women who have won the Rising Star Quartet Contest, and Outgoing Queens, Lustre, entertained the audience while the final scores were tallied.

See all of today’s performances on the Sweet Adelines’ YouTube Channel and tune into the webcast tomorrow to see the Chorus Finals!

 

#SASTL Names Top Ten Quartets and Choruses

After a spectacular day of semifinals with 48 top quartets taking the stage, the top 10 groups that will compete in Friday’s final were named Wednesday night. We saw many previous Queens sing in their current ensembles, 2014 Rising Star Champions ClassRing rise to the occasion, and previous mic tester, Renegade break into the top 10, and several previous top ten finishers back for another shot at the crown.

See the scores for 11th through 48th place.

Here’s the draw for finals, which starts at 11:45 am CDT on today.

11th place finishers, Milli Blink, will be the mic tester.

1 The Ladies 
2 ClassRing 
3 Titanium 
4 Glamour 
5 Sparkle
6 Spritzer 
7 Renegade 
8 Tenacious
9 Windsor
10 Viva

Following the competition, the audience will be treated to a special presentation by Starlettes Chorus and 2018 International Champion Quartet, Lustre, before hearing the results.

Hot Pursuit, the 2018 Rising Star Champion Quartet will kick off the finals.

In a day full of harmony, class, and excellence, the choruses took center stage yesterday. The top ten will return to close out the Convention on Saturday, starting at 11:45 am CDT.

See the scores for 11th through 34th place.

11th place finisher, Motor City Blend, will start the show as the mic tester.

1 Harborlites
2 Pride of Portland
3 City of Lakes
4 Song of Atlanta
5 Metro Nashville
6 Scottsdale
7 Skyline
8 Pearls of the Sound
9 Rich-Tone
10 Buffalo Gateway

During the Chorus Finals, viewers will also see the bestowing of the Lifetime Achievement Award and 50- and 60-Year Member Awards. Following the competition itself, the Mixed Harmony Family Chorus will perform, as will both the Quartet and Chorus Champions.

Watch the Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition live! 

Sirens Shine at Sweet Adelines International St. Louis

The festivities of the Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition are well underway, with the Harmony Classic kicking off nearly a week of barbershop harmonies in St. Louis last night. It was truly an international affair with groups from across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Harmony Classic features the top 10 small and mid-sized choruses in a 12-15 minute performance package.

See the full lineup of this year’s Harmony Classic competitors.

Sirens of Gotham topped the field in Division A, as well as the overall Harmony Classic Title, with a colorful presentation and a score of 1232. The group is directed by Mira Taferner and Kari Francis.

barbershop, Sweet Adelines, NYC, singing, a cappella

It was a great night overall – here are the other Division A scores:

2nd Place: Carolina Harmony Chorus, Score 1202
3rd Place: Circular Keys Chorus, Score 1187
4th Place: Vocal Motion Chorus, Score 1171
5th Place: Bella A Cappella NZ, Score 1081

In Division AA, it was Wellington City Chorus of New Zealand who took home First Place with a score of 1229. The group is directed by David Brooks and Henrietta Hunkin.

barbershop, Sweet Adelines, singing, a cappella, New Zealand

Here are the other great scores from Division AA:

2nd Place: Mission Valley Chorus, Score 1177
3rd Place: Greater Cleveland Chorus, Score 1176
4th Place: No Borders Show Chorus, Score 1172
5th Place: Women of Note Chorus, Score 1136

All Harmony Classic performances are now available for viewing on the Sweet Adelines YouTube Channel.

Tune in for the rest of the competitions this week via the Sweet Adelines website. The webcast is free, but donations are welcomed and encouraged!

New Tunesday – October 16, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

Cluster

A little treat from their album “The Italian Project”,  Cluster surprised us with a music video for “Nessuno mi può giudicare” or “No One Can Judge Me.” and we’re all for it.

a cappella, singing, Italy

Iris

Another treat from their winning #AcaOpen set, enjoy this version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which won both Outstanding Arrangement (Andrew John Kim) and Outstanding Soloist (Dara Orland).

a cappella, singing, trio, NYC, AcaOpen, Varsity Vocals

Birdland Avenue

The Birds performed live at Sofar Sounds show in NYC over the summer. Here’s a clip of one of their original tunes – due out with their debut album releasing in November. You can pre-order it here.

