One Minute With: RJ Woessner

It’s been a true pleasure to follow this young star’s singing career – first with ICCA Champions and Sing-Off contestants, Pitch Slapped, then with Vocalosity, and now with DCappella. Tenor RJ Woessner has worked hard to get where he is now and he has some great tips on how you can follow in his footsteps.

Here’s one minute with RJ Woessner:

New Tunesday – March 26, 2019

Pentatonix

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

PTX, Pentatonix, a cappella, a capella, singing, YouTube, Cosmo Sheldrake, world tour

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.

a cappella, religious, Christian, music, Chris Rupp, Home Free, singing

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.

Irish, singing, traditional, Apex Singers, UK, a cappella

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.

cartoon, theme songs, a cappella, singing, a capella, Ljubljana

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.

Temple, Pitch, Please, ICCA, LGBTQ, live music, competition, Philly, a cappella, a capella

Voices In Your Head

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

Voices In Your Head, ICCA, Chicago, singing, a cappella, live music

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.

a cappella, West Chester, Under A Rest, singing, live music

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 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).”

Home Free, country, a cappella, singing, The Sing-Off

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.

ONAIR, Germany, Linkin Park, YouTube, Numb, singing, a cappella, vocal

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.

a cappella, Fly, singing, harmony, vocals, From the Roots

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.

UK, a cappella, singing, Imagine Dragons, harmonies, vocals, a capella

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.

a cappella, Oxford, UK, Morten Kjaer, Gabby Gordon, Holywell Music Room, live music

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.

Towson University, Trills, a cappella, singing, Maryland, live music, stairwell

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.

Penn Masala, a cappella, mental health, awareness, South Asian, Philadelphia, UPenn

SesVerSus

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

Turkey, a cappella, singing, harmony, vocal, live music

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.

Jewish, a cappella, Y-Studs, Queen, Hanukkah, Chanukah

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.”

Berklee, a cappella, Freedom, Beyonce, cover, ICCA

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.

holiday, a cappella, Christmas, carols, Scott, Ryceejo

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.

AIC, barbershop, champions, Disney, a cappella