Vocal Point was originally founded in 1969 as an ensemble of 12 women accompanied by a piano, simply called 'Women's Ensemble'. Gradually, the group began performing more songs without accompaniment, and by the early 1980's the group was fully transformed into the all-female a cappella group that Vocal Point is known as today.
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Vocal Point: Grand Slam
Since its founding in 1991 by two BYU students, the 8 to 9 men group has gone through many changes of personnel and otherwise (opening twice for Rockapella!). From 1994 to 2001 the group was directed by Jim Anglesey, "Slam" represents his final effort with VP before moving on professionally. Jim's love was watching the group grow as goodwill ambassadors for BYU, the LDS Church, and for a cappella singing, routinely going to schools to teach vocal workshops wherever they'd go, for instance. 13 spirited (sometimes even manic), funny, amazing songs: some favorites: Weird Al Yankovic's painful "Since You've Been Gone/One More Minute," "Breakfast at Denny's," a spot-on parody of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (and what the title is referring to, get it?) "Pennies from Heaven," "I'll Be," "Love One Another," "The Cup of Life," a bluesy "Summertime," and the inspirational "In The First Light." Excellent, and recommended!
Vocal Point: Instruments Not Included
Shortly after the release date of Vocal Point's debut CD in the fall of 1993, it became clear that there was huge interest, as "instruments not included" became a runaway best-seller. The nine-man a cappella ensemble features a repertoire here that ranges from a tribute to the Swingles, "Bach's Fugue in D Minor," the doo-wop standard "Drip Drop," Gershwin's classic "Summertime" and Terrence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name" to U2's "With Or Without You" and the Scottish folk song "Scottish Spring." Originally produced by the group, this album joined the Tantara catalog when Vocal Point became a program of the BYU School of Music and signed on with Tantara. 19 songs: a silly rap takeoff on children's rhymes in "Child's Play," a jazzy "Paper Moon," the sweet "E'en So, Lord Jesus," the updated sea shanty "Hey Ho, Away We Go," the salsa-flavored "Brrlak!," "instruments" continually surprises. Fresh, fun, energetic, often manic contemporary a cappella from never-boring Vocal Point!
Vocal Point: Lead Now Me On: Hymns and Inspiration
Referred to by some as "an optical illusion for your ears," BYU Vocal Point's inventive style, innovative arrangements, and incredible vocal percussion continue to wow audiences worldwide. They have performed before millions on national television (on NBC's The Sing-Off) and in concerts across the country. While Vocal Point mostly showcases popular songs from yesterday and today in their concerts, the group always includes hymns and inspirational songs as part of their shows. Now for the first time, the music Vocal Point uses to give praise and express their faith is featured exclusively on its own CD.
Vocal Point: Maximum A Cappella
Brigham Young University's premiere 9-man a cappella ensemble, Vocal Point is known for their solid vocal percussion, innovative arrangements and pure vocal firepower. "Back in Blue," the group's eighth album, is a collection of 16 sixteen well-chosen covers. Some favorites are Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," Earth, Wind & Fire's anthem "September," Hairspray's very funny "Nicest Kids in Town," Sesame Street's "Telephone Opera" complete with hilarious new words, "Game Day," a tribute to popular sports songs, a wonderful arrangement of Josh Groban's "Remember When It Rained," Huey Lewis & The News' "Hip to Be Square." and James Stevens' a cappella arrangement of the powerful, beautiful "Lead, Kindly Light." VP has a fresh, spirited, bright sound that animates these songs and draws us in every time. "Back in Blue" is great Collegiate entertainment and a stone winner!
Vocal Point: Mouthing Off
A 9-man group from Provo, UT, Vocal Point is one of the brightest lights in Contemporary Collegiate a cappella, and "Mouthing" is their 3rd excellent CD on Tantara Records. 14 songs are here, featuring solid and innovative vocal percussion and daring arrangements-just listen to "Bittersweet Treat, written by group member Peter Hansen, who also sings lead. Other favorites are the country-western classic "Sold (The Grundy Co. Auction Incident)," Seal's "Kiss From A Rose," the hilarious "MotorTab," which features a K-Tel "hits from the 60s and 70s" ad, as sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Axl Rose's "Sweet Child of Mine," "Carry On My Wayward Son," and the traditional Gospel hymn "Precious Lord I Love, Power, Grace." "Mouthing Off" is big fun, energetic, powerful entertainment from the first cut to the last!
Vocal Point: Nonstop
Formed by two BYU students in 1991 in the traditional college glee club format, 9-man Vocal Point discovered a huge interest in their high-energy, wonderfully-arranged covers. "Nonstop" features recordings by 3 different configurations of the group, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Photos of those groups are in the full-color liner notes, where founders Bob Ahlander and Dave Boyce also describe watching their creation win the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella at the Lincoln Center in NYC in April of 2006, an inspiring and moving story. The 16 high-energy cuts begin with a rousing a cappella rendition of the THX/20th Century Fox fanfare, "Spider-Man Theme," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing," a very fine "Sunshine Medley" ("Walkin' on Sunshine," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Let the Sunshine In"), Robert Allen and Al Stillman's 50s harmonic gem "No Not Much," Marc Broussard's Southern-fried foot-stomper "Home," Garth Brooks' beautiful, touching "When You Come Back to Me Again," Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and the final cut, traditional hymn "Nearer My God to Thee." Solid vocal percussion, fine arranging, strong harmonies, powerful leads (especially Michael Buble on "Home")--it all adds up to great entertainment from one of our favorite collegiate ensembles!
Vocal Point: Standing Room Only
In 2001 Bob Ahlander, one of Vocal Point's founding members (in 1991) returned to BYU as faculty director of Vocal Point, directing the group in performances at several venues at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, to the semifinals at the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella," and wowed the audience at the 13rd Annual A Cappella Summit in San Rafael. "Standing Room Only" is a polished, confident CD for this 9-man collegiate group, of 15 beautifully arranged pieces in different musical styles. From Contemporary pop (Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe," Phil Collins' "Strangers Like Me," Eve 6's "Promise"), to Classic Pop ("Runaround Sue," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Ain't No Sunshine"), to Contemporary Christian ("He Is Born," "Primarily Vocal Point" Medley), to Bluegrass ("O Brother, Where Art Thou? Medley") to traditional Gospel ("Be Still, My Soul," and the bonus track "12 Days of Christmas"), this is all bright, spirited, fun music. These guys are amazing live, and it shows bigtime on "Standing!"