A Cappella Academy – Collector’s Edition

It’s no surprise that talent just oozes out of campers at A Cappella Academy. Last summer’s Collector’s Edition simply blew us away. Know a teenage superstar? Applications for 2019 Camp are open now, with scholarships and financial aid available.

a cappella, singing, camp, vocal

From The Roots

Brand new seven piece vocal band, From The Roots will be headlining SING! Texas next month. Here’s a little live video preview of their sound with “Alibi” by Lawrence:

a cappella, singing, vocal, cover

Techapella Returns October 15th

In 2013, the Silicon Valley tech world a cappella groups came together to create an informal, non-competitive concert to share their passion for music with the world.

This showcase-like event is a huge community builder for the ever-growing circle of tech-company based a cappella groups. With sold-out crowds, varied repertoires, and even the occasional beatbox battle, this event grows in popularity each year. So much so, that they recently expanded to two shows instead of just one.

San Francisco Bay Area fans will have two chances to see Techapella live this year, with the first show on October 15th at Fox Theatre and the second show on November 4th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The lineup for each show is different. On October 15th you’ll see:

Googapella and Alphabeat (both from Google)
The Vocal Network (Facebook)
The Keynotes (Apple)
InTune (LinkedIn)
Syncopation (Dropbox)
Funderstruck (an inter-company techie mix)
and the newest Techapella group The Chromotones (23andMe).

And on November 4th, Deke Sharon will emcee along with performances by:

Googapella (Google)
The Vocal Network (Facebook)
Songbirds (Twitter)
The Square Registers (Square)
The Pintunes (Pinterest)
Airbnbeats (Airbnb)
Scalesforce (Salesforce)
Internote (an inter-company a cappella group)

Acaville members will have access to the LIVE recording from October 15th!

 

Listen LIVE – Vocals Only on October 13th

Tune in to Acaville Radio this Saturday, October 13th from 7-11 pm EDT for 7 great groups LIVE from Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA.

We’ll be hearing from:

Capital Blend

Capital Blend - Paint It Black

Drop The Mic

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC, Gaithersburg

Euphonism

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC

Impitched

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC

Mezzo

a cappella, singing, vocals, NYC

Pitches Be Crazy

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC

Supreme Chord

New Tunesday – October 9, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

Face

Colorado’s favorite rock vocal band outdid themselves with this cover of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” with an arrangement and solo by Ryan Driver.

Drums of War

Australia’s Hip Hop and R&B a cappella band put their vocals to good use to promote mental health and suicide prevention. The group is raising funds to support beyondblue and you can support them in their Tough Mudder Half.

Drums of War, a cappella, suicide prevention

Ember

The 2018 Aca-Open Finalists released the studio version of their opening track “Bad Romantic” which was written, edited, mixed, and mastered by group member Hansel Romero and produced by Romero and Lisa McNulty with a solo by Lauren Redditt.

New Tunesday – October 2, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

DCappella

The a cappella tour from Disney edges closer, so why not find another reason to be excited. Check out this fun cover of “Trashin’ the Camp” from Tarzan.

A Cappella Academy Choir

Each summer, about 70 of the world’s most talented teen singers spend 10 days in Los Angeles learning from some of the best professionals in a cappella. The result is a pretty incredible concert, which always include a full choir performance. This year the choir debuted an original piece with music written by camp co-founder, Rob Dietz with lyrics by Stephanie Fischer. The intro and outro melody are taken from “The Lone Wild Bird”. Here is “Empire of Blue’:

P.S. Auditions for the 2019 Academy are open now.

Six Appeal

The 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and recent winners of the Moscow A Cappella Festival are know for their high energy stage show. Now you can have a little piece of that at home, in their latest live video release, “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

 

Big District Weekends for SLD & Dixie

Choruses and Quartets from both Dixie and Seneca Land District came together for their Fall District Conventions and have emerged with new District Champions and 2019 Midwinter and International Qualifiers. Here are the results:

Dixie District

2018 International 5th place medalist chorus Music City Chorus brought back their Star Wars Parody Medley and topped the field with an outstanding score of 90.5, qualifying to compete at International in 2019.

Across the three quartet contests,  Mac-n-Cheese qualified for the Senior International Quartet Contest in Nashville with a top score of 73.3 and Sentimental Gentlemen finished first in the Novice Quartet Contest with a score of 64.7. With a Final score of 79.0, Entourage was named District Quartet Champion.

See the Full Results.

