Despite being pretty disappointed that Season 5 of The Sing-Off is a single, 2-hour special, we are super excited for the groups that made it in!
For those of you who don’t know, The Sing-Off is a reality show competition for a cappella singing groups. Probably its most famous winners to-date are Pentatonix from Season 3 in 2011, but last year’s Season 4 winners Home Free seem to be holding their own with their a cappella and country fans. Whatever gets a cappella out to the masses, it’s all good to us.
With the format change comes a change in the judging line-up (Twitter links included). Shawn Stockman and Jewel return, but our favorite, nerdtastic Ben Folds, will be replaced with Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump.
As always, 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 Season 5 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)….
A cappella + electronic music? We’re totally in! This will be new for strictly Sing-Off fans, so keep an open mind for looping and effects, still all made with only the human voice.
Members: Nimal Eames-Scott, Paul Homes (Bass), Jacob Reske, DJ Stanfill, Jackson Thea
Watch them do their stuff live here:
2. THE EXCHANGE
Seems like there is always one group on The Sing-Off with alums from a previous season, and this one is it. You’ll recognize Jamal and Aaron from the University of Rochester Yellowjackets (Season 3) and Richard from Urban Method (Season 3), plus Chris worked as a TSO vocal producer, and Fredo recorded studio tracks for TSO theme music.
Members: Alfredo Austin, Christopher Diaz (Bass), Jamal Moore, Aaron Sperber, Richard Steighner (VP)
The Exchange have a couple of albums, bunches of videos, and they tour extensively, often overseas, with a very loyal following. Here is the video for their original song “Kerosene,” which really shows off their individual personalities.
3. MELODORES (Vanderbilt University)
All-male, collegiate a cappella – it wasn’t a matter of if, but who. And this year we’re not disappointed because we already
stalk follow the Melodores.
Members: Jonathan Amaro-Barron, Hollis Cuffie, Cameron David, Austin Lyons, Jamal Marcelin, James McHugh, Dan McNeil, Ted Moock, Augie Phillips, Nikhil Ramaprasad, Justin Riele, William Woodard
And here are the Melodores with “Talk Dirty” (opb Jason Derulo):
In case it wasn’t obvious, these folks hail from the great San Francisco (“The City,” as they say).
Newly posted vocal trailer right here:
5. TIMOTHY’S GIFT
We are personally just meeting the women of Timothy’s Gift, but what a meaningful mission they have – bringing #HOPE to prisons.
Members: Brianne Angarole, Emily Angarole, Melissa Greene (Hope Curator and Leader of TG), Abby Lane Hinton, Anna Register, Lauren Wedertz
For a video that explains the Timothy’s Gift Hope Tour, click here.
Having seen these ladies perform live prior to the taping of this special, we say WHOA the LADYBASS. Full sound with a delicious gospel vibe, this is good stuff.
Just go ahead and go straight to download their single “Mas Que Nada” on iTunes or Loudr right now. Here they are singing it live at Sing Strong Chicago 2013 (h/t our own Tara Marie Ahn for the video):
And there you have it. This season’s six competing groups.
Remember, the hashtag is #SingOff with no “the” in front. Get it trending when The Sing-Off: Season 5 airs on Wednesday, December 17 on NBC.