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2022

 

SUGGESTED CELEBRITY HOSTS

Amy Grant

Alvin Chea | Take 6

Carrie Underwood

Amy Grant

Alvin Chea | Take 6

Carrie Underwood

INTERNATIONAL VOCAL GROUPS

 

MayTree | South Korea

Accent | Sweden, France, England, Canada, USA

Ordinarius | Brazil

Maybebop | Germany

Spiritu | USA

Afro Blue | USA

Club For Five | Finland

The Aeolians & Jason Max Ferdinand | USA

7th Element | USA

The Blenders | USA

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The Niskas | USA

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2018 Worldwide Holiday Special hosted by Cheryl Bentyne

2022 Worldwide Holiday Special

In 2018, Behind The Mic produced a YouTube Worldwide Holiday Special as a pilot project. The special was hosted by Cheryl Bentyne, soprano for the Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer, featuring vocal groups from Slovenia, the Philippines, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.

Our vision is the production of an internationally televised 2022 Worldwide Holiday Special for network, PBS, or Hallmark television. Hosted by 3 celebrity vocalists, the  2-hour special would be a truly international event featuring 10 of the world’s finest vocal groups.

Behind The Mic’s mission is two-fold. First, fostering global harmony through vocal harmony, and second, providing these extraordinary artists with a worldwide media platform. We are furthering their careers and uplifting humanity in the Spirit of love through diversity, generosity, humility, dignity, and honor.


The vocal groups above are just a sampling of the worldwide talent we've interviewed and discovered through the internet. These are the voices of hope that inspire and it is our hope that you will partner with us in our vision of the 2022 Worldwide Holiday Special to bring the world together in global harmony.

Alton R. Accola, artist liaison
BEHIND THE MIC

 

Alton R. Accola
alton.accola@fivebydesign.comBehind The Mic artist liaison
Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124

+1 651.335.5466

“In my life, I’ve been “blessed to bless.” We are all born with unique talents. Mine is the ability to seek out the musically talenterd, offering them the opportunities to reach their full potential. I thank God for that.”


 

BIO
As the founder and artist liaison for Behind The Mic, Accola has filmed monthly interviews with over 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), Alvin Chea (vocalist with Take 6), Lee Greenwood (songwriter/vocalist of “God Bless The USA).

Accola has also interviewed the next generation of vocal groups from South Korea, the Philippines, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, India, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.

In 2018, Behind The Mic produced the Worldwide Holiday Special hosted by Cheryl Bentyne, soprano for the multi-Grammy winning Manhattan Transfer and 8 international vocal groups. The YouTube 1-hour pilot was produced in consideration for a future network/public television broadcast. Ms. Bentyne closed the holiday concert in a performance of  “Christmas Time Is Here” accompanied by an 8-part vocal arrangement by the 35 singers of the 8 vocal groups.

For 29 years, Accola served as the talent agent for the Minnesota vocal quintet, Five By Design. The artists performed with hundreds of symphony orchestras and performing art centers 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, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and a 2012 holiday tour with the Boston Pops.

In addition, Accola served as a choral educator for 10 years and is a life-long member of
the American Choral Educators Association, an organization serving hundreds of thousands of choral educators with a worldwide reach.

 

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