One Minute With: Business Casual

What do five tech-savvy professionals from the Bay Area have in common? Amazing talents on stage. In the last year, Business Casual has won the National Harmony Sweepstakes, been a finalist at the AcaOpen, and won the 2019 competition at VoiceJam. Just this week, they also released their self-titled album, available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

Here’s one minute with Business Casual:

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 – 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 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 Results Site!

Just in time for competition season, we’ve rolled out a new results site – results.acaville.org – keep up on what’s happening with the Sweeps, ICCA, ICHSA, festival competitions, and more. As we add data, you can even look back at a single group’s competition history – so it’ll just keep getting better over time!