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Bay Area


About Face

AF is an a cappella quartet whose unique vocal blend and engaging stage presence make this group one of the most sought after acts in the Bay Area. They have been making a name for themselves through appearances on TV and radio, as well as capturing prizes for "Best Original Arrangement", and they were the Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes 1990 Champions. Their varied repertoire includes works by artists such as Sam Cook, the Police and the Jackson 5, in addition to original songs penned by gifted writers Mat and Murray.

Members: Mat Silverman, Murry Orrick, Stan Johnson, Laurie Jones
About Face - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Quartet featuring Mat Silverman, Murry Orrick, Stan Johnson, Laurie Jones

Banned

Mona, Martin, Mel and Vern, veterans of Corner Market, 1993 Bay Area Regional Second Place winners, are joined by Elisa Smith, to create the rockin' hot sounds of The Banned. With five of the best solo vocalists/composers/arrangers/recording artists from the South Bay and beyond, this sensational new a cappella machine will fire you up and melt you down with its incendiary, percussive arrangements of pop-rock originals and cover tunes.

Members: Mona Dena, Martin Puryear, Mel McMurrin, Vern Smith, Elisa Smith
Banned - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Quintet featuring Mona Dena, Martin Puryear, Mel McMurrin, Vern Smith, Elisa Smith

Boyz Nite Out

No Instruments? No Problem! Specializing in cover, pop and rockin' upbeat music, this high energy group combines all-vocal drums, guitars, and horns with smooth 5-part harmony to make you think there's an entire band on stage!

For over 14 years, Boyz Nite Out has traveled throughout the world appearing at major festivals, corporate events and private performances. The group has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, ELO, Jay Leno, Kool & the Gang and Michael MacDonald and has released 3 full length CD projects selling over 20,000 copies in the United States and Japan.

Members: Mark Baldi, Tom Griffin, Bill Craig, Tony Ridenour, Dave Innes
Boyz Nite Out - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quintet from San Francisco, CA featuring Mark Baldi, Tom Griffin, Bill Craig, Tony Ridenour, Dave Innes

The G-Notes

TGN, are brothers and sisters who began singing together 3 years ago because they were "bored". Due to the favorable responses received whenever they performed, they have decided to give this singing thing a try and let it take them as far as their talents will carry them.

Members: Shannon Garth, Gariel Garth, Lathanyo Garth, Larenzo Garth
G-Notes - Mixed Christian A Cappella Quartet featuring Shannon Garth, Gariel Garth, Lathanyo Garth, Larenzo Garth

The Harmonic Convergents

Some thought they died in a bizarre gardening accident. Some thought they were stranded in a Turkish prison. But NO! The Harmonic Convergents are back! No Turkish prison. No accident. Just new outfits, new pets and a new album, "Plugged". You might recognize the Convergents from their appearance on World News Tonight after they won the Star Spangled Banner competition hosted by the Oakland A's in 1992. (Then again, you might not!). The Convergents boast an eclectic mix of material ranging from Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody to Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera.

Members: Jon Spencer, Suszi Lurie, Hal Brunette, Keith Barlow, Kara Broderick
Harmonic Convergents - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quintet featuring Jon Spencer, Suszi Lurie, Hal Brunette, Keith Barlow, Kara Broderick

Johnny Vocal

A hot new a cappella group drawn from such Bay Area institutions as The Flips, The Del Becks and Max's Opera Cafe. In addition to entertaining audiences up and down the coast, JV has been featured in radio jingles, promotional videos and at corporate functions. Each member has a distinctive solo style, and together, they are one voice - creative in its inspiration and powerful in its execution. From Harrah's to Candlestick, from the World Trade Club to countless 16th birthday parties (each one is a special event!), they've unleashed a groovy style of a cappella which doesn't rely on tricks or fads--just precise, heartfelt song.

Members: Brad Hopper, Kirk Livingston, Jacques Pryor, Tom Tucker
Johnny Vocal - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quartet featuring Brad Hopper, Kirk Livingston, Jacques Pryor, Tom Tucker

Mary Schmary

Mary Schmary are like a group of irrepressible friends: they are zany, infectious, and full of energy, and sometimes they drive you up the wall.

