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

Hey, AcaFans! With just THREE days to go till The Sing-Offwe are back with another Season 5 competitor interview just for you.

Melodores
L to R: Dan McNeil, Austin Lyons, Augie Phillips, Jonathan Amaro-Barron, Ted Moock, William Woodard, Nikhil Ramaprasad, Hollis Cuffie, James McHugh, Cameron David, Jamal Marcelin, Justin Riele.

 Allow us to introduce… The Melodores!

Many thanks to Justin Riele (JR) for taking the time to answer our questions on behalf of the group!

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

JR: The Melodores are an all-male, collegiate a cappella group from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. We were founded in 2009 by a group of guys who strived to create the best collegiate a cappella group in the world.

AcaFanBase:  Introduce yourselves and let us know how you each got started in music.  What are each of you doing now?

JR: We all come from a variety of musical backgrounds. Some of us have classical experience, while some members had never been in any sort of performance group or taken voice lessons before joining the Melodores.

We do not currently have any voice majors in our group. Right now we are all pursuing respective careers- some guys are pursuing medical school, law school, business careers, or professional music careers. We are all involved in several different organizations and activities.

In order of the photo (L to R) above:

Dan McNeil: Tiny with a powerful voice; attending medical school next year
Austin Lyons: Southern charm
Augie PhillipsPresident, father of the group
Jonathan Amaro-Barron: The only freshman in the group, friends with Avi Kaplan [Editor’s note: Aren’t we all?], magician
Ted Moock: Mr. Treblemaker in Pitch Perfect 2
William Woodard: Cute as kittens, pianist
Nikhil RamaprasadHails from New Delhi, an Indian beatboxer
Hollis Cuffie: Southern preppy – Mr. Vineyard Vines
James McHugh: Pretty chill guy and the group’s Musical Director
Cameron David: LA dude and Abercrombie model
Jamal Marcelin: Brooklyn soul singer
Justin Riele: Frat star and water polo player.

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

JR: Vanderbilt University is our primary fan base. We love the support from all of our fellow classmates and students at Vandy. Our moms love us, too! All of America is next! 😉

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

JR: We select our songs through a democratic group vote via email thread- this is how we conduct our most serious matters as a group. All of the arrangements we perform are done by our current group members.

And on that note, here is our newest video!

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

JR: Funny story actually! We were on our fall tour to Boston sometime in October, and just as we were running out of a gig from Boston University on a Friday night, rushing over to our next gig at Northeastern, our group President Augie stepped away for a minute to take a phone call. When he came back, we were all waiting for taxis on the streets of downtown Boston when he just said, “We are going to be on The Sing Off.” At first we didn’t believe him, but soon we were sprinting and screaming up and down the streets of Boston! I will never forget that next performance at Northeastern- that adrenaline rush from hearing the news that we had made the show didn’t leave me for days.

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

JR: We would like to say a huge THANK YOU! Thank you for your support, and please reach out to us. We always love to chat, talk, listen to you, or give any advice we can. We love having the support of our fans and we are always looking to meet new people in this amazing aca-community.

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

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

Remember, the hashtag is #SingOff with no “the” in front. Get it trending when The Sing-Off: Season 5 airs this Wednesday, December 17 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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