New Tunesday – April 16, 2019

We’re pretty close to the end of the school year, so we’re waiting with unbridled anticipation of all the aca-goodness to come! And lucky for all of us, the end of year release extravaganza has begun.

But first – reigning Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, After Hours, performed LIVE on the Today Show in honor of Barbershop Quartet Day! Barbershop Quartet Day (April 11) honors the official beginning of organized barbershop with the founding of BHS, now 81 years strong. Watch it HERE.

And there aren’t any videos (yet), but 2018 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, 2018 AcaOpen Finalists, and now 2019 VoiceJam Champions, Business Casual, just dropped a new album. Check it out now on Spotify and then get your own copy on iTunes or Amazon!

PFC

This outstanding high school group out of San Antonio is on their way to NYC to compete in ICHSA next week, but they gave us THIS goodness before they go. And within just days of release, it has nearly 65,000 views!

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Committed

The Sing-Off Season 2 Champions prove they still have the magic that won them the top prize.

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Six13

These recent CARA winners just keep putting out the hits. Chag Kasher v’Sameach!

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Citizen Queen

The fire is still burning hot for Citizen Queen who surprised fans with a live take of “Too Little, Too Late” over the weekend.

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North Cape

Alright, we know at least some of you are back in Game of Thrones heaven. Here’s a treat for you out of Poland. And it’s cool to listen to even if you aren’t a fan of the show.

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Duke Pitchforks

This Shawn Mendes song has made quite the rounds in a cappella circles this year. Pair it with a great video and some nice dance moves and we’re sold.

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5280 A Cappella

A Jonas/Zedd mashup done a cappella? Yes.

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Flight Scene

Who knew there were more country a cappella groups out there? It was good news to us, so we wanted to share this awesome Kelsea Ballerini cover.

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The Chromatix

I’m ready for a new cover of Royals. Enjoy this live take from Wisconsin.

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The Eight Tracks

So, this Jonas Brothers tune is just *so* catchy, we have another version for you.

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Colour of Voices

This Malaysian group is so excited for Ed Sheeran to make a tour stop, they used this music video as a lover letter.

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Pitches Be Trippin’

If Ariana Grande is going to own the charts, it only makes sense to put out a mashup.

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Elementary Mix

I can never resist talented elementary school kids singing great music. Hear the latest from this super talented group of barbershop’s future.

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And while this isn’t new, Ringmasters‘ stellar version of “Notre Dame Medley” made the rounds this week as the world watched fire engulf the treasured and storied cathedral in the heart of Paris. As we saw in so many news clips, music is already bringing peace to those feeling the impact of the loss.

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New Tunesday – April 9, 2019

VoicePlay

Even if you’re not ready to admit you love a good guilty pleasure, we dare you not to sing along.

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Gestalt

This boundary-pushing group out of the University of Florida are frequent competitors nationwide. This cover is part of their award-winning set that earned them First Runner-Up at the National A Cappella Convention in 2018.

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Vadé

This smooth UK R&B quintet put their own spin on this Boyz II Men classic.

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MVP

Billie Eilish is all the rage lately and this Australian quintet does great justice to “Bellyache.”

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New Tunesday – April 2, 2019

This week’s New Tunesday combines some a cappella newcomers with some groups long invested in the community. No matter how long they’ve been here, this new music sure is welcome.

Anthem Light

This band might not be full time a cappella, but they did a pretty stellar job with this cover.

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Kevin Ross

The solo artist teamed up with Miss Jay DMV to make a tribute to the talents of Missy Elliot.

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The AcaLumni Project

The a cappella group that doesn’t require leaving your home put out their latest collaboration from Peter Gabriel.

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SomeSing Quartet

One of the trailblazing mixed quartets got together after four months to rival the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies with their tight harmonies.

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Concrete

Caitlin Nelson took home Best Original Arrangement for this cover of the James Arthur tune. Check out their performance at Boston Harmony Sweepstakes.

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New Tunesday – March 26, 2019

Pentatonix

The latest release from these superstars is just as captivating visually as it is musically.

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Chris Rupp

The founder of Home Free released a full solo album “A New Day” in 2018 – here is the latest video from the album for the title track.

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The Apex Singers

This brand new octet out of the UK kicked things off with a simple, yet beautiful live take of this traditional Irish tune.

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b vocal

Enjoy this Robbie Williams cover from one of the biggest a cappella acts in Spain.

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Bassless

90’s kids can take a trip back to their childhood with this retro cartoon theme song medley.

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Epiphony A Cappella

This quintet throws in way back with this Bette Midler cover arranged by Deke Sharon

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Pitch, Please

This Temple University group competed in ICCA for the first time this year with a set entitled “There Will Be Better Days” earning fourth place at their quarterfinal at Drexel University.  Considered an LGBTQIA+ advocacy a cappella group, Pitch, Please was founded in 2014 with the mission to spread positivity, empowerment, and unity through music.

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Voices In Your Head

2018 ICCA Finals 3rd Place finishers just released their full winning set – live. You can also download “Begin Again” now.

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Under A Rest

This West Chester University group also released a 2018 live performance this week – enjoy their Dua Lipa cover featuring the WCU Dance Team.

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Concrete

With one more live video for this week, we get to see a song from their performance at Boston Harmony Sweepstakes a few weeks back.

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New Tunesday – March 19, 2019

Lots of gut-punching power in this week’s #NewTunesday….

Peter Hollens

Enlisting the talents of 200 young voices, Hollens’ latest YouTube is a stunning cover of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”

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Fundamentally Sound

There might be nothing better than joyfully poking fun at ourselves and A Cappella 101 does just that.