Hidden Agenda Items is an album that puns twill and tuille, sings about Babar the Elephant and parodies Peter, Paul and Mary by singing If I Had a Hamster. It combines moments of sweet music and true originality (Bug Girl) with an overdose of vocal takes, laughing-in-the-studio tracks and almost funny riffs. I bet they were funny if you were there, or part of a good-natured, drunken late-night collective. But before midnight, sober listeners end up missing out.



Members: Cynsa Bonorris, Myriam Casimir, Marie DesJardins, Michelle Long
Mary Schmary - Female Contemporary A Cappella Quartet from San Francisco, CA featuring Cynsa Bonorris, Myriam Casimir, Marie DesJardins, Michelle Long

Screaming Divas

Screaming Divas are: humorous feminine, ambitious, wary of categorization, in love with various men, incessantly dramatic, fashion conscious and well-accessorized, motivated by fear, indulgent in fabulous hair products, strange, exceedingly entertaining and they all have big feet. Oh, yeah, they can sing, too!

Members: Mary Ann Boyd, Pamela Nissley, Danielle Nice, Lilli Oldfield, Tina Osinski
Screaming Divas - Female Contemporary A Cappella Quintet featuring Mary Ann Boyd, Pamela Nissley, Danielle Nice, Lilli Oldfield, Tina Osinski

Syrens

The Syrens are an all-female a cappella quartet based in the Bay Area. Its members are all currently music students at SFSU. This eclectic mix brings together a dynamic range of vocal styles, incorporating concise, horn-like harmonies, percussive textures, combined with soulful leads by each member. The Syrens perform a versatile and unique set of original composers combining soul, pop and jazz. Members include: Jessica Grace, Jenni Little, Christy Winn, Karina Schwartz.

Members: Jessica Grace, Jenni Little, Christy Winn, Karina Schwartz
Syrens  - Female World A Cappella Quartet featuring Jessica Grace, Jenni Little, Christy Winn, Karina Schwartz

Vocal Underground

"A cappellafunksoulrockingospeljazz" is the only word that describes the VU, short of "amazing". Since 1992 this 6 person vocal ensemble has seamlessly blended their individual voices to create the unique sounds that set them apart from all other vocal groups. The diversity of the singers is immediately apparent just by looking over their song list. It features contemporary tunes and familiar favorites with a new twist. By the end of each set, you have been taken on a musical journey. Members include: Paul Culala, Brady Fishler, Sally Jackels, Andrew Smith, Amy Williams, Marcia VanDerVinne.

Members: Paul Culala, Brady Fishler, Sally Jackels, Andrew Smith, Amy Williams, Marcia VanDerVinne
Vocal Underground - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Sextet featuring Paul Culala, Brady Fishler, Sally Jackels, Andrew Smith, Amy Williams, Marcia VanDerVinne

Vocolot

Vocolot takes its name from the English word "vocal" and the Hebrew word "kolot" meaning voices. Since 1988, they have been performing for audiences across the United States in English and Hebrew, with a sprinkling of Yiddish, Latino, Arabic and American Sign Languages. Vocolot draws upon ancient and contemporary sources that evoke the power of centuries of women's repertoire, primarily composed by Linda Hirschhorn, and mixes traditional modes with Folk, Jazz and Classical idioms to create an innovative sound. They are a California Arts Council Touring Artist and perform internationally, uplifting and enthralling audiences of all ages with songs of celebration, community and Jewish heritage.

