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A Capella - Hot Music Genre In Films and TV's Sing Off

Updated on February 1, 2015

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.

Kyrie Eleison, a Gregorian Chant. Also the name of a number by Mr. Mister, sung often by University of Oregon's On The Rocks.
Kyrie Eleison, a Gregorian Chant. Also the name of a number by Mr. Mister, sung often by University of Oregon's On The Rocks.

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.

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"

Street Corner Symphony-Golden Classics
Street Corner Symphony-Golden Classics

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

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Fortunately, the show came back to the air in early December 2013.

    • dominiqueus8 profile image

      dominiqueus8 

      7 years ago

      It's interesting to note the sudden attraction to a cappella music America has taken. Being involved in an a cappella group in high school, I've seen how the student body's interest in us has raised since Glee came out. The Sing-off topped it all off; I love when the media promotes true talent!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      A Capella is great and I'm glad it is in a revival of sorts - fantastic music! Perpetuum Jazzle has a Facebook page that is nice ro follow. Have heard th ename Straight No Chaser, so will see if they have a YouTube vid...

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Raylene Wall 

      7 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I LOVE a cappella music - both listening to it and singing it! Have you heard of "Straight No Chaser"? They are fabulous! A new find for me. And Perpetuum Jazzile is a HUGE favorite of mine, too! Nice HUB!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your well written and interesting hub.

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      Susan Kaul 

      7 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I thought this was one of the best shows of the season. I loved every episode and thought they all should have won. Really spectacular entertainment.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      You never fail to amaze me with the magnitude of information you provide in your hubs. This one is no exception.

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      eovery 

      7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I do barbershop, and some of our songs, once in a while turn into the a capella types of music. I love it.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I enjoy all types of music and am also glad to see capella gaining popularity. The Sing Off is a refreshing new show.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I was glad to see a show offer high quality performances and give everybody a chance. A cappella is pretty fascinating. Thanks for reading and comments!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm a big a capella fan, so I'm glad to see it gaining popularity. Great Hub!

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