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October 8, 2010

Barbershop quartet land £1 million record deal

The Independent (UK):

An award-winning barbershop quartet is tackling a new style of cut - after landing a major record deal. The Great British Barbershop Boys, whose day jobs include working for the police and teaching, picked up their best tip yet after signing a seven-figure deal with Sony. Baritone Joe Knight, whose group will release an album of Christmas songs, said: "This deal is just truly amazing."

The harmonic four-piece was talent-spotted by record bosses when they appeared at the International Barbershop Convention in Philadelphia. They took the title of British Quartet champions in 2008. The Great British Barbershop Boys will release their debut album Christmas Time for Arista Records on December 6. Sony Music said the group signed a £1 million deal (US$1.6 million).

Knight, who lives in Nottingham and works for Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We are just four guys earning a living and getting on with our lives. "We have always done well with our barbershopping, but we started it as a means to socialize. This deal is just truly amazing."

Tenor Alan Hughes, a teacher based in Warrington, said the group - who had never thought of their music as a career choice - said they were looking forward to taking the traditional sound to a wider audience.

"The barbershop sound has survived around the world but underground for years. It will be superb to see it make a proper comeback in the charts," he said. Read more.

Wow! To my knowledge no US barbershop quartet has any kind of record deal let alone with a major label. There has been a dearth of new barbershop CD releases recently but if Sony is willing to bet a cool million pounds on a release then surely there is very much a market for barbershop recordings. Get in the studios guys (and gals) and let's get some fresh barbershop CDs out there.

Posted by acapnews at October 8, 2010 12:00 AM

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