#TheSpotlight: Rutgers U Kol Halayla

The members of Rutgers’ Kol Halayla were kind enough to come into New York while we were there in early October 2019, joining us in the mobile studio to sing some songs and share their evolution as well as some of their special concerts and competition work.

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#TheSpotlight: Aperture

While in NYC in early October, guest-host Rachael had a chance to catch up with Aperture, a very new group based in Los Angeles. They talk about all of their preparations for entering into (then successfully competing in) the AcaOpen, as well as preview some fun things on their horizon. They also sing for us!

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#TheSpotlight: Reverb

In only two years (more or less), Reverb has launched itself as a presence in the NYC a cappella scene. We talk about the joys and challenges of the startup phase, from defining the group through managing personnel changes in the early years. They share stories and songs in this episode, recorded in early October 2019.

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#TheSpotlight: Concrete

Concrete is a post-collegiate sextet based in New York City, and while we were in NYC in early October 2019, we sat down with them. They talked about how the group has evolved through size and personnel changes, how they are feeling about their rep and sound these days, and more – and they sang some tunes in our mobile studio.

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#TheSpotlight: Gotta Sing!

Gotta Sing! is a quartet borne from a Sweet Adelines chorus in Santa Monica, California, and just in the year they’ve been together, they’ve already achieved a lot! We talk about the ramp-up of a new quartet, the relationship between quartets and choruses, and how to get more quartets started. Just hours before they took the Harmony Sweepstakes finals stage, we also heard them sing!

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#TheSpotlight: Halfway to Midnight

Every time we bring Halfway to Midnight into our mobile studio, we have a good time. This time around, the Bay Area post-collegiate group talks about recording, and what kinds of trade-offs and decisions are involved; we talk about becoming a sub in the group one month before a national Finals competition, and about perfecting the art of slow-but-steady. The group also sings some of their current rep for us!

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#TheSpotlight: Westminster Choir College Deaftones

We had a great discussion with the Westminster Choir College Deaftones when they joined us in the mobile studio – they talked about re-engaging with competition after a rough time, about how they pick tunes, and about why they’re excited to bring contemporary a cappella into their music classrooms after they graduate and start teaching. They also sounded great singing for us, too!

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#TheSpotlight: Baudboys

In 2019, just before the Baudboys took the stage at the National Harmony Sweepstakes Finals (and placed in the top three!), they came into our mobile studio to talk about everything from their early days to a performance that could have gotten them fired from their day jobs. We discuss their new approach to recording, their experiences at the Sweeps over the years, and much more. Plus, they sounded great on some live tunes!

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#TheSpotlight: U of Washington Furmata

Furmata joined us in the mobile studio while at the 2019 Annual Northwest A Cappella Festival, and in addition to singing some tunes for us live, they shared their background and how they’ve been focusing on significant musical improvement in recent years. They discussed the value of an “off year,” and what they’re looking forward to in the year to come.

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#TheSpotlight: Forecast

Forecast has been together for several years, through some personnel changes, and has emerged as a harmonic force, competing well in both the Barbershop Harmony Society circles and at the Harmony Sweepstakes. Hear about their experiences, and their songs that got them 2nd place in the country!

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