There are other types of genres in music other than pop, rock or whatever the heck dubstep has become now a days. This fabulous genre happens to be something that I’m obsessed with right now. It’s A cappella. Yes, I said A cappella. Here is a thorough definition of what A cappella is for you:
What is A-cappella?
- A cappella itself in Italian it means “In the manner of the cape”
- A cappella music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is accompanied singing.
A cappella music has been getting more recognition lately. Especially because of a Television competition that specializes in a cappella music only. This show is called “The Sing Off” and if there was a singing competition that I could continuously re-watch seasons of, THIS WOULD BE IT! This competition has many different a cappella groups mostly made up of 4 or more people. Often they will have one or two beat boxers, some altos, sopranos, tenors and maybe a couple basses. Everything about this competition screams a cappella. Even the theme song is sung a cappella. The show started in 2009 but when I started watching it, the show was already on the 4th season. So me being me, I started from the first one.
Season 3 was when I got extremely fascinated with it. There was a group called Pentatonix who actually won on that season. They are a group of 5, which is what “Pent” in their name Pentatonix means. The members consist of:
- Scott Hoying who can sing lead and tenor (@scotthoying)
- Kirstie Maldonado who is soprano/alto (@kirstin_taylor)
- Mitch Grassi who is a high tenor (@mitchgrassi)
- Avi Kaplan who is the bass singer (@Avi_Kaplan)
- Kevin Olusola who is the beat boxer (@KOlusola)
They were so good I re watched their season twice, downloaded all their performances off of iTunes and subscribed to their YouTube channel PTXofficial (Twitter: @PTXofficial). They make a lot of covers that involve some guest artist or mash ups with other songs. Today I would say they are the leader of the a cappella pack. They have 7 albums, been on a world tour and won a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and A Cappella for their “Daft Punk” medley all in a time span of 4 years.
Side note: I went to their concert last year in March and got to be the Chair Girl (when they bring up a girl from the audience and serenade you) then they followed me on twitter to!
Side, side note: I won tickets to go to an Up Close and personal concert on Monday, November 30th 2015 where they remembered that I was the chair girl!
Two of the members, Scott and Mitch, also have their own YouTube channel called Superfruit (Twitter: @SUP3RFRUIT). Sometimes they do their own covers as well. One time they did a medley of Beyoncé’s self-titled album (They are HUGE fans of Beyoncé) and Beyoncé actually saw it and loved it.
“It was so great, I really loved what they did with it. They made it their own!” – Sherlet Trimmingham
If you would like to see more of their wonderful work, check out their albums on iTunes and subscribe to their YouTube channels.
- My photo at the end