PRESS RELEASE: JULY 2021
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Global Resource Hits 100
This July, Behind The Mic will celebrate its 100th video interview. The global resource features conversations with celebrity singers, educators, music industry specialists, and the world’s best vocal groups you’ve never heard of.
The site has featured interviews with Bobby McFerrin, The Hi-Lo’s, the multi-Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer, Lee Greenwood, New York Voices, Alvin Chea (Take 6), Jason Max Ferdinand, Jorge Calandrelli (orchestrator to Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble), Home Free (winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off), Ben Folds, Dave Tull (L.A. freelance drummer with Barbra Streisand), Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, along with 29 international vocal groups.
Music and lyrics define who we are as a culture. At Behind The Mic, we view the world through the prism of positive behaviors, attitudes, ambitions, and actions. The vocal groups we’ve interviewed represent cultures in a cross-section of our global community. The next generation of vocal groups uplifts the human spirit through diversity, generosity, dignity, and honor”. See more >
INTERNATIONAL VOCAL GROUPS | The Next Generation
Over the past six years, we’ve searched the world wide web for exceptional vocal groups. These groups have raised the bar on vocal harmony in a variety of genres and styles. We’ve discovered ensembles from South Korea, Slovenia, Denmark, the Philippines, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.
The multi-award-winning vocal quintet from South Korea performs jazz, K-pop, and a variety of other musical genres. Since 1999, the ensemble has included Jang Sang-in,
Kang Soo-kyung, Jeon Sung-hyun, Kim Won-jong, and Lim Soo-yeon.
Music Video: “So Alike”
The Niska's perform a variety of styles and as core members of Five By Design performed with hundreds of orchestras from the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center to a holiday tour with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
Music Video: “That’s Christmas To Me”
The Sao Paulo-based a cappella septet led by Rafaele Carneiro performs original jazz arrangments of Brazilian music. The vocal group consists of Nani Valente, Ana Barreto, Fredson Torres, Cristiano Santos, Rafael Carneiro, and Diego de Jesus.
Music Video: “Bananeira”
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance, Darren Rust, & Allan Rust are The Blenders. Their style is based on vocal harmonies and the group has toured the U.S. with Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Chicago, and The Righteous Brothers, and Lou Rawls.
Music Video: “This Christmas”
These fun-loving gentlemen from Hanover, Germany are exceptional vocalists with spot-on harmonies and an eccentric sense of humor. The group sings predominantly German-language originals; although, it covers pop standards such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Music Video: “Sleigh Ride”
(swinging the song in German)
Swed, France, England, Canada, U.S.
From five different countries, the members inadvertently met on their YouTube channels and went from “virtual to reality” and now tour the world. Accent recently release its “Christmas All The Way” recording backed by the L.A.-based Gordon Goodwin Phat Band.
Music Video: “Let It Snow”
Howard University | Washington DC
Led by Howard University vocal director and arranger, Connaitre Miller, Afro Blue is part of the vocal music department curriculum. “An extraordinary ensemble.”
The Orlando-based 7th Element performs gospel/jazz-oriented vocals, giving glory to God. First, to bring a message of truth to the world through music by creating a smooth inspirational sound with rich harmonies snd second, to inspire young musicians to continue the a capella musical tradition.
“What The World Needs Now Is Love”
Business Casual is a San Francisco vocal quintet whose members work for YouTube, Apple, MedTech, and a marketing firm. Leslie Baker, Roshun Alur, Casandra & Jacob Chamoun, and Michael Whang are extraordinarily talented and creative vocalists.
Music Video: “Feliz Navidad”
ALTON ACCOLA, artist liaison