One Minute With: Matt Sallee

From Pitch Slapped to The House Jacks to Pentatonix, Matt Sallee has established himself as one of the best basses in a cappella. He also may have one of the best laughs! We caught up with him about his collegiate experience, living his dream, and his advice for young artists looking to follow in his footsteps.

Here’s one minute with Matt Sallee:

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 – February 19, 2019

Quite a few new favorites this week – be sure to listen to them all!

Pentatonix

Proving they can cover just about anything, the latest release from a cappella’s biggest stars is a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”. It features a particularly deep solo from Scott Hoying, showing yet another side of the versatile baritone, as well as a solo feature for bass Matt Sallee. And with the video they announced ANOTHER world tour! Get your tickets at ptxofficial.com.

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DCappella

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of The Little Mermaid, the Disney a cappella group released a special video of “Part of Your World.” The group is right in the middle of their first ever US Tour – make sure you catch this act live!

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The Edge Effect featuring Tiffany Coburn

The guys of Edge Effect do collaborative tracks like no other group in a cappella. This time they teamed up with Voctave‘s Tiffany Coburn to breathe new life into a classic.

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m-Pact

Who can resist the jazzy crooning of a classic Chet Baker tune – especially on Valentine’s Day?

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Forte A Cappella

One of the best high schools groups out there + top music video producer Ryan Parma + a Shams Ahmed arrangement? Ok.

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Nomadic

The first full group born out of June bootcamp just dropped their next cover – this time it’s Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” featuring Archie Gopal and Lynique Webster on lead.

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The Techtonics

Frequent top competitors at ICCA treated us to a live video of a performance of “Youngblood” originally by 5 Seconds of Summer.

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MVP

A relatively new group out of Australia, this all-female quintet splashed onto the scene with a third place finish at AUSACA in 2018.

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The AcaLumni Project

Now an annual tradition, this worldwide virtual group released their latest song in honor of Valentine’s Day covering Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

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Countermeasure

This Canadian CAL group toured Japan just last year and just released a Cowboy Bebop anime tribute cover of Tank!

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Festival Statesmen Chorus

Who doesn’t love a fun Queen cover? From their A Cappella Jukebox Musical and Adelaide Fringe Fest show “Choir Boys” The Festival Statesmen Chorus.

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2019 CARA Nominations Announced

The much anticipated annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards nominations were announced today and both long-standing favorites and new stars are among the talents honored.

Standouts include Boston-based experimental group Birdland Avenue who landed five nominations for Come Around including Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Album, Best Pop Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Song (“Rabbit Hole”), Best Original Song by a Professional Group (“Breeze Baby”) and DCappella who earned four nominations for Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Rock Song (“Immortals”), Best Showtunes/Soundtrack/Theme Song (“The Glory Days”), and Best Professional Arrangement for a Non-Scholastic Group (“Immortals”).

We also saw multiple nominations for The Swingles, Pentatonix多么幸福 East West Collective, and Rebel Bit.

On the Scholastic side A Cappella Academy, The G-Men, The A Cappella Group, VoiceBox, The Coda Conduct, The Sons of Pitches, and Dragon Scales were among some of the groups heavily recognized for their work this year.

2009 International Quartet Champions Crossroads led in barbershop music with four nominations in barbershop and arrangements.

See the full list of nominations and then follow along as we catch up with nominees and broadcast live from BOSS and the CARA Ceremony in April.

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 the 90’s? This heart-string tugging cover of “End of the Road” featuring a lead by Rob Lundquist.

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David Yazbek & Sean Altman

Did you hear the news that Carmen Sandiego is back? (YES!) Did you also hear that they’re leaving out the original and incredible theme song from Rockapella? (BOO!) Never fear – the original writers of the song came through anyway – here’s the new a cappella mix of our favorite TV theme song:

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Nomadic

Born out of the professional recruitment process that is June, the first batch of stars out of the program just released their first fully produced music video. With a nod to the Pentatonix duo of Scott and Mitch, better known as Superfruit, this video is anything but bad for you. The group will be headlining their first festival alongside Duwende at Nordonia A Cappella Festival in March.

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Voice.Print

Sri Lanka’s a cappella boy band pays tribute to the boy bands from the ’60’s through today. Singing together since 2006, Voice.Print earned a silver and bronze medal at the World Choir Games in 2010 and can often be heard on English mainstream radio in Sri Lanka.

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Elementary Mix

Although the Eagles’ bid for another Super Bowl ended last weekend, that doesn’t stop us from LOVING this cover of “Fly, Eagles, Fly” from the world’s youngest barbershop quartet. Your author is admittedly a diehard Birds fan, but we promise that its worth a listen!

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New Tunesday – October 23, 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 there are a lot of them:

Pentatonix

Along with the announcement of their newest Holiday album (coming October 26th!), Pentatonix released their Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired video for “Making Christmas.” Tickets for their “Christmas is Here!” Tour are on sale now – shows kick off in Texas on November 25.

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Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition

Catch up on (or relive!) a stellar week of barbershop from St. Louis. All of the performances are now available on YouTube.

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Voctave

BHS continues to release videos from their 2018 International, including Voctave’s ultimate battle of the sexes with “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun.

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AIC Chorus

One of the most anticipated events of the year – the Association of International Champions comes together during International to feature past quartet winners. It’s quite magical when they all sing together, like they did for this “Dig A Little Deeper” medley.

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Vocal Spectrum

The 2006 Quartet Champions have STILL got it. Here’s a signature performance of “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket” during their guest performance at the 2018 Central States District Convention.

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Ndlovu Youth Choir and Wouter Kellerman

Ed Sheeran sung by a South African youth choir with a flute player mixed and mastered by Bill Hare? It’s every bit as awesome as you think it should be. So much so, we’re including it here, even with the flute!

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Rockapella

Just a head of the release of Jams Vol. 2, we’re treated with a preview of “Lady Mine (Bach vs. Beethoven)” which incorporates the classics in a way that only Rockapella can.

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DCappella

It was another big week for DCappella – US tour dates were announced AND they dropped another video – this time for their all vocal version of “Glory Days” from Incredibles 2.

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קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

Leading the way for a cappella in Israel, Quinta and a Half released a dramatic video for their cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”

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NoVI

The 2017 AcaOpen Finalists out of the UK just dropped a live looping cover of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

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The Bristol Suspensions

A little live video release from one of the top collegiate groups in the UK, we enjoyed this cover of Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande’s “Faith.”

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The Eight Tracks

Challenging themselves to create something fun in under an hour, this Boston CAL group channeled OKGo for this quick mashup of Nick Jonas and Taylor Swift. See them LIVE with Fermata Town at Spire Center for the Performing Arts on November 30!

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And no videos (yet!), but you should also check out the latest from:

Birdland Avenue – Rabbit Hole
Unaccompanied – PINETONESBir
Sonata Problem A Cappella – Exposition