Seneca Land District

The Liverpool, NY-based youth chorus turned full chorus, Harmonic Collective, scored an average of 77.8 to win the chorus contest and qualify for a spot at 2019 International in Salt Lake City.

The Harbor House 4 of Erie, PA won the Quartet Contest with a score of 71.9 and Group Therapy of Binghamton, NY earned a score of 64.0 to become the the Mixed Harmony Quartet Champion. Upgrayed, who finished second overall, finished with the top Senior score and qualified for Senior International in Nashville. Old Spice is the District Senior Quartet Champions, as Upgrayed is a previous champion.

See the Full Results.

New Tunesday – September 25, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

Iris

Fresh off their #AcaOpen win, the new world champion of a cappella released their version of “Summertime” which was the lead off song in their winning set. See just what all the fuss is about for yourself:

The Quad
Bring together four of the community’s most celebrated voices to encourage U.S. voters to go to the polls, and we think you’re on to something. Erin Bentlage, Ben Bram, India Carney, and Kenton Chen treat us to a fantastic arrangement of “America, the Beautiful.”

 

Iris Tops The #AcaOpen

In a night of a cappella grandeur, brand-new New York City trio, Iris, tipped the scales in their favor. With masterful arranging and rhythm section work from Andrew John Kim, paired with the incredible vocals of Dara Orland and David Rowen, the halls of Carnegie were ringing with the sounds of just three voices.

Iris takes classic songs and presents them with a modern twist, bringing at once a feeling of nostalgia and a strong urge to groove. Vocals were delivered with near perfection in strong emotional arcs throughout their four-song set.  Iris kicked things off with Summertime with a simple and strong entrance that built over time. They upped the complexity with Blackbird with a natural call and response feel backing up strong solos, before moving into a breathtaking rendition of Bridge Over Trouble Water. They closed out their set with a powerful, upbeat take on Favorite Things. Kim’s beatbass was clean throughout, and he seamlessly transitioned in and out of harmony, as Rowan and Orland effortlessly captivated the audience.

But, of course, with ten of the world’s best groups on an iconic stage, there were so many more highlights throughout the night. Since there was a strict ban on any audio, video, or photos during the show, we’ll try to recreate the best parts of experience for you through storytelling.

Supergroup HIVE didn’t waste anytime bringing us spinetingling harmonies – with a mix of stellar original music and unique covers, these ladies were all sparkle. And that’s before you take their fabulous glitter attire into consideration. Whether it was the multitalented Courtney Jenson flipping between soft singing and room rattling percussion, the soulful warm tones from Lisa Forkish and Nina Kasuya, the angel-like sounds from Christina Wilson, or the stage commanding presence of Moorea Dickason, it was impossible to know where to focus – in the best way possible. (Side note – Nina, can I have your sequin cape? Pretty please?)

COLLAB took the stage next and used their strong collegiate presence to their advantage. Everything about their presentation was enjoyable – fluid movement, strong solos, and a smattering of show-stopping chords. Sara Gilbert was recognized for her efforts in leading the group’s visual presentation with the award for Outstanding Choreography.

We traveled across the pond for group three, as London-based VoCollective took the stage. The group utilized the strength of their rhythm section and offered great highlights of power singing with the female trio.  Add in a little sass and some dance moves and you had the audience coming alive and ready to sing and dance.

ICCA Finalist and Virtual Champion, RISE, stepped up the party vibe with confident soloists, a stable of talent, and a stirring rendition of Andra Day’s Rise Up. The group skillfully used key changes to amp up the emotional delivery and looked remarkably polished for a college group just getting into a new school year. The reaction from the audience was visibly positive, as they earned the first standing ovation of the evening.

Next up, we were treated to an encore competition set from ICHSA Champions, Legacy. A final performance for the 2017-2018 group, these talented young singers did not disappoint. The energy in the hall skyrocketed as these eight teenagers took the stage like seasoned professionals with a youthful exuberance. Proving they are more than just bubblegum pop, they sang one of my favorite ballads of the night in a cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which they delivered with an emotional maturity well beyond their years. Their performance landed them in a respectable fourth place overall and number one in a lot of the audience’s hearts. Only two years into their creation, we can’t help but look forward to all the great things still to come from Legacy.

Third place finisher LUXE closed out the first half of the show with clean deliveries, a smart rhythm section, and very strategic use of the individual talents in the group. Another brand-new group with a history of success in ICHSA and ICCA, LUXE successfully engaged the audience and looked very much at home on the big stage.