Members: Linda Hirschhorn, Rosalino Glazer, Ellen Robinson, Abbe Lyons, Naomi Winniwarter
Vocolot - Female World A Cappella Quintet from Berkeley, CA featuring Linda Hirschhorn, Rosalino Glazer, Ellen Robinson, Abbe Lyons, Naomi Winniwarter

Boston


Big City Fish



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Big City Fish - Male Contemporary A Cappella Sextet featuring , , , , ,

Copley Square



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Copley Square - A Cappella Sextet featuring

Five oíClock Shadow

Five O'Clock Shadow, the all-vocal rock band from Boston, is living proof that a band without instruments can still rock! Using the same tech wizardry that guitarists have been using since the dawn of rock, Dan, Oren, Paul, and Caleb morph their voices into shredding guitar riffs and soaring solos right before your very ears. Meanwhile, their one-man vocal rhythm section, Stack, lays down his "beatbass": mouth beats and vocal bass thundering forth from his face, both at the same time! Yet when you take away all the speakers, amps, and microphones, these guys are still singers right down to the soul!

Also known as "FOCS", Five O'Clock Shadow has vocally rocked audiences of all ages throughout the US and Japan, and in every kind of venue. Through their educational program FOCS has presented workshops and concerts to thousands of music students from coast to coast.

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 - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quintet from Boston, MA featuring , , , ,

Rhythm Ní Blue



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 - Female Barbershop A Cappella Quartet featuring , , ,

Think Twice



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Think Twice - A Cappella Quartet featuring

Vox One

Vox One is an award-winning a cappella jazz quintet that combines elements of blues, funk, gospel, and folk into their own brand of vocal music, which is "most adventurous and distinctive." - San Francisco Examiner. The group, formed in 1988, has since developed a unique style considered to be the cutting edge of a cappella. "This jazz quintet puts all kinds of throat sounds to such funky good use that listeners break into applause and - better - feel like dancing." - Boston Magazine.

Vox One has performed internationally, and has opened for Ray Charles, Chicago, the Persuasions, the Bobs, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The group earns wide acclaim for their performances and CDs. Their awards include "Best A cappella Group, Jazz" - Boston Magazine. Vox One's eponymous debut CD was named "Best Album" and awarded "Best Song" by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA): "Creative arrangements and soulful spark... fabulous lead vocalists, and exquisite blend, a great vocal percussion sound, and lots of class." Their second US release "Out There," won "Album of the Year," "Best Jazz Song," and "Best R&B song" by CASA. "...as defining an album for vocal jazz as Singers Unlimited "A Capella" and Take 6's debut album...it's that good." - Primarily A Cappella. With their 1998 album "Chameleon," Vox One was named "Artist of the Year," and once again it earned "Best Jazz Album" and "Best Jazz Song."

Members: Tom Baskett, Jodi Jenkins, Yumiko Matsuoka, Paul Pampinella, Paul Stiller
Vox One - Mixed Vocal Jazz A Cappella Quintet from Boston, MA featuring Tom Baskett, Jodi Jenkins, Yumiko Matsuoka, Paul Pampinella, Paul Stiller

White Noise



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White Noise - A Cappella Quintet featuring

Chicago


Blind Manís Bluff

Bluff rock is vocal rock - more than vocal. more than rock. aggressive. dirty. human. texture that tingles. both familiar and surprisingly unique. gritty but not grating. edgy but not hard edged. a sound you've never heard before. unquestionably modern. undeniably rock. rich. dark. driving. enticingly organic. depth without pretention. no holds barred and widely appealing. what you're waiting for - believe your ears.

Members: Bryan Chadima, Marc Lionetti, Jonathan Minkoff, Nik Volgenau
 - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quartet from Chicago, IL featuring Bryan Chadima, Marc Lionetti, Jonathan Minkoff, Nik Volgenau

Los Angeles


Alley Cats

By bringing their own contemporary style to tunes from the 1950s and 60s, The Alley Cats appeal to fans of all ages, breathing new life into everyone's favorite doo-wop classics. The four members of The Alley Cats are a perfect blend both vocally and personally. More than a decade after they began, Royce Reynolds, whose solid bass vocals create the Cats' musical foundation, and Mando Fonseca, the second tenor always ready with a pun or quick quip, have the ease of familiarity which make their camaraderie and vocal play radiate from the stage. Baritone Sean Devine, whose smooth vocals melt hearts the world over, and newest member Juan Del Castillo, re-creator of all of those soaring 50s first tenor lines, bring their freshness and talent to an already solid foundation of a cappella tradition. Together they are truly the Cat's meow!

