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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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”?

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VoicePlay

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

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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:

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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.”

 

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.”

 

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.

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.