New Tunesday – January 21, 2020

Highline Vocal Jazz

This one is a treat for the ears AND the eyes. See them LIVE at N.E.Voices this weekend – we’ll be streaming it right here on Acaville!

a cappella, NYC, jazz, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, stop motion, singing, harmony, a capella

The King’s Singers

Founding Harmony is coming soon and here’s the newest single from this pillar of the a cappella world.

a cappella, Finding Harmony, London, Alma Androzzo, Stacey V. Gibbs, MLK, hymn, 1945

Forte

Forte + Shams Ahmed + Plaid Productions + Justin Critchfield + Ed Boyer + Dave Sperandio + Ryan Parma = Magic. That’s how math works, right?

a cappella, Centreville, Ohio, Dayton Strong, Youth, Shawn Mendez, ICHSA, cover song, Ryan Parma, singing, Shams Ahmed, a capella

DCappella

Anytime the vocal percussionist gets a solo, you know it’s going to be great.

a cappella, Disney, Aristocats, Antonio Fernandez, jazz, singing, movie soundtrack

Six Appeal

This Twin Cities based group announced their new members, Mel Daneke and Virginia Cavaliere with this Beyonce classic.

a cappella, Minnesota, Beyonce, cover song, singing, a capella

NoVI

There’s a reason the a cappella community loves singing and hearing covers of this Leonard Cohen song – especially when arranged and sung well.

a cappella, live music, cover song, Leonard Cohen, London, singing, St Michael’s Paternoster Royal

Anthem Lights

This group should really just consider going all a cappella.

a cappella, Ed Sheeran, wedding songs, love song, cover song, singing, Perfect, quartet, Nashville,

Harvard Opportunes

A stellar live version of Hard Place featuring first year soloist, Devon Gates.

a cappella, live music, cover song, H.E.R., Harvard, a capella, singing

Voxy

January is a great time to put the spotlight on empowerment songs. Here’s a great medley from this San Diego quintet.

a cappella, a capella, singing, cover song, women, women rising, in solidarity, rise up, Quiet, MILCK,, Andra Day, Armor, Sara Bareilles, This Is Me, The Greatest Showman, San Diego

Nor’easters Capture NACC Title as AEA Announces Huge News

Some of the best a cappella groups converged in Memphis this weekend to participate in the National A Cappella Convention for showcases, competitions, and educational sessions from the best in the business.

For the first time, the high school competition was swapped out for a showcase of ten top high school groups. While groups received full feedback from judges, the stress levels were reduced as no winner was named. Instead, the audience was the winner as each set was remarkable. With performances from groups like Limited Edition, Unstrumental, Forte, and G-E-T Vocal Point, this showcase was a true highlight of the weekend.

Saturday kicked off with a convention-wide TedTalk-like session from Convention founder and AEA President, Dr. J.D. Frizzell. His motivational talk put all attendees in the right mindset to learn and use their music to leave an impact on their audiences.

The day was a mix of classes, masterclasses, and more showcases, including performances from RESOUND, OneVoice, and Impromptu before the Convention came to a close with the Collegiate Invitational featuring:

EQ Blu
No Comment
The Green Tones
Voices In Your Head
The Nor’easters
Texas Songhorns
Mosaic Whispers
All-Night Yahtzee

With visually creative and emotional sets, the judges chose to honor:

Outstanding Aesthetic – All-Night Yahtzee
Outstanding Scene Painting – Voices in Your Head
Outstanding Choreography- UNT Green Tones
Outstanding Soloist – Anthony Rodriguez (The Nor’easters)

2nd Place: UNT Green Tones
WINNER: Nor’easters

The evening also featured a guest performance by Nomadic, the first group formed out of the June Foundation.

And just when we thought the weekend was over, Dr. Frizzell and Executive Producer A.J. Marino took the stage with a huge announcement – NACC would not happen in 2020. But before the audience could get too upset, Frizzell shared that the reason was that AEA will be hosting an even larger Convention in the Spring of 2021 in Orlando. Make your plans now, a cappella fans – it’s going to be the biggest event we’ve seen in a cappella yet.