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Alley Cats - Male Doo Wop A Cappella Quartet from Los Angeles, CA featuring , , ,

Beachfront Property

"Beachfront" is not a piece of real estate along the ocean, but it is a hot property nonetheless. Described as sounding like "Manhattan Transfer" meets "Take 6," their smooth singing style combines the rich sounds of jazz with the fun and energy of pop music. They have shared the stage with Mel Torme, "The Four Freshman," "The Hi-los," Kenny Rankin, Crystal Lewis, "The Brothers Four" and "Emerson, Lake & Palmer." The success of Beachfront Property is found not only in a successful blending of harmonies, but in a blending of personalities.

"Not everyone can sing in a group like this," says Tom Dustman, Beachfront's artistic director and bass vocalist. "It takes a special person to give, and give, and give." The object is to entertain while also preserving some of America's most beloved classics, he says. "No one person is the star." Achieving this feat takes a great deal of effort and a lot of self-control, as the key is to blend the voices. Beachfront's four-part blend is spun out in seemingly effortless fashion creating mellow and exciting, woven-together-like-cloth chords that treat the listener to arrangements of familiar songs with a whole new sound.

Members: Michelle Caroll, Stan Castongia, Jennifer Dustman, Tom Dustman, Bill Mumaw, Jill Mumaw, Alyce Ohl
Beachfront Property - Mixed Vocal Jazz A Cappella Septet from Los Angeles, CA featuring Michelle Caroll, Stan Castongia, Jennifer Dustman, Tom Dustman, Bill Mumaw, Jill Mumaw, Alyce Ohl

Flawless



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Flawless - A Cappella Septet featuring

Jumblebee Jive



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Jumblebee Jive - A Cappella Septet featuring

Kaleidoscope



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Kaleidoscope - A Cappella Septet featuring

Quintissentials



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Mid-Atlantic


Da Vinciís Notebook

Da Vinci's Notebook, Washington, D.C.'s award-winning a cappella quartet, takes four part harmony and stands it on its ear. Described as "Bobby McFerrin and 'Weird Al' Yankovic colliding on stage," their tight vocal blend, infectious humor, and madcap antics have made them a favorite on stages and at festivals throughout the country. Since the group's founding in 1993, their eclectic blend of a cappella harmony - a fusion of doo-wop, jazz, bluegrass, calypso, opera, and rock - has evolved into a unique show that the Washington Post called "exuberance...crashing off the walls!"

The quartet has appeared at music clubs and fine arts series throughout the East Coast, including the Bitter End, the Birchmere, the Barns of Wolf Trap, and the Kennedy Center. Equally at home in front of large crowds, they have also performed at Birmingham's City Stages, the Taste of D.C., the Fairfax Fair, and dozens of other festivals. Internationally, they have toured France and the Caribbean. Winners of the 1997 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, Da Vinci's Notebook has been featured on NBC's Today Show, on Comedy Central, in the Washington Post and Washington City Paper, and are frequent guests on local radio stations.

Members: Paul Sabourin, Richard Hsu, Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, Bernie Muller-Thym
 - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quartet from Washington DC, VA featuring Paul Sabourin, Richard Hsu, Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, Bernie Muller-Thym

Just Us



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Just Us - A Cappella Quartet featuring

Things To Come

This group is comprised of four men who grew up together and have been singing together for over 20 years. Three of the members began harmonizing in the high school cafeteria--never for a moment visualizing anything more than just "doo-woppin", they have weathered many a storm and embarked on wonderful journey of music, friendship and life. In 1974, the fourth member joined the fold and they began performing at clubs such as Copacabana and at Brooklyn Academy of Music. They have recorded at Mediasound, Fist-o-Funk, Bolognese and other studios. Their first love, a cappella, is their forte. Without instrumental distraction, friendship and warmth permeate their performances-- infecting their audiences with rich harmonies, humor and a love song. To hear them is to love them!

