Now that a cappella is sort of coming to the forefront of the music world, I think people are starting to realize that it’s a well-crafted art form, and not just a cheeseball novelty. That being the case, my hope is that a cappella groups, new and old, will get the recognition they deserve.
Jim had melodies as well as words. He didn’t know how to play a chord on any instrument, but he had melodies in his head. To remember the lyrics he would think of melodies and then they would stay in his head. He had melodies and lyrics in his head, and he would sing them a cappella, and we would eke out the arrangements.
I can play multiple instruments. I love a cappella. I love barbershop. I love magic.
I make sure I sing a cappella to let people know I can sing.
I was already writing poetry, so I transitioned from writing poetry a cappella to writing over beats, and it was way more exciting to me that way.
But even if you’re not a ‘Scrubs’ follower you’ll still have a good time, because all the songs are recognizable and presented in a way that’s unique to The Blanks. We had heard that in some countries a cappella is considered torture, so we wanted to make a show that we’d really want to see as well – so it’s music but it’s also a lot of comedy.
Though I played classical piano since age 5 and sang in a cappella groups, being an artist didn’t seem like something I was talented enough to do full time. So I kind of buried that dream.
When you’re a musician and you come from a singing background, specifically one that focused a lot on a cappella music as I have, it’s just a real joy to be around so many talented people and talented groups who have a passion for what they do.
My high-school a cappella teacher would embarrass me in front of the choir. ‘Mavis, you’re in the basement. Mavis, you’re singing with the boys.’ I said, ‘Mr. Finch, my voice isn’t soprano. I can’t sing up there with the girls.’ So I just got out of the choir.
I played piano back in my elementary school days and I sang a cappella back in college.
When I was 5 years old, I was coming up the stairs, and I saw my mom standing there, singing ‘A Quiet Thing’ a cappella, and it was such a differentiating moment for me. I realized that we are separate from each other – she has dreams and goals.
We sing popular songs and show it can be done a cappella. It’s fun music.
A cappella group names are hard!
We always try to make every song we do sound like a track. It’s vocal, but we want it to be really full so no one really can even know if it’s a cappella. It’s not like it’s missing anything, per se.
And then, I was thinking of doing a record just like starting with voice, because I did this one song that was just kind of a cappella, and I did it for this art piece I did where people could come and play music to go with a voice.
I never thought that I would pursue a cappella music. I went to Yale College and I was going to go into the medical field.
A cappella music has always been around. It’s such an old form.
When you think about choir music, that’s a cappella. You have church choir that you would sing without any instrument. I think the popular form that we have now is barbershop in the 20th century, and the collegiate movement.
Christmas and a cappella – what we learned really, really well is that they go extremely well together.
I know a lot of people think a cappella is this cutesy, kind of novel thing.
Uh, I think so many things have happened in the mainstream that definitely brought awareness and attention to a cappella. The ‘Pitch Perfect’ movies, ‘The Sing-Off’ – I mean, the college a cappella scene definitely has become really hot, which is definitely wonderful.
I felt that a cappella was the improv world with music, where it’s very serious, and there are groups and competition, and some people become famous, and there’s a language we speak from one improviser to another.
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