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April 11, 1991 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
Let Gibson keep its guitars, and Steinway its pianos. Just give Bernice Johnson Reagon a voice, and she'll make music. Tomorrow, Reagon and her ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, will make music at the Academy of Music. The closest thing to an instrument on stage will be the clapping hands of the group's five singers. They do it a cappella. Reagon traces her interest in a cappella to her Georgia youth, during which she sang in the classroom, in the schoolyard, and at church without instruments.
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February 19, 1991 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's one thing for an artist to claim divine inspiration. It's quite another thing to show evidence of it, as Take 6 did Sunday at the Academy of Music. The male a cappella sextet, composed of young Seventh-Day Adventists from Alabama, asked the audience members to act as if they were in church, and the crowd, which began calling out at the first note and kept it up throughout the evening, gladly complied. The group, which collaborates on its arrangements, unfurled a harmonic complexity unrivaled in pop and gospel.
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May 3, 1989 | By Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
Asentiment first expressed by the Persuasions way back when will be reiterated Sunday, May 14, when the Africamericas Festival presents "We Don't Need No Music" - a concert of a cappella singing and poetry. Two-time Grammy Award winners Take 6 will headline the show, which also features the internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock and local a cappella artists Nanikha. Poets Rikki Lights, Lamont Steptoe and Kimmika Williams fill out the bill. Tickets for the concert, at the Uptown Theatre, 2240 N. Broad St., are $10, $5 for children.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the singers embarked on the tour, music director Deke Sharon told them: "This isn't the competition, and these guys are not your competitors. " It was a good reminder for the members of some of the country's top a cappella groups - Voiceplay, Street Corner Symphony, and the Exchange - as they began the Sing-Off Live Tour, which comes Sunday to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The three groups had, indeed, competed against one another - on the NBC show The Sing-Off , in which a cappella groups vie to be dubbed the best in the country.
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August 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the 10-man band Straight No Chaser started their 11-date run at Harrah's in Atlantic City on Wednesday night, it wasn't the a cappella pop sensation's first extended stay in the area. The multi-crooner act, which started in 1996 at Indiana University, has taken part in several residencies in A.C. "Our roots have been planted in Atlantic City since we did 40 shows at Harrah's Casino three summers ago," says Straight man Walter Chase. He reminds us the vocal ensemble did 50 more shows at Harrah's the next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. These items are taken from his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/eyeof-thestorm . The subway is not just for getting to the Phillies games. For Shawn Stockman and his singing group, Boyz II Men, it was a concert hall. "You know, when me and my guys got together, we used to sing in the streets of Philadelphia," Stockman told TV critics Monday.
NEWS
May 13, 1989 | By Leonard Feather, Special to The Inquirer
The leaps-and-bounds success story of the a cappella group Take 6 is unlike anything else that has hit the music world in recent years. Consider what has happened to the six vocalists since their first, self- titled album was released on Reprise in March 1988: They won two of the three Grammys for which they were nominated (best gospel performance for their song "Spread Love" and best jazz vocal group for their album Take Six). They played two dates at Radio City Music Hall in New York with Stevie Wonder, who bought 200 CDs of their album to distribute to friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2000 | By Jack Lloyd, FOR THE INQUIRER
In this age of high-powered instrumentation, recording-studio wizardry and high-tