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They’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more influential group out there in this new era of movies like Pitch Perfect, network television a cappella shows, and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere.
Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they’ve toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. ”Often imitated – never duplicated” applies here. Now they’re better than ever!
As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality. “There’s nothing in the way between us and the audience; it’s very human music,” says Rockapella’s human beatbox Jeff Thacher. No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors…but never lame.
We make it rock and make it interesting,” explains Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter, arranger, and an architect of their ever-evolving and imitated dynamic sound. USA Today summed up their lasting appeal: “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.” The New York Times agrees; they’re “Pure entertainment”!
The current Rockapella line-up features Scott Leonard (since 1991, High Tenor), Jeff Thacher (1993, Vocal Percussionist), Calvin Jones (2013, Tenor), Mitchell Rains (2016, Tenor), and Bryant Vance (2016, Bass). This line-up marks a new generation of Rockapella, who remain keenly focused on musical excellence. “People have a hard time believing it’s just us making all of that music. It’s still those same elements that make modern band music: percussion, bass, melody and harmonies,” says Scott. “Our success is in the art of it – it’s not what you do, but how you do it!” adds Jeff. Rockapella has indeed proven that creating original pop & soul magic onstage is what sets them apart.
Stiletta is a New York City-based, all-female a cappella sextet combining pop leads, dance beats and hip-hop choreography. In 2016, the ladies of Stiletta were crowned National Champions at the 32nd Annual National Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, making them the #1 ranked a cappella group in the United States. In the history of the competition, Stiletta is the first and only group to ever “sweep the Sweeps” by winning in every possible award category: First Place, Audience Favorite, Best Arrangement, and Best Original Song. This enormous accomplishment came on the tail end of having won First Place and Audience Favorite at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic and 2016 New York Harmony Sweepstakes competitions, as well as Best Vocal Percussion and Best Arrangement. In 2017, Stiletta placed 2nd and won Best Vocal Percussion in the closest competition of all the regional semifinals for Varsity Vocals’ inaugural International Championship of A Cappella Open. Stiletta’s debut album was released in 2018 to critical acclaim and was named Album of the Year by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) with 3 tracks also being awarded Track of the Year, making them the highest awarded all-female group in RARB history. Stiletta is a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s highly selective Music Under New York (MUNY) program, which aims to bring music and art to the commuting public of NYC. The group features award-winning beatboxer, MC Beats, who was ranked 3rd best female at the 2012 World Beatbox Championship in Germany. Other group members boast multiple Off-Broadway and voice-over credits, CARA (Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards) and WAMMY (Washington Area Music) Awards, original cast recordings, and over half a decade directing the Single Singers at the SingStrong International A cappella Festival. These ladies have the moves, the grooves and even the shoes. So get pumped!