The Quin-Tones Photo: Rick Krebsbach
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

Vintage Mix at WSM
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 Continue Reading...


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

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Carmen Sandiego
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 Continue Reading...


MICappella
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 Continue Reading...


Merry Christmas
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 Continue Reading...


Little Mermaid - Kiss The Girl
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 Continue Reading...


The Swingles - Tokyo Sunrise
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 Continue Reading...


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