The Pulse: 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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The Pulse: 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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The Pulse: 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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The Pulse: 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 Pulse: 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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The Pulse: 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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Competition Countdown: Taza Tal

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, Taza Tal from UC Santa Cruz to talk about their mash up of Touch It and Maate Vinadhuga, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6KdiNJjTWg.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/UCSCTazaTal.

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Competition Countdown: Naya Zamaana

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, Naya Zamaana from UCLA to talk about their mash up of original songs, War of Hearts and Bekhayali, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D16DSkxzSNo.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/nayazamaana.

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Competition Countdown: Dil Se

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, Dil Se from UC Berkeley to talk about their tune Main Hoon Na, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PnYGFExd4s.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/ucberkeleydilse.

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Competition Countdown: UW Awaaz

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, UW Awaaz to hear about their time competing this year and their mashup of Bird Set Free and Duaa, which can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg6JbWrIiTo.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/UWAwaaz/.

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