New Tunesday – April 30, 2019

The school year is winding down, the summer festival season is heating up and we’re hitting a great crossroads of new music.

Insomnia

This mashup of “Brighter Day” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” done by ten singers out of Latvia GROOVES.

mashup, a cappella, Marvin Gaye, Kirk Franklin, Latvia

Pentatonix

Ariana Grande has had quite the journey so far. Who better to capture it with a cappella?

a cappella, PTX, Ariana Grande, singing, cover, evolution

BYU Noteworthy

If there is something we’ve come to expect from BYU a cappella music videos, it is stunning scenery only outdone by stunning voices.

BYU, a cappella. Utah, Jesus, singing, music video

Jared Halley

The Columbus-based one man show took on Imagine Dragons this week.

a cappella, multitrack, Imagine Dragons, medley, singing

Vintage Mix

Everyone’s favorite quadruplet quartet does this justice.

barbershop, a cappella, quartet, Avengers, Vintage Mix, quadruplets

Scott & Ryceejo

The latest Disney Crossover brings together Hercules and Anastasia.

a cappella, duo, Disney, Hercules, Anastasia, singing, music video

Vocalocity

Eurovision is the biggest European music competition and Vocalocity pays tribute to all of the Israeli competitors.

a cappella, Eurovision, Israel, singing

The Beatroots

Taking advantage of a trip to Paris in the best way possible, The Beatroots used the City of Lights as a backdrop for their latest video.

a cappella, Paris, Oxford, UK, music video, Lana Del Ray

Beatsync

This Toronto-based group decided to challenge themselves by recording and filming this during their recent retreat weekend.

a cappella, singing, Toronto, Yebba, cover song, music video

Gestalt

As a group that prides themselves on being avant-garde, their latest video sure has caused quite a stir.

a cappella, cover song, music video, Florida, collegiate, anger, frustration

A Win For Youth and Heritage at #BHSOpry

The first day of contest and shows at the 2019 BHS Midwinter Convention was especially significant. It started with the first-ever Next Generation Junior Quartet Contest and ended with a barn-burning Heritage of Harmony Show on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

The significance of both events is the demonstration of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s ongoing mission of “Everyone in Harmony” with a focus on youth and the roots of barbershop in African-American music tradition.

15 young quartets, all singers under the age of 18, took the stage in front of a rowdy crowd in the ballroom at Opryland. There were both men’s and women’s quartets and one mixed quartet. While most of the singers were in high school, Elementary Mix from Quinton, NJ – a quartet of elementary school students – charmed the crowd with their rendition of “The Chordbusters March.”

At the end of the contest, the Quin-Tones, a men’s quartet from Salem, NJ, took home the gold medals with a score of 219 points, edging out both 2nd and 3rd by just one point. Singing “My Ideal,” these young gentlemen demonstrated musicality and personality far beyond their years.

Tying for 2nd and 3rd were Singing Double, a quartet of two sets of twins from Tampa, FL, and Vintage Mix, seasoned barbershopping quadruplets from Milwaukee, WI.

Singing Double
Singing Double; Photo: Rick Krebsbach
Vintage Mix
Vintage Mix; Photo: Rick Krebsbach

 

See the full results.

The excitement carried right across the street to the iconic Grand Ole Opry for the Heritage of Harmony Show, featuring The Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Fairfield Four, HALO, Crossroads, Signature, After Hours, and a cameo from Throwback.

The evening was a true celebration of barbershop not only coming to terms with a segregated past, but celebrating a new path forward where diversity and inclusion is paramount.

HALO and The Fairfield Four
HALO and The Fairfield Four at Grand Ole Opry

One Minute With: Vintage Mix

The festivities at #BHSOpry are just getting underway and the NextGen Junior Quartet Contest kicks off the contests Thursday at 4 pm Central.

One of the top groups heading into the contest is Vintage Mix, a mixed quartet of quadruplets from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We caught up with them just after a live interview on the storied WSM Radio in Opryland.

Here is One Minute With: Vintage Mix –