Monthly Archives: November 2013

AcaFanBase #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes! 11/22-11/28

Hello, AcaFanBase friends and followers! 

We are thrilled with the response to our blog, and we want to THANK YOU all for spreading the aca-love!

To celebrate, we are sponsoring our first (and definitely not the last) #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes, which will be held Friday, November 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST through Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.

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AcaFanBase #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes 11/22-11/28

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We’re so glad you asked!  The Winner of our first #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes will win one (1) Straight No Chaser “Under the Influence: Deluxe Edition” CD which has been autographed by all 10 current group members!

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Connect with “The Sing-Off” Competitors for Season 4

Is everyone as excited as we are about the upcoming Season 4 of The Sing-Off or what?! For those of you who don’t know, The Sing-Off is a reality show competition for a cappella singing groups, and it’s kind of been in limbo since Pentatonix won Season 3 in 2011.  But this December, it’s BAAACCKK!

If you’re not excited enough yet, take a look at this photo of The Sing-Off Season 4 judges with Season 3 winners, Pentatonix (Twitter links included): (L to R) Shawn Stockman, Mitch Grassi, Jewel, Avi Kaplan, Ben Folds, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, Nick Lachey, and Scott Hoying.

The Sing-Off Season 4 judges with Season 3 winners, Pentatonix: (L to R): Shawn Stockman, Mitch Grassi, Jewel, Avi Kaplan, Ben Folds, Kirstie Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, Nick Lachey, and Scott Hoying

Now that NBC has officially made their announcement (whew!), we are happy to share our compilation of group information and contacts so you can get to know the groups in advance.

If you don’t want to individually follow all the Twitter accounts, you can just subscribe to our AcaSingOff Twitter list that does it for you.

Please keep in mind that errors in this post are entirely our own doing, and we are more than happy to make corrections, changes, or additions if you notify us!

And with that, here we go (in alphabetical order)….

12 members. All-male collegiate a cappella. Southern charm. What more needs to be said?

Members: Jordan Lindsey, Nick Johnson, Evan Pulliam, Jeremy Lewis, Ron Wilbur, Ross Hill, Peter Gibbons, Charlie McManus, Banks Mattingly, Patrick Banks, Mason Stewart, Mike Owens (bass)
Twitter: @acoUstiKats
YouTube: UK acoUstiKats on YouTube

If you don’t have an #acoUstiKrush after watching The acoUstiKats singing “Wake Me Up,” then we don’t know what —

For your Krushing pleasure (L to R): front row: Ross, Nick, Banks, Mike; back row: Charlie, Ron, Evan, Jordan, Peter, Mason, Jeremy, Patrick

Six Latin singers from San Juan, Puerto Rico: two gentlemen and four ladies. Word is the ladies can also dance!

Members: Craig Cacciola, Windy Diaz, Melanie Dieppa, Amaris Flores, Abi Hernandez, Vanessa Marco
Twitter: @salle_solpr

Check out the Calle Sol Facebook page to see some recently posted videos, like this one.

A college-educated group of musically trained, professional women who like to perform a cappella around NYC as a hobby.

Members: Emily Borromeo, Emily Goglia, Manjula Raman, Liz Asti, Kate Schwarz, Katelyn Miles, Caitlyn Pollock, Carly Kincannon, Jo Vinson (Bass), Rachel Chalhoub (VP)
Twitter: @ElementVocals

We totally swiped this photo off the Element Facebook page (with permission) —


Filipino “Vocal Boy Band” based in Los Angeles.

Members: Joe Ilagan, Julian Cruz (bass), Niko Del Rey (VP), Barry Fortgang, Trace Gaynor, VJ Rosales
Twitter: @TheFilharmonic

Check out The Filharmonic performing a preview of Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl” —

Another Ivy League tradition, the Footnotes tout themselves as the providers of “fresh, all-male a cappella” to Princeton University since 1959.

Members (*EDITED* to specific Sing-Off line-up):
First Tenors: Clayton Greenberg, Ryan Fauber
Second Tenors: Casey Kolb, Josh Lavine, Adam Hyndman
Third Tenors: Jonathan Schwartz, Brian Bernard
Baritones: Will Plunkett, Jacob Schatz, Samson Schatz (VP)
Basses: Ben Barron, Daniel Gastfriend, Nathan Quinn
Twitter: @PtnFootnotes

Enjoy the Princeton Footnotes performing Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” —

Home Free was formed in 2000 by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp. Billed as the world’s first country a cappella group, Home Free also comes to The Sing-Off as the only full-time, professional group in the competition.

Members: Austin Brown (power-tenor), Rob Lundquist (tenor), Chris Rupp (baritone), Tim Foust (super-bass), Adam Rupp (VP)
Twitter: @homefreeguys

(*Edited*) Since Home Free‘s Sing-Off audition has gone private, here’s their latest video instead:

A doo-wop quintet with a repertoire of classic songs we all know the words to.

Members: Kwame Alexander, Charles (Sonny) Banks, Maurice Kitchen, Torre Brannon Reese, Anthony (Tony) Snead
Twitter: @stcornerdoowop

The Street Corner Renaissance EPK is kind of fun to use to get to know them better —

8.  TEN
10 professional singers in the music business from Dallas who got together for the show.  Why the name Ten (besides the obvious)?  According to the group, “The number 10 means completion and perfection of God’s divine order.”  Having seen them perform, we say: “Awesome gospel vibe.”

Members: Deonis Cook, Peaches West, DeeDee Yancey-Mackey, John Jontez Montes, Teaira Dunn, Elgin Johnson, Sydnii Raymore, Lenisa Raymore, Emoni, Victor Evans
(Editor’s note: Candy West and Dante Davis have since replaced Emoni and Victor)
Website: and
Twitter: @OfficiallyTen


We’ve been fans of Vocal Rush pretty much since they started in 2011. Based out of the Oakland School for the Arts (California), these high school students (!) have been the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella) champs the past two years they’ve been in existence. Go buy their debut EP, The Beginning, and do it now.

Members: Sydney Jacobs Allen, Kyana Fanene (VP), Isaac Herron, Jordan Holly, De’Zhanice Kirtdoll, Eivind Limon, McKenna Lindell-Wright, Jada Banks Mace, Kiana Parker, Carmina Pulliam, Emma Stumpf, Sarah Vela
Twitter: @OsaVocalRush

Here’s Vocal Rush‘s ICHSA Finals 2013 set —

“Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous. Origimagidiculous.” Why rewrite when their decription is so… descriptive? The group is based in Orlando, FL.

Members: Earl Elkins, Jr., Layne Stein, Eli Jacobson, Tony Wakim, Geoff Castellucci, Honey Larochelle
Twitter: @thevoiceplay

And here’s Voice Play featuring Honey Larochelle with “Get Lucky” opb Daft Punk and Pharrell —

And there you have it. This season’s ten competing groups.

Now that you’ve met the players, who will YOU be cheering for this season? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter or our Facebook page.

The Sing-Off: Season 4 premieres Monday, December 9 on NBC.