A Capella - Hot Music Genre In Films and TV's Sing Off
Love Shack in a Capella
Even the Losers are Winners
I think this was the most fun and entertaining number performed on this year's The Sing Off, with the exception of On The Rock's fantastic Bad Romance.
Only 6 months old at the start fo the season, The Backbeats combined forces from several colleges with some astounding results. A lot of buzz on the Internet is asking why Courtney the beatbox specialist was being highlighted so much and so often on the show and on YouTube "how to beatbox" vids.
Something must be up and it's exciting to speculate. Lead singer Joanna should have her own recording contract as well and Kenton is a real character that has real musical talent and determination. I hope they go on tour.
When practiced a Capella groups performs, you would swear that you could hear musical instruments along with the voices.
Music Revives America
Season 2 of the reality show The Sing Off on NBC has brought high quality a Capella music entertainment, offered a range of talent within the genre, and boosted the consumer use of recorded music via CD and iTunes. Not only has it provided entertainment, but given recognition to beginning and veteran singing groups and boosted the nations economy.
In a nation in which the arts and music are cut from middle and high schools in cost-savings initiatives, The Sing Off has brought music back into America's living rooms and persuaded those that were not consistent music listeners to take up the hobby. The show has also brought back 1960s-era recording artists with new music to share.
A New Christmas Tradition
Personally, I found that this 5-episode musical event was an ideal Christmas gift to me, not only as a reviewer but as a person that needs to have music in her life more often. Music is expressive, healing, and regenerative. It is many things, but it is emotional, and the stars and competing groups displayed a range of emotions that many viewers and listeners enjoyed.
Even the DEAF enjoy music, evidenced by concerts for the deaf in which they remove their shoes in order to hear the music via vibrations entering their feet. During some of these concerts, a signer (ASL) for the audience was so lyrical in movement that I became unaware of the music and caught up in the "song" of the gestures.
The best part of The Sing Off Season 2 was the inclusion of such a diverse array of talent in the competition - from the renown Yale Whiffenpoofs to UO's On The Rocks, to a Gospel group, Southern Rock, a group of 40-year veterans, a high school group from Kettering, Ohio, and a group just started 6 months before show time. In a nation that still often fobs off high schoolers, Southerners, Blacks, Asians, Christians, and Senior Citizens, this was a Christmas Miracle. A DVD of the entire season would make a top notch gift.
Who won the $100.000 prize and 1-year recording contract? - The Gospel group, Committed.
The Sing Off - America's a Capella Show
Competitors and Their Home Towns
- Eugene Oregon - Home of ON THE ROCKS - Video
Downtown Eugene, Oregon Eugene, Oregon experienced an influx of interestest when their University of Oregon men's a cappella choral group On The Rocks did well in national competition for 2010. They went on to...
Jerry lawson - House of the Rising Sun
Jerry Lawson - Back from the 1960s
Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman asked Jerry Lawson how his group turned House of the Rising Sun into a Gospel number. Interent chatter has been that Jerry Lawson's and Talk of the Town's performance recalled the work The Blind Boys of Alabama. I agree with that review and I live many of the Blind Boys' numbers. In fact, I enjoy their rendition of Run On, but love Elvis's version as well - two different both great.
On a long drive on business or vacation, I can stay energized by playing Run On and On The Rocks' version of Bad Romance. House of the Rising Sun would make a great entry into that playlist, along with some, of my favorite electronic music.
This season of The Sing Off was especially enjoyable, because we did not have to tune into PBS telethons to hear 15-year-old videos of Mo-Town groups. Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town are still actve and on tour. Their finale performance with Nicole Scherzinger for Ain’t No Mountain High Enough was particularly classy enough for Carnegie Hall. It was artistic and balanced, showing off each singer and the duet of Jerry and Nicole. More good music like this would be a blessing.
"Street Corner Symphony"
This is an album by Jerry Lawson's former/retired group The Persuasions. The album name turned up as the name of one of the other groups in The Sing Off.
Committed - HOLD MY HAND (by Michael Jackson and Akon)
Committed - Gospel from Florida and Alabama
Judges and audience seemed continually amazed at the performance and musical skills of Committed. But then, may famous singers have come from a Gospel singing background. Some critics deemed Hold My Hand a controversial song choice for the group on the live finale, but it was met with enthusiam. Anything they touch is turning to miracles of harmony.
Eleventh Hour acapella group from Fairmont High School in Kettering Ohio
Additional Work On Music Groups
- Hip-Hop? Not! - World Choir Games 2012 in Cincinnati...
Acapella Music is increasingly popular in the world and it tackles all styles of music. By the time the 2012 Cincinnati World Choir Games arrive, we might be hearing some Hip-Hop in the competition.
- Joyful Noise - Big Name Film that Popularizes Gospel...
Joyful Noise is an entertaining family film that causes us to look up choir competitions - like the 2012 Cincinnati World Championship and the Verizon How Sweet the Sound contest. Someone once asked if Gospel is a popular music genre and it must be,
- Pitch Perfect (2012) - College A Capella Film
Directed by Jason Moore. With Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp. Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group.