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 – 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.

a cappella, b vocal, Spain, singing, quintet, Zaragoza, YouTube

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

Bette Midler, singing, a cappella, Epiphony, harmony, a capella

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.

a cappella, live music, NYC, Harmony Sweeps, Concrete, singing

 

New Tunesday – March 19, 2019

Lots of gut-punching power in this week’s #NewTunesday….

Peter Hollens

Enlisting the talents of 200 young voices, Hollens’ latest YouTube is a stunning cover of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”

Peter Hollens, a cappella, singing, Josh Groban, kids singing, young voices, a capella, YouTuber

Fundamentally Sound

There might be nothing better than joyfully poking fun at ourselves and A Cappella 101 does just that.

a cappella, singing, original music, parody, Deke Sharon, Fundamentally Sound

Fermata Town

This Boston-based CAL powerhouse took a Kelly Clarkson tune and turned it to 11.

a cappella, Boston, CAL, League, Fermata Town, Kelly Clarkson, cover music, live music, singing, a capella

Upper Structure

The relatively new but already award-winning Berklee group hits this powerful Todrick Hall cover out of the park with their first ever music video.

a cappella, Todrick Hall, Berklee, cover song, music video, singing, a capella

קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

Who doesn’t need a little classic Bee Gees with their Tu(n)esday?

Israel, a cappella, singing, Bee Gees, a cappella, Quinta

Kessay Chan

Even though you might not understand the lyrics depicting a deep but tumultuous love, you’ll still appreciate this music.

騷靈情歌, Kessay Chan, one voice, singing, a cappella, multitrack

The Techtonics

One more #SmashHitSunday from the gentlemen of The Techtonics – this time with a little Jonas Brothers cover.

Jonas Brothers, a cappella, cover song, Techtonics, UK, singing, live music

And finally – ARORA – whose performances together are now rare, surprised us with three new songs that sound like a perfect extension to their album, Bioluminescence. Run, don’t walk. Enjoy this gift.

 

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 production by an all-star team of Peter Huang, Tat Tong, Plaid Productions, and Dave Sperandio.

MICappella, Tat Tong, Singapore, a cappella, singing

RESOUND

A very happy new year indeed, with the release of “Disney Medley II” from this soulful Richmond, VA trio.

a cappella, Disney, singing, Richmond, Resound

Due North

2018 National Harmony Sweepstakes Finalists, Due North, kicked off the new year with a fully produced music video of their cover of “Lost on You.” This relatively new group out of the Twin Cities is pushing hard and we suspect that this is only the beginning.

a cappella, midwest, Due North, LP, singing

Drums of War

Australian hip hop a cappella at its finest, 2015 AUSACA Champions, Drums of War, cover Talib Kweli.

Australia, a cappella, singing, Talib Kweli, hip hop

Ardú

Leaders of the a cappella movement in Ireland, Ardú uses a little looping to present their version of the popular Muse song, “Madness” live in concert.

a cappella, Muse, madness, singing, Ireland, Ardú
DocAcappella

Marc Silverberg is officially the Weird Al of a cappella and we can’t get enough. His latest release, “ICCA” comes just ahead of the start of the 2019 season and it’s hilariously spot-on.

a cappella, ICCA, Varsity Vocals, humor, singing

 

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.

a cappella, Canada, Toronto, acoustic, Beatsync

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

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.”

Sara B, a cappella, singing, Gravity, Smooth Edge 2

New DCappella Album PLUS a Chance to Open For The Tour

Things have been ramping up behind the scenes for well over a year in the halls of Disney Music (and the mind of Deke Sharon), as they prepared to launch the next great a cappella group.

The promotional tours are underway and US & Canada tour dates for 2019 have been announced, as well as teasers for their first album. The much anticipated first album from DCappella was released on all major music distributors today. Here’s a taste:

a cappella, Disney, DCappella, singing, new album, music

Not only that, but now YOU can also be a part of the magic!

DCappella - Take Us On Tour
DCappella – Take Us On Tour

Here’s how to get there:

Get an Instagram account (just kidding, we know you already have one!)

  1. Record your group LIVE. No studio magic here – just you, your group, and your beautiful natural voices. Phone video is fine – no one is judging your cinematography skills (but maybe film in landscape and use a tripod 😉 )
  2. Upload your video to Instagram. Tag it with:

#DCappella
#TakeUsOnTour
#[name of the city you want to perform in]

And hey, tag us, too – we LOVE good a cappella! (@Acavilleradio)

3. Share. Share. Share.

Submit your entry by December 15th and check your DMs – someone will reach out to you there if you make it through!

And while you’re at it….don’t forget to spread the word about the tour.

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.

a cappella, music video, singing

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”?

barbershop, OC Times, singing, a cappella, AIC, Orlando

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