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December 8, 2003

Rockapella wants to let you in on a secret. "'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' has an introduction that I'd never heard before," says Scott Leonard, the a cappella quintet's high tenor, principal song writer and producer. Leonard rattles off the four-line intro - in key, of course.

"When you hear that, you're like, 'Oh my gosh, it's that song?' It just gets my boat floatin'," says the Indiana native, who's now a resident of Tampa, Fla. "I like to find a Christmas song [for us to sing] that has a verse or an intro that was written for it that nobody ever does ... Little twists on songs that make people go, 'Oh, that was cool.'"

"[Our shows are] pretty energetic. The thing about a cappella is it's kind of organic and fluctuating and continuous," Leonard says. "It's not when like you pluck a string and it's always the same ... everything's kind of spinning around in our throats, and it's very 'of the moment' and spontaneous and accessible. I barely even think of us as a cappella. I think of us as just making music that happens to come from our mouths only." More

Posted by acapnews at December 8, 2003 9:48 PM


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