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2015 Sing-Off Tour with Guest Groups

Hey, AcaFans! Sing-Off Tour is up and running, and we can personally confirm that this is a show not to be missed!

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Because we love you, we’ve compiled a list of all the special guests we have been able to confirm for each of the dates.  We’ll be updating as we get more info, or let us know what we missed.

Get your regular and VIP tickets at www.singofftour.com, and we’ll see you out on the Tour!

DATE VENUE LOCATION SPECIAL GUESTS
Feb 17 Turning Stone Casino Verona, NY Overboard
Feb 18 Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium Providence, RI Ball in the House
Feb 19 Best Buy Theater New York, NY Traces
Feb 20 Count Basie Theater Red Bank, NJ Princeton Footnotes
Feb 21 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA Pitch Slapped
Feb 22 American Music Theater Lancaster, PA Princeton Footnotes
Feb 23 UB Center for the Arts Amherst, NY UR Yellowjackets
Feb 24 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
Feb 25 NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY Blue Jupiter
Feb 26 Proctors Schenectady, NY UR Yellowjackets
Feb 27 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
Feb 28 The Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE Melodores
Mar 1 Kewwick Theatre Glenside, PA Melodores
Mar 2 The Wilbur Boston. MA Melodores
Mar 3 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA Melodores
Mar 4 Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, PA Melodores
Blue Jupiter
Mar 5 Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC Melodores
Mar 6 Chrysler Hall Norfolk, VA Melodores
Mar 7 Warner Theatre Washington, D.C. Melodores
Traces of Blue
Mar 8 North Charleston Performing Arts Center North Charleston, SC Melodores
Mar 9 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA Melodores
Mar 10 King Center for the Performing Arts Melbourne, FL
Mar 11 The Mahaffey St. Petersburg, FL The Edge Effect
Mar 12 Coral Springs Center for the Arts Coral Springs, FL
Mar 14 Saenger Theatre Mobile, AL
Mar 15 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN Melodores
Timothy’s Gift
Mar 16 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN Melodores
Mar 17 Von Braun Civic Center Auditorium Huntsville, AL Committed
Mar 18 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Mar 19 DeVos Music Hall Grand Rapids, MI
Mar 20 Bogart’s Cincinatti, OH
Mar 21 Hobart Arena Troy, OH Eleventh Hour
Mar 22 House of Blues Chicago, IL Gentleman’s Rule
Mar 24 Playhouse Square – Connor Palace Cleveland, OH Forte
Mar 25 Palace Theatre Louisville, KY Melodores
Forefront Quartet
Mar 26 Murat Theater Indianapolis, IN
Mar 27 Crystal Grand Music Theatre Wisconsin Dells, WI
Mar 28 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Mar 29 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN
Mar 31 Peoria Civic Center Peoria, IL
Apr 1 Adler Theatre Davenport, IA
Apr 2 Peabody Opera House St. Louis, MO
Apr 3 Midland Theatre Kansas City, Mo
Apr 4 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO MOTIVE
Apr 6 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA The Coats
Apr 7 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR On the Rocks
Apr 8 The Warfield San Francisco, CA SanFran6
Apr 9 Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Santa Rosa, CA SanFran6
Apr 10 Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno, NV Evoc
Apr 12 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA The Filharmonic
Apr 13 House of Blues San Diego, CA The Filharmonic
Apr 14 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA The Filharmonic
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Apr 15 Yavapai College Performance Hall Prescott, AZ
Apr 17 The Golden Nugget Las Vegas, NV
Apr 19 The Moody Theater Austin, TX  Clearly Vocal
Apr 20 The Majestic Theater Dallas, TX TEN
Apr 21 Bayou Music Center Houston, TX TEN


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Meet “The Sing-Off” Season 5’s Traces!

Hey, AcaFans! We are just hours away from The Sing-Off: A Special Holiday Event, and we’re back with another group interview just for you!

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L to R: Tamika Gumbs, Selame Scarlett, Gbianka Kotee, Keesha Gumbs, Cindy Valerus

Allow us to introduce… Traces!

Thank you to Gbianka Kotee (GK) and Selame Scarlett (SS) for their time and answers in this interview!

AcaFanBase: Who are Traces, and how did the group get started?

GK: Traces…hmmm, we are a group of friends–now family–who love to sing, create and perform. We got started as a result of the vision of two sisters (Keesha–lead; Tamika–bass). Those two connected the rest of the group and we have been singing since. We initially started out with a band and eventually started singing a cappella.

AcaFanBase: Introduce yourselves and let us know how you each got started in music.

GK: I am Gbianka Kotee. I am the 2nd Alto. I got started in the church choir–generation gospel choir.

SS: Hi! I’m Selame Scarlett! I’m the alto 2/vocal percussionist. I started singing in my senior year of high school. I was very hesitant to try (I was strictly a violinist/pianist in orchestra), but my friend Tyler Oakley actually peer pressured me to do it, and I’m so glad that he did (Tyler O and I went to high school together 🙂 )! As for VP, I first learned through my collegiate group Capital Green via Andrea Poole, the very first female VP  in my co-ed group! From there, I just watched a LOT of other college groups and pro groups on YouTube and imitated their VP sounds. Practice makes perfect!

AcaFanBase: What are each of you doing now, as part of or separate from Traces?

GK: I am currently a middle school math teacher.

SS: I am a family service counselor. Basically, I help people (who have lost loved ones) through the grieving process.

AcaFanBase: Who would you say is your current fanbase for Traces?

GK: So far, I would say our current fanbase consists of members of our individual churches, long time friends, family and a few people that we have met as result of Harmony Sweeps, Boston Sings and Sing Strong. After this interview, we will definitely pick up some more because of your following.

AcaFanBase: How do you select your songs? Who does the arranging?

GK: Song selection is a collective effort. Group members usually present a song that they are interested in doing and the group usually votes on it. As far as arranging…Robert Dietz, Jamal Reed, Tom Anderson, Roger Thomas (Naturally 7) have been the main contributors to our arrangements. Although I have recently contributed as well and moving forward the group plans on being more active in that department.

AcaFanBase: What did it feel like when you found out Traces had been cast in The Sing-Off this year?

GK: Honestly, when I was speaking to one of the producers and she said it…I heard her but didn’t. Then it clicked.

SS: At first, I was in disbelief. I honestly thought they were joking. But then as I boarded the plane to LA, I thought “Welp….I guess they weren’t joking with me. THIS IS REAL LIFE. I’M GOING TO BE ON THE SING-OFF. WOW.”

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AcaFanBase: What would you like to say to all of the AcaFans out there?

SS: We love that you support this art form. We left our hearts on that stage and all we want America to do (when they watch us) is to have FUN with us. As Gbianka said earlier, we are a family that loves to perform and we sincerely hope that you enjoy our performance on The Sing-Off!

Thanks again to Gbianka and Selame for giving us some background info on their group! Here’s the contact info in case you missed it in our Sing-Off Season 5 intro post.

Members:  Keesha Gumbs, Tamika Gumbs, Gbianka Kotee, Selame Scarlett, Cindy Valerus
Website: www.traces5.com
Twitter: @traces5
Facebook: www.facebook.com/traces5
YouTube: www.youtube.com/gkotee
Instagram: www.instagram.com/traces5acappella

Remember, the hashtag is #SingOff with no “the” in front. Get it trending when The Sing-Off: Season 5 airs TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 17, 9/8c on NBC.

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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)….

1.  A-SQUARED
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:

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 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 
Website:
www.melodores.com
Twitter:
@melodores
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):

4. SANFRAN6
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:

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
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.

6.  TRACES
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.

Christine

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