December 17, 2014
The Melodores win The Sing-off
Congratulations to The Melodores who took top honors on tonight's broadcast of the Sing-off. They are an all male collegiate group from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and did splendidly tonight and are most worthy winners of the contest.
December 11, 2014
The Sing-Off competing groups
Somewhat curiously NBC has still not announced the competing groups on the upcoming Sing-Off special nor seemingly sent out much publicity material but our a cappella sleuths have determined who this year's performing groups are.
The two hour special is to air on Wednesday Dec 17th 9/8C.
Above is a clip of Timothy's Gift who not only sings wonderfully but their organization does some great charity work.
Steve Carell sings barbershop
Steve Carell joined Jimmy Fallon's barbershop quartet The Ragtime Gals last night on the Tonight Show to sing Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." Fun!
December 10, 2014
Pioneer of a cappella music, Stan Krause to be honored
Nestled between a fish market and a Dunkin Donuts on Bergen Avenue is a true historical gem of Jersey City. The place is called Stan's Square Records and it is owned by a man named Stan Krause.
The walls of his store are covered with vinyl records from artists like Lionel Richie, Joe Tex, The Beatles, Nas, and Lorde. His customers all greet him by name and shake his hand. After 36 years in the same location, Krause is a neighborhood fixture.
He was also one of the biggest catalysts of the acapella movement of the sixties and seventies, and will be honored for his success December 12th inside the Council Chambers at City Hall.
"I never looked at it as success," said Krause, 76, of his career in the music industry. "Every record I ever put out was a love, every band I worked with was a love."
It was that self-assurance that led him to a group of Jersey City acapella singers named The Persuasions. Krause arranged a live show for The Persuasions at the State Theater in Journal Square in 1968, for which he would record a live album.
"It was a rainy Tuesday night around final exams time and we still drew a crowd of over 2,000 people," Krause remembers.
Through a friend, the record found its way into the hands of Frank Zappa, who brought the Persuasions under the wing of Reprise Records, which was founded by Frank Sinatra in 1960.
From then on, The Persuasions and Krause's fame grew exponentially. Stan toured all over Europe with the band, even meeting Eva, the woman he would marry, at a show in England.
He would go on to work with many famous acapella groups, including 14 Carat Soul, with whom he appeared on Saturday Night Live with in 1983.
"We made acapella music the sound of Jersey City," said Krause. "From Boston to Baltimore, everybody was listening to it."
December 6, 2014
GRAMMY a cappella nominations
Great news! The Grammy nominations announced today have changed the name of the Best Arrangement award to include a cappella in the title! It is now Number 62. BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA.
How cool is that? And it comes as no surprise to see Pentatonix (along with Ben Bram) being nominated for their arrangement of "Daft Punk" on the PTX Vol 2 release.
And big congratulations to The Martins (pictured above) for the Best Roots Gospel Album nomination for their new release "A Cappella". Other a cappella nominations include New York Polyphony for "Sing Thee Nowell" in Best Small Ensemble Performance and Conspirare for "The Sacred Spirit of Russia" in the Best Choral Performance category.