nunnabove

Topics
1. Music education (classroom, private, self-taught)
2. Whom do you listen to? What inspires you?
     Do you listen to a variety of genres (classical, jazz, country, old school r&b, folk)?

3.  nunnabove (who initiated the group, is there a leader, how does the group operate)

4. Influencers: Karl Demer (Atomic K),  The Steeles, Sounds of Blackness, AGT (Simon Cowell)
5. What does nunnabove represent? Personal beliefs... music, beliefs, goals.
6. What does "fame is fleeting” mean to you? Importance of education?
7.  Mom and Dad Nunn? Tell me a bit about how they inspire you.
8. Close with Thank-You's.

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Listening
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Maytree
South Korea

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

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7th Element
Florida

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.

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The Blenders
Minnesota

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
Soul Tour

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Business Casual
California

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

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Afro Blue
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.”

Music Video 

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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The Aeolians
Alabama

The Aeolians are a vocal ensemble based on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, Their conductor is Jason Max Ferdinand.

Music Video: “Hold On

Suggestions
1. Sibling Harmony: Children of families which sing have a unique quality of blending their voices. You all have strong voices. Experiment with lush vocal harmonies It will set you apart from other groups.

2. You are very capable musicians with guitar, keyboard, and percussion. Be aware when you are accompanying a lead vocalist play at a volume that will showcase the singer and any vocal back-up. In your shows, surprise the audience with one a cappella selection with all members of Nunnabove out front. You will stun the audience with your vocal prowess. 

3. Listen to other artists. Include one old-school r&b musical selection (Marvin, Smokey, Aretha, Gladys, Stevie). While the audience always appreciates your "sound", pay tribute to the artists that led the way. Even a 1940s selection from The Inkspots, Mills Brothers, or The Four Vagabonds (“Duke of Dubuque”).   These are tid-bits you can add to break-up your shows. It’s like taking a refreshing breath mint!

4. Always remember your mom and dad as the most important people in your life and seek their advice.

5. Fame is a fleeting thing. The relationship with the members of your family is so important.

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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..