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Introducing “The Sing-Off” Season 5 Competitors

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.

The Sing-Off Season 5 Competitors

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
Twitter: @thisisAsquared
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisisasquared
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/thisisasquared
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thisisasquared

Watch them do their stuff live here:

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 AustinChristopher Diaz (Bass), Jamal Moore, Aaron Sperber, Richard Steighner (VP)
Website: www.exchangevocal.com
Twitter: @exchangevocal
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exchangevocal
YouTube: www.youtube.com/exchangevocal
Instagram: www.instagram.com/exchangevocal

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 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vanderbiltmelodores
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/VanderbiltMelodores
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vanderbiltmelodores

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).

Members: Cherilyn Acorda, Danny Cavero, Del Lazaro (Bass), Jaron Liclican, Kevin Redrico, Jess Walsh
Twitter: @sf6official
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sanfran6
YouTube: www.youtube.com/sanfran6

Newly posted vocal trailer right here:

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
Website: http://www.timothysgift.com/
Twitter: @timothysgift
Facebook: www.facebook.com/timothysgift

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.

Members:  Keesha Gumbs, Tamika Gumbs, Gbianka Kotee, Selame Scarlett, Cindy Valerus
Website: www.traces5.com
Twitter: @traces5
Facebook: www.facebook.com/traces5

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.

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.

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.




AcaDirt: #SingOff Episode 1

By Jeremy Michael Lewis, acoUstiKat


Tell you something good? I’ve got “bass in my butt” and took a personal acoUstiShower after that episode. 

First on the docket, can we talk about the talent on this season?

Not to brag on my season (no wait, completely bragging), but if the Princeton Footnotes were the lowest mark on our totem pole, we’ve got quite the season to look forward to.  Adam Hyndman and Josh Lavine carried a talented crew to an impressive appearance that is undoubtedly helping the Footnotes stay booked for the foreseeable future over on the East Coast.

Since we’re on the topic of talent, and I’m writing the blog, here are a few opinions on what I loved watching last night.  Starting at the top: Vocal Rush.

You know what was wrong with Vocal Rush last night?  NOTHING.

Does everyone understand the average age in that group is like 17 years old or something…? I’m trying to remember what I was doing at 17, and the only things I can recall would assuredly give my mother heart palpitations, so just use your imagination.

Jordan Holly is going to be a star, so if you haven’t become her fan by now, do it before she’s too famous to pretend like she cares if you follow her. I don’t remember the comments about them from the judges, because I didn’t care, something about rushing… I stopped listening when Kyana Fanene (VP) served face for the world.  I knew they weren’t going anywhere.

Shout out to all the moms who raised this group of young stars:  YOU DID WELL.

Let’s chat briefly about this whole phenomenon accurately titled “Bass in My Butt.”

Be as it may, I used to sing low bass before I had a double tonsil/adenoidectomy a few years ago and my range shot up a fifth overnight. (Also the worst 2 weeks of my life; I’ll choose death if they grow back.)

Tim Foust.

If anyone out there is wondering, Tim is not a bass. Tim is also not a baritone or a tenor. Tim is a gift from God himself to bless the world with his own category. Let it be known: Mr. Foust can drop bombs that will blow any cannon out of the water, and he looks great doing it too. The only thing more sizable than Tim’s talent is the humility in his response to Jewel’s inquiry.

Speaking of things that God has sent from above this season: TEN.

The Kats’ best friends from the show by far were these 10 soulful musicians. Let me point out something that personally wasn’t articulated quite enough on the show last night: That was their first performance together folks. WHET?! Do y’all understand how hard a cappella is? You should, it sucks. Honestly I’ve hung out with these swangers for quite sometime now and Ben Folds nailed it, if I could sing like that, you would NEVER shut me up (Stop, I heard that.).  Chelsea “Peaches” West and Deonis Cook have put together something that will undoubtedly go down in history as a musical breakthrough.

So now that I’ve chatted about a few of the the first nine opening acts, (I’m only serious people) The acoUstiKats:

If anyone is planning on waking me up from this dream I’m currently living, don’t.

If you didn’t catch their names, Ron Wilbur (@itsaRONsworth) and Ross Hill (@rosschill) put their stamp on what is the beginning of the newest legacy in Sing-Off history. No collegiate crew has taken the gold home before on this stage, but I promise you, we didn’t come to Los Angeles for second place. If you haven’t had the chance to catch up on your Kentucky history by now, we’re good at hanging banners, why stop with basketball?

On a more humble and realistic note, however, that minute and a half helped form a bond with eleven other guys that I will never forget. If we had gone home last night, we would have been completely satisfied and fulfilled because we went on the stage and did exactly what the acoUstiKats have always been known for: Bringing the party to you.

A few quick shout-outs to some people who, if you get a chance in the next day to YouTube and enjoy their background careers: Honey Larochelle, VJ Rosales, and Craig (Range) Cacciola. I would talk about their individual groups, but no one likes to read novels and — I promise you — they’ll get their moments on Wednesday night!

Thanks for reading and, as always, let me know if you have any particular questions, and I will make sure and include them in the next addition after Episode 2!

Oh… and I’m on lead next episode — want a preview? 😉

Love Y’all

– Jeremy

Check out my other blogs in this series:
AcaDirt: The Truth (or at least my version) of How “The Sing-Off” Works
AcaDirt: #SingOff Episode 2
AcaDirt: #SingOff Episode 3 (The Proposal)

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)
Website: www.acoustikats.com
Twitter: @acoUstiKats
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acoustikats
YouTube: UK acoUstiKats on YouTube
Instagram: www.instagram.com/acoustikats

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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/callesolsos4

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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheFilharmonic
YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheFilharmonic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/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
Website: www.princetonfootnotes.com
Twitter: @PtnFootnotes
Facebook: www.facebook.com/footnotes
YouTube: www.youtube.com/princetonfootnotes

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)
Website: www.homefreevocalband.com
Twitter: @homefreeguys
Facebook: www.facebook.com/homefreevocalband
YouTube: www.youtube.com/homefreevocalband
Instagram: www.instagram.com/homefreevocalband

(*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
Website: http://www.streetcornerrenaissance.com
Twitter: @stcornerdoowop
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/streetcornerrenaissance
YouTube: www.youtube.com/StreetcornerDooWop1

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: www.officiallyten.net and www.officiallyten.com
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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/osavocalrush
YouTube: www.youtube.com/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
Website: www.thevoiceplay.com
Twitter: @thevoiceplay
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoicePlay
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/theVOICEPLAYdotcom
Instagram: www.instagram.com/voiceplay

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.