Members: Alfred Crowd, Daryl Miller, Gene Minor, Ronald Simmons
Things To Come - Male Doo Wop A Cappella Quartet featuring Alfred Crowd, Daryl Miller, Gene Minor, Ronald Simmons

Tone Rangers

This award-winning Washington D.C.-based vocal group is celebrating their 25th anniversary delighting audiences from coast to coast with its dynamic blend of tight harmonies, inventive arrangements and keen wit. In a few choreographed minutes, the Tone Rangers propel through 900 years of Western music--from Gregorian chant to classic rock to TV theme songs--in a fresh approach to contemporary a cappella music and comedy.

Nominated for seven Wammies by the Washington Area Music Association in the past four years, the Tone Rangers were voted the Best A Cappella Group four consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and even won Best A Cappella Recording in 2007! They were also national finalists in the 2002 Harmony Sweepstakes (the Superbowl of a cappella), and three-time winners of Mid-Atlantic "Audience Favorite" and "Best Arrangement" awards. To listen, go our MySpace page.

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Tone Rangers - Male Contemporary A Cappella Septet from Washington DC, DC featuring , , , , , ,

New York


A Perfect Blend

Gibson Trowery formed APB in 1990 after singing with his wife Katrina for 7 years in another group. This group has been featured on Harvy Holiday's Street Corner Sunday on WOGL and Music Fair, on Saturday Tribune (KYW-TV) and Electric Factory Concerts A Cappella Festival. Philadelphia Magazine voted APB Best Soul Group in the 1993 Best of Philly Awards.

Members: Stephen Clement, Van Fields, Gibson Trowery, Katrina Trowery, Gary Williams
A Perfect Blend - Mixed Doo Wop A Cappella Quintet from Philadelphia featuring Stephen Clement, Van Fields, Gibson Trowery, Katrina Trowery, Gary Williams

Pacific Northwest


The Coats

The Coats vocal band started on the street corners of Seattle, Washington's famous Pike Place Market. Singing for tourists, locals, fish vendors, and fellow buskers, their humble ambitions of earning a few clams to fight off the tuition bills quickly evolved into a full-time international performance career. They've since won national vocal competitions, sang for the President of the United States, and have been fortunate enough to share the stage with such talented fellow entertainers as Ronnie Milsap, Trisha Yearwood, Montgomery Gentry, The Beach Boys, Tanya Tucker, Billy Dean, Crystal Gayle, and Colin Ray, just to name a few, all while continuing their tradition of outreach performances and workshops supporting music in schools throughout the northwest.

Members: Kerry Dahlen, Jamie Dieveney, Joe Mele, Doug Wisness
Coats - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Quartet from Seattle, WA featuring Kerry Dahlen, Jamie Dieveney, Joe Mele, Doug Wisness

Rocky Mountain


Charm School Dropouts



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Charm School Dropouts - Female Contemporary A Cappella Trio featuring , ,

Cool Shooz



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Cool Shooz - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quintet featuring , , , ,

The Diners

Formed five and a half years ago, The Diners have become one of the busiest groups in Denver and the region, playing at a variety of local nightclubs, private and corporate functions. In recent years they were featured on CBS This Morning, opened for Ray Charles, represented Denver at the 1991 Harmony Sweepstakes Finals and released their CD-- Open All Night. After this year's competition, The Diners will return to the studio for release #2.

Members: Doug Wisness, Paul Collier, Jeff King, Tom Price, Chris Rhodes
Diners - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quintet featuring Doug Wisness, Paul Collier, Jeff King, Tom Price, Chris Rhodes

Distinction



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Distinction - Female A Cappella Quartet featuring , , ,

Et Cetera



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Et Cetera - Mixed Vocal Jazz A Cappella Septet featuring , , , , , ,

Exact Change



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Exact Change - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Quintet featuring , , , ,

Neighbors



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Neighbors - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quartet featuring , , ,

Silk Threads



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Silk Threads - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quartet featuring , , ,

Zero Degrees



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Zero Degrees - Male A Cappella Quintet featuring , , , ,




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