November 19, 2010
Sing-Off group bios
Well it looks like NBC is really getting behind the upcoming second season as there seems to be much more advance marketing for the series than for the first season.
Here are the official group bios for the participating groups plus there is now a page on the web site with a bunch of promo clips. Definitely "Glee-ish" the opening number does show some very strong solo voices and the choreography is certainly exuberant...
The Backbeats – Los Angeles, CA
Composed of the best a cappella singers from University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles, the group of twenty-something's incorporates their disparate styles and tastes into one synthesized sound fused together by their love of Pop,R&B and Soul. Backbeat has a fresh, original approach to popular music with that old school spirit.
Eleventh Hour – Kettering, Ohio
Recognized as one of the nation's top high school a cappella groups, their studio recordings have been featured on Best of High School A Cappella and have won two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Academy awards. Eleventh Hour has opened for LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys and sang backup for Kenny Loggins. Their youth and energy combine with musicianship that is beyond their years.
Pitch Slapped – Boston, Massachusetts
Founded in 2006, the group of students from Berklee College of Music has won numerous International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella awards, including their recent triumph of 2nd place overall. Pitch Slapped offers a distinctive sound and infectious energy, with a unique grasp on a cappella and have a sense of musicality that is apparent in their arrangements, solos, and overall sound.
Groove For Thought – Seattle, Washington
Since the group's inception in 1998, Groove For Thought brings their unique brand of jazz and R&B infused tunes to festival, concert, school, and nightclub audiences throughout the United States and abroad. The group won the National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship in 2005 and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Jazz Song in 2006.
Men of Note – Cherry Hill, New Jersey
This all-male group of eight is comprised of Cherry Hill High School West alumni,where the group was first founded. The three-time winners of the Best Of High School A Cappella competition, the group has the perfect mix of originality and diversity.
Street Corner Symphony – Nashville, Tennessee
Formed in May of 2010, the group of six contains two sets of siblings. All from the Southeast U.S., the members bring a unique laid back southern soul to the group. Street Corner Symphony offers a diverse repertoire, while maintaining their rich heritage in gospel music.
On The Rocks – Eugene, Oregon
Students at University of Oregon founded the all-male group in 1999. The group has had great viral success with videos featured on various websites, with more than 6.5 million views of their popular rendition of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." On The Rocks is a group that strives to entertain audiences of all ages while maintaining a strong emphasis on musicality.
Committed – Huntsville, Alabama
This all-male group was founded in 2003 by four high school students at Forest Lake Academy. The group stayed together as they progressed to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where they continued to perform together. Committed is dedicated to creating unique harmonies with powerful lead vocals, soaring harmonies, and a booming bass line.
Jerry Lawson & Talk of The Town – Oakland, California
Jerry Lawson, a member of The Persuasions for 40 years was joined together with Talk of The Town when they were both hired to perform at a wedding in 2001. The group has since performed with Rod Stewart on the Katrina Benefit, Nickelodeon's Noggin Network on "Jack's Big Music Show" and they continue performing at private parties in-between all of their other musical projects.
The Whiffenpoofs of Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
Comprised of 14 senior Yale men, the "Whiffs" were founded in 1909 and are the world's oldest collegiate a cappella group. What began as a quartet has grown into a group of international acclaim with a world tour that spans three months and features dozens of foreign destinations. Their repertoire incorporates modern hits as well as classics as old as the group itself.
Posted by acapnews at November 19, 2010 12:00 AM