Back from Intermission, the second half of the show kicked off with a bang, brought by none other than five-time ICCA Champions, The SoCal VoCals. Carnegie Hall was treated to an encore reprise of the incredible set that captured them the ICCA Championship at Beacon Theatre in April, delivered with the flair and precision we’ve come to expect from this group. More excellent solos, with a special Outstanding Solo nod to Kaylah Baker, it’s possible that their performance of Pure Imagination was their best yet, and their dance moves are simply unparalleled. The group went home with a very strong second place prize.

Reigning Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions and Bay Area favorites Business Casual had the tough draw of following the ICCA legends, but did so with such confidence and engagement, that they were one of my favorite acts of the night. This group knows how to win over an audience and they presented a very clear sense of identity in their performance. Each member of the group looked so natural on stage and brought a fantastic performance – but let me tell you how much I could sit and watch Cassie Greene all day. She epitomizes what I want as an audience member – calm but commanding presence, smooth vocals, and never a doubt that she is enjoying every second of her time on stage.

Iris’ performance was next, just before the final competing group of the evening, Ember. This septet out of Baltimore brought an all-original set that showed real talent in songwriting from Alyce (Lisa) McNulty, Hansel Romero, and Erik Fredriksen. A little bit of big stage nerves were evident at the start of their performance, but they quickly settled in and delivered a wide range of moods and incredible artistry throughout their very eclectic and unique set.

With the competition over and the judges hard at work, the audience got to sit back and enjoy last year’s champions, Women of the World. A superlative performance, as always, and full of demands for audience participation.

With small groups now on a winning streak, it will be interesting to see the growth of the AcaOpen moving forward. Is less more? Is professional a cappella embracing simplicity? But most importantly, what will the talent in our community come up with next?

Tune into #TheSpotlight to hear some singing and interviews with finalists, including a full performance of the finals set from 2018 AcaOpen Champions, Iris.

 

 

New Tunesday – September 18, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

Chris Rupp
The founder of Home Free just dropped another video from his solo project and this time he included a veritable team of aca-all-stars for the song “Are You Ready For A Miracle?” Adam Rupp, Mykal Kilgore, Emoni Wilkins, and Elliott Robinson join Rupp for this beauty from A New Day:

The Madison Project
Maroon 5 is a popular inspiration in a cappella circles, but you’ll enjoy this hauntingly beautiful cover from James Madison University’s all male group, especially paired with the gorgeous scenery of central Virginia.

Drums of War
Stars of Australian a cappella took on the Childish Gambino song “Feels Like Summer” in their latest video.

The Open Approaches

The week of #AcaOpen is here and we’re gearing up for an incredible weekend in a cappella. The Finalists will fill Carnegie Hall on Saturday, September 22nd with the sweet sounds of a cappella and one will walk away with the $25,000 prize.

Tickets are still available – See the action in person.

We’ll be catching up with all of the finalists in NYC, but here’s a preview:

Wild Card: Business Casual
San Mateo, CA

Current National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and certainly a force to be reckoned with. With a deep repertoire of originals and unique covers, their sense of brand is as strong as their stage game.

Wild Card: COLLAB
Los Angeles, CA

Bringing together performers from UCLA and CSUN these 13 singers were inspired by the first year of the Open to give it a shot themselves. They earned a shot at the Wild Card after placing second to HIVE – we think the talent pool in California runs deep.

Northeast Champion: Ember
Baltimore, MD

What do you get when you pull from a top notch collegiate group and students at Peabody Conservatory and THEN add some handpick specialty talent? Oh, and then debut a full set of stellar originals? The hottest thing to come out of Baltimore since Old Bay.

West Champion: HIVE
Los Angeles, CA

Five superstar voices. Personality for days. If you’re in the audience live, you might just catch the talent that spills out of them on stage.

New England Champion: Iris
New York, NY

Only three members and first performed as Iris on the semifinal stage at Berklee College of Music and they walked away the winner and also took home Outstanding Arrangement and Outstanding Vocal Percussion. So new that there’s no trace of them online – this may be the very best kind of a cappella witchcraft.

2018 ICHSA Champion: Legacy
Los Angeles, CA

Founder Rob Dietz taps into to some serious scholastic talent with this high school community group. This will be the group’s second appearance in the Open, representing Southern California in last year’s inaugural event.

