Perfect Forth

The Scottish a cappella ensemble, Perfect Forth, has put together a digital show that’s premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 20th and 27th. Rachael sits down with this group of collegiate a cappella graduates with musical theatre values to talk about the inspiration for the show, how they managed to put it together during lock-down, and what’s coming up for the group.

Learn more about the show at https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/perfect-forth-lost-and-found

Listen to the group’s music at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4CdlkcA037vSNyZ4njsXGw

Learn more about the group at https://www.facebook.com/PerfectForth

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Fundamentally Sound

What do you do during summer break during a pandemic? If you’re Fundamentally Sound, you release an EP! Rachael sits down with the group to talk about Suspended, what made now the right time to release the music, and their upcoming joint single with Pitches and Notes, another group on campus.

Check out the EP here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6Y7zAYV8au2zawhhIsJm6k

Learn more about the group here: https://uwfundamentallysound.com/

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Squad Harmonix

Squad Harmonix is at it again! This time, they’ve released a truly fabulous rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” in honor of Pride and as a fundraiser for The Trevor Project. They have amazing cameos from members of the a cappella and LGBTQ+ communities. Rachael sits down with members of the group and their director Laura Saggers to talk about this incredible passion project.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq0pzoharVU

Support the group’s fundraising efforts here: https://give.thetrevorproject.org/fundraiser/3302464

Learn more about the group here: https://www.squadharmonix.com/

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J.D. Frizzell and OneVoice

J.D. Frizzell, noted arranger, director of OneVoice, and founder of the NAAC festival, sits down with Rachael to talk about OneVoice’s latest release, Underground, plus shares details regarding the group’s July 8th show, in addition to talking about what’s coming up for NACC.

Watch “Underground” here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3030217833880795

Learn more about OneVoice here: https://briarcrestonevoice.com/

Learn more about NAAC here: https://www.facebook.com/NatAcaCon/

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All Sharps

University of Bristol’s oldest mixed auditioned group, the All Sharps, have released a new tune, Dance Monkey! Rachael sits down with the group’s music directors and arrange to chat about this fun bop and the EP the group is working towards.

Check out the tune here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v069X-ndonc

Support the EP here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/all-sharps-ep-2021

Learn more about the group here: https://www.facebook.com/AllSharps

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Black Forest Voices 2021

Black Forest Voices is an annual vocal festival that takes place in the scenic Kirchzarten, Germany in the courtyard of Talvogtei. This magical festival is a collection of workshops and concerts led by such notables in the a cappella community as Kevin Fox (The Swingles, Cadence), Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), and Peder Karlsson (The Real Group). Amanda sits down for incredible interviews with these folks and more in a special episode focused on the festival. You won’t want to miss it!

To learn more about the festival or purchase tickets, go to: https://blackforestvoices.com.

Visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/blackforestvoices.

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The Pennchants

The boys from The Pennchants are back at it with their second Summer Series benefiting Philabundance, continuing their fight against the worsening hunger crisis in Greater Philadelphia and across America. These incredible musicians put together an impressive amount of new music during the pandemic, which they plan to release soon, so be on the lookout. Tune in to hear all about their recent and upcoming endeavors!

Learn more about the group here: https://www.pennchants.com/

Listen and watch their music videos here: http://youtube.com/thepennchants

And support the group by donating to Philabundance here: https://secure.philabundance.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app317b?df_id=6399&6399.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=AF82AE541E7102A9588AB3409A2F3569

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Fifth Street

Fifth Street is a vocal quintet based in Victoria, BC. Its five members – Natasha Penfield, Jilaine Orton, Ryan Narciso, Kenji Lee and Taylor Caswell – met at the University of Victoria’s School of Music and formed the group out of a desire to make music together and continue growing as artists. Inspired by a capella powerhouses such as Pentatonix, The Real Group and M-Pact, Fifth Street combines the worlds of pop, jazz and R&B in five-part harmony.

Rachael sat down with three of the members to talk about some of their newest music, what the group has been doing during lockdown, and what’s coming up for the band over the summer!

Check out all the music featured in this episode on the group’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs8BFqzNAaxKK5LQJV8iBJQ.

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WIBI A Cappella

WIBI A Cappella is an innovative contemporary a cappella ensemble founded in 1988 at York University. WIBI is the longest-running collegiate a cappella group in Canada, and in 2018, the group celebrated their 30th anniversary! Rachael sits down with the group to talk about their upcoming full length EP.

You can listen to Greedy for Your Treasure here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdWQ938aO84

You can listen to Coffee/I Miss Her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrg0TN9OkY4

You can learn more about the group here: https://www.wibiacappella.com.

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Treble On Huntington

Treble On Huntington has released a new single, Rainberry! The ladies sit down with Rachael to talk about recording this jazzy tune while in lockdown, and what their lives have been like trying to make music during the pandemic. We also get a chance to hear and talk about two other songs: Taste and Finest Hour, the later of which was selected for BOCA 2020!

Learn more about the group here: https://trebleonhuntington.weebly.com.

Check out Rainberry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=415jA5Dm83M, Taste here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyTHjTxppU8, and Finest Hour here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4lrSgTXCILF0vE4smy6Eyb?si=96546030139c4870.

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