2018 Worldwide Holiday Special

Behind The Mic filmed its 2018 Worldwide Holiday Special as a pilot project for a future network television broadcast and global distribution.

Hosted by Cheryl Bentyne, the 2018 special featured groups from Slovenia, Denmark, the Philippines, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S.

Our vision is to produce the 2022 Worldwide Christmas Special “fostering global harmony through vocal harmony”.

2018 Worldwide Holiday Special


Behind The Mic is the global resource for choral educators, students, and fans of vocal harmony. The site features video interviews with international artists, educators, and music industry specialists.
 Music and lyrics define who we are as a society, and at Behind The Mic, we view the world through the prism of positive behaviors, attitudes, ambitions, and actions.

The featured vocal groups are of unparalleled quality in a variety of musical genres. The artists represent diverse cultures in a cross-section of our global community, and their music uplifts humanity in the spirit of faith through excellence, generosity, humility, dignity, and honor.

Our mission is two-fold. First, fostering global harmony through vocal harmony, and second, providing the next generation of exceptional vocal groups with a worldwide stage.

2022 Worldwide Christmas Special

The 2022 Worldwide Christmas Special will include two celebrity hosts with performances from  8 international vocal groups representing a diverse cross-section of worldwide cultures. The production will be broadcast over network/public television and distributed to the participating vocal groups' countries. All the vocal groups and Alvin Chea and Bobby McFerrin, have been featured in Behind The Mic video interviews. We are available for consulting on further activities.

2 Celebrity Hosts | 8 International Vocal Groups

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Alvin Chea
Celebrity Host

Bass vocalist with the multi-Grammy-winning gospel/jazz group, Take 6. Chea is the voice behind the Chilli’s “I want my baby back ribs”.



Carrie Underwood
Celebrity Host

Country songwriter and producer who rose to prominence after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.


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Afro Blue
Howard University, Washington D.C.

Led by Howard University vocal director and arranger, Connaitre Miller, Afro Blue is part of the vocal music department curriculum. “An extraordinary ensemble.”

Music Video
His Eye Is On The Sparrow


7th Element

The Orlando-based 7th Element performs gospel/jazz-oriented vocals. Gifted singers that give all the glory to God.

Music Video:
What The World Needs Now Is Love


Amy Grant
Celebrity Host

Christian/Pop crossover singer, songwriter, author, and media personality who has sold over 30 million records worldwide,

Website: https://amygrant.com

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South Korea

The multi-award-winning vocal quintet from South Korea performs jazz, pop, and a variety of other musical genres.

Music Video: “So Alike


The Niskas

The Niska's perform a variety of styles and as members of Five By Design performed with hundreds of orchestras from the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center to the Boston Pops.

Music Video: Silent Night

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The Sao Paulo-based a cappella septet led by Rafaele Carneiro performs original jazz arrangments of Brazilian music.

Music Video: “Bananeira


Bobby McFerrin
Celebrity Host

American folk/jazz vocalist known for innovative vocal improvisation and percussion. McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was the No. 1 song in 1988.



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The Blenders
North Dakota USA

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Music Video: “This Chrismtas

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These fun-loving gentlemen are exceptional vocalists with spot-on harmonies and a sense of humor.

Music Video: Sleigh Ride
 (swinging the song in German)


Accent Vocal
Sweden, France, England
Canada, United States

From five different countries, the members inadvertently met on their YouTube channels and went from “virtual to reality” and now tour the world.

Music Video: “Let It Snow


Alton Accola, artist liaison

Choral Music Director | 10 years

Artist Representative | 29 years
Behind The Mic | 6 years

“Our gift is giving deserving artists the opportunity to achieve their dreams.”

For 29 years, Accola was the talent representative for the big band vocal quintet, Five By Design. The artists performed with hundreds of symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Notable orchestras included the Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and a holiday tour with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

As the founder/artist liaison for Behind The Mic, Accola has filmed interviews with nearly 100 artists, educators, and music industry specialists including Bobby McFerrin, The Hi-Lo’s (Clark Burroughs and Don Shelton), The Lettermen’s Tony Butala, The Manhattan Transfer (Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne), Ben Folds, Home Free (winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off), Take 6’s Alvin Chea, Lee Greenwood (singer/songwriter of  “God Bless The USA”). In addition, we have interviewed international vocal groups from South Korea, the Philippines, Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, India, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.


In 2018, we produced Behind The Mic’s Worldwide Holiday Special hosted by Cheryl Bentyne, of the Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer, and 8 international vocal groups. The YouTube broadcast was produced as 1-hour pilot for a future television special..


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