Midwest Champion: LUXE
Columbus & Dayton, OH

Another new group – this one full of  ICHSA and ICCA all-stars, many of whom are already making huge strides as young and rising pop stars. Can they use their former success to guide them to the big prize?

Virtual Champion: RISE
Arlington, TX

After taking 4th place in the ICCA Finals, RISE will return for another shot at the top. They make their own rules and they are clearly ready for more.

2018 ICCA Champion: The SoCal VoCals
Los Angeles, CA

5-time International Champions and a legacy in the ICCA. Will this collegiate magic win at a new level? We don’t expect the audience to stay in their seats, that’s for sur

International Champion: VoCollective
London, UK

This sextet is just getting warmed up. Largely unknown outside of the UK – making their US debut on none other than Carnegie Hall feels like a good start.

New Tunesday – September 11, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

The Swingles
No one reimagines a classic like The Swingles. In this new release, we hear a Kevin Fox arrangement of the classic Fleetwood Mac song, “Go Your Own Way” sung live at St. Saviour’s Church in London. Notably, this is the last video that features now retired Soprano, Sara Brimer Davey.

DCappella
We’ve already seen the studio version, but as the touring dates near, we’re treated with a live video from this group of superstars with their island-inspired cover of Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go,” which is a little reminiscent of lighthearted feel you’d get from an Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole song.

BYU Vocal Point
Utilizing the beautiful natural scenery of Utah and Oregon, this perennially strong group of gentlemen hit this Josh Groban cover of “You Raise Me Up” out of the park. Both the audio and video was produced and directed by alumnus, McKay Crockett, with the audio mix by Ed Boyer and cinematography by Nick Sales and Morrisey Productions.

Westminster Chorus
Arguably one of the world’s best barbershop choruses, and the reigning second place international medalists, Southern California’s Westminster Chorus shared a live take of their cover of “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.

Listen Live! Platinum Moments – The Alexandria Harmonizers 70th Anniversary

Today at 4 pm EDT, we’ll be bringing you a SOLD OUT performance from Alexandria, VA!

Tune if for Platinum Moments, a celebration of the Alexandria Harmonizer’s 70th Anniversary. This 4-time international champion is fresh off an 8th place finish at BHS Internationals, where the chorus scores were off the charts!

They’ll be joined by special guests Signature Quartet, the 2018 International Quartet Runners-Up, and Toronto Northern Lights, the 2013 International Chorus Champions, now directed by Jordan Travis.

We hear there are plenty of surprises in store – hear it all live right here on acaville.org!

Voice Only 2018 Announced

After many years of a split scholastic and professional compilations, Voices Only combined forces for 2018 Vol. 1 & 2. Here is the extended track list with a great list of high school, collegiate and professional a cappella, expected to be available for download soon.

Volume 1
1) Don’t Belong – Ithacappella
2) Bad Blood – Faux Paz
3) Girlfriend – The Virginia Sil’hooettes
4) Come Together – m-pact
5) Pure Imagination – The SoCal VoCals

6) Animal Spirits – TAG – The A Cappella Group
7) My Favorite Things – Blue Jupiter
8) Super Mario Super Medley – David Fowler
9) The A Team – Freshman Fifteen
10) 22 (Over S∞∞n) – The Boston University Treblemakers
11) Something Beautiful – Kansas City A Cappella, SoundProof
12) Got To Get You Into My Life – Rip_Chord
13) New Rules – All-Night Yahtzee
14) Rise – Sound Off
15) Work Song – UNC Achordants
16) Shape of You – One Note Stand A Cappella
17) Bad Romance – Sensations
18) Pelu Mi – The Sons of Pitches

Volume 2
1) Beneath The Brine – Academical Village People
2) What About Us – OneVoice
3) Giants – Take 7 & Naughty Scotty and the Octapella
4) In The Real Early Morning – Juxtaposition
5) Girls Your Age – Amazin’ Blue
6) Beethoven Medley – Backtrack
7) Let It Be – The Tufts Amalgamates
8) Glowing in the Dark – Scott & Ryceejo
9) Jealous – BLACKOUT
10) Narnia – The Swingles

11) Machine – Pitches and Notes
12) The Circle Game – Doox of Yale (The Duke’s Men)
13) Haze – The Overtones
14) Crabbuckit – Cadence
15) Sledgehammer – Off the Beat
16) Into You – Mixed Emotions
17) Ultralight Beam – The Michigan G-Men
18) Take Me Home – Tufts University Beelzebubs