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Fermata Town

This Boston-based CAL powerhouse took a Kelly Clarkson tune and turned it to 11.

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Upper Structure

The relatively new but already award-winning Berklee group hits this powerful Todrick Hall cover out of the park with their first ever music video.

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קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

Who doesn’t need a little classic Bee Gees with their Tu(n)esday?

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Kessay Chan

Even though you might not understand the lyrics depicting a deep but tumultuous love, you’ll still appreciate this music.

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The Techtonics

One more #SmashHitSunday from the gentlemen of The Techtonics – this time with a little Jonas Brothers cover.

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And finally – ARORA – whose performances together are now rare, surprised us with three new songs that sound like a perfect extension to their album, Bioluminescence. Run, don’t walk. Enjoy this gift.

 

New Tunesday – March 12, 2019

This week’s #NewTunesday brings some heavy-hitters this week. From world class, to world champions, to worldwide, we’ve got your need for new a cappella amply covered this week:

The Swingles

Now with two new ladies, The Swingles quietly dropped this Spanish lullaby and it wows. Did you expect anything less?

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Naturally 7

Somewhat under the radar, top US vocal group N7 has been competing on The World’s Best Championship. Their most recent performance was a tribute of “Fix You”, but you can also see their cover of the iconic “In The Air Tonight” or their audition using “Wall of Sound.”

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Women of the World

Two new videos in two weeks from this amazing group? We feel spoiled.

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Cadence

Losing power might be your worst nightmare, but what if it meant an impromptu unplugged set from one of the best jazz quartets in the business? Here they are entertaining in the dark at Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House.

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VoicePlay

In their first PartWorks installment of Season 2, the fellas of VoicePlay bring us a cover of “Mr. Blue Sky” that is sure to brighten your day.

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Scott & Ryceejo

This dynamic duo caught the attention of the composer with their medley of songs from Mary Poppins Returns – the latest in their long series of Disney covers.

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BisCaydence

The recently crowned South Regional Finalists for this year’s ICCA just released a live video of their performance of “No Air” from the Betsy A Cappella Festival in the fall.

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MVP | After5 | The Macabellas | Centenary Vocal Ensemble

The ladies of Aussie a cappella came together for a cover of “Independent Women” in honor of International Women’s Day.

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The Eight Tracks

This Boston-based CAL group just snagged 2nd place at the Boston Harmony Sweepstakes – here’s footage of their whole set!

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The Techtonics

Have you been following the #SmashHitSunday series? Here’s the latest out of the UK’s top collegiate group:

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And this one was a little late to come to our attention, but here’s a new-ish Geico ad featuring a “barbershop quartet”:

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New Tunesday – March 5, 2019

It was another busy week in the aca-verse. Lucky for us – we all reap the benefits. Here are this week’s top new releases:

Home Free

Their Patreon supporters got a head start on this new release, but now it’s available for everyone. Enjoy “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right).”

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ONAIR

What a cappella group doesn’t love a Linkin Park cover? Here’s a fresh take on “Numb” out of Germany, mixed and mastered by Bill Hare.

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From the Roots

We loved watching this new group at LAAF, so please excuse while we don’t hide our excitement about their latest live video release. Here’s “Fly” from their headlining performance at SING! Texas last fall, featuring Hannah Lewis on lead.

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The Sons of Pitches

Why sing one Imagine Dragons song when you can do a whole medley? The UK stars and winners of The Naked Choir 2015 bring all your favorites together.

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The Rivers

Singing a tune in a live music room at Oxford, The Rivers did a great take on this song by Morten Kjær and Gabby Gordon.

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Towson Trills

One of the smallest collegiate groups in the circuit is working towards one more trip to ICCA Finals and gave us all a little taste of their talent.

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Penn Masala

The world’s first South Asian a cappella group faces the challenges of mental health for college students with this cover and mashup of Everglow and Kaise Mujhe.

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SesVerSus

With 10 people, this Turkish group is a little big for a couch video, but they pull off the same charm.

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New Tunesday – February 26, 2019

Women of the World

Winners of the inaugural Varsity Vocals AcaOpen have a long list of accolades and rightfully so. Singing songs from around the world, this quartet born out of Berklee just released their version of the American Negro Spiritual, “Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho.”

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Ringmasters

While performing in Germany, the 2012 BHS International Quartet Champions out of Sweden rung sweet chords inside a local cathedral.

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Citizen Queen

The girl group backed by the star power of Pentatonix is still on the rise and their latest song “Never Enough” features a simple yet powerful delivery.

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Vadé

Who doesn’t love Jamiroquai – especially when it’s sung this well? This a cappella quintet out of London claims influences from Take 6 and Committed among others and it shows.

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On’lar A Cappella

Some great fun out of Turkey produced by Grammy-winning engineer, Bill Hare.

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Jared Halley

The one-man a cappella sensation is back with a five-song medley from Journey.

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The Techtonics

As part of their series called #SmashHitSunday, the UK a cappella stars and 2016 ICCA Champions are pushing boundaries with their latest release, tackling subjects outside of their comfort zones.

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After School Specials

From the Claremont Colleges consortium in California, the 2018 ICCA Wildcard Finalist released a hot cover of Ariana Grande’s “Greedy.”

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AcaBelles

The standout group of women from FSU gave us a live cover of Demi Lovato this week.

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Stratus Quartet

Topping the field of High School Quartets at Arvada High School last week, the future of barbershop looks bright.

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