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.
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)….
1. ACOUSTIKATS (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY)
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)
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
2. CALLE SOL
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
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)
We totally swiped this photo off the Element Facebook page (with permission) —
4. THE FILHARMONIC
Filipino “Vocal Boy Band” based in Los Angeles.
Members: Joe Ilagan, Julian Cruz (bass), Niko Del Rey (VP), Barry Fortgang, Trace Gaynor, VJ Rosales
Check out The Filharmonic performing a preview of Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl” —
5. FOOTNOTES (PRINCETON)
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
Enjoy the Princeton Footnotes performing Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” —
6. HOME FREE
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)
(*Edited*) Since Home Free‘s Sing-Off audition has gone private, here’s their latest video instead:
7. STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE
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
The Street Corner Renaissance EPK is kind of fun to use to get to know them better —
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: www.officiallyten.net and www.officiallyten.com
9. VOCAL RUSH
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
Here’s Vocal Rush‘s ICHSA Finals 2013 set —
10. VOICE PLAY
“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
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.