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January 6, 2010

Alone Again Naturally

Fairfield Weekly (CT):

Rod Eldridge, lead tenor for the a cappella group Naturally 7, doesn't mince words when discussing his group's aspirations. "We want to make [a cappella] something that legitimately stands alone for what it is," he says firmly.

Naturally 7 has been chipping away at this goal for the last decade. Eldridge thinks it's "up for debate" whether they have accomplished what they set out to, saying only the group has "come a long way."

One thing is for certain: The group is excited to be performing on their own bill at the Ridgefield Playhouse. "[This is a] little step in what we expect to be a big year for us," Eldridge says. They plan on releasing their first U.S. album this year. It will contain mostly original material, and while on a break from their gig supporting Michael Bublé on his world tour, they are headlining at venues stateside.

This is new territory for them. After winning the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival in 1999, they established a name for themselves throughout the aughts, touring and releasing albums in Europe. In 2007 they starting touring with Bublé, serving as his opening act and backup group.

They have been entertaining large crowds as a supporting act with their dynamic approach to a cappella, dubbed "vocal play," which involves group members impersonating every instrument in a given arrangement. The members all have distinct roles in the group; Eldridge, for example, makes scratching and trumpet noises. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at January 6, 2010 12:00 AM


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