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October 3, 2015

Home Free on the move

Chicago Tribune:

Before Home Free won NBC's "The Sing Off" in 2013, the a cappella group was releasing albums on its own and trying to win over season ticket-holders and other strangers to their revamped tunes as they toured theaters, fairs and colleges beyond their Minnesota home base.

"Nowadays people are showing up to see us and there's a palpable energy and excitement in the air before we take the stage," Tim Foust, who provides the lowest notes as the group's bass voice, said by phone from the tour bus a day before their New York City debut. "We all just have a good time from the minute the show starts."

Known for rearranging country and pop classics, from Johnny Cash and Alabama to 'N Sync and One Direction, Home Free is on its third national tour, which arrives Wednesday at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, and follows it with a holiday tour and its first European date, the London A Cappella Festival in January, with their VIP packages already sold out.

"Our YouTube presence is the main driver at this point," Foust said.

It also doesn't hurt that the guys aren't too shabby looking.

"The bulk of our demographic is women ages 30 to 50," said Foust, 34, whose voice had maternal nurturing early on.

"My mom said I was singing and humming along with her before I was even able to form words as a baby. She would sing to me and I would match pitch," Foust said. "My mom really liked those vocal groups from the '50s and '60s … the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons … and my grandma played me a lot of southern gospel as well. That was definitely a big influence. I was lucky that music was in my household."

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Posted by acapnews at October 3, 2015 12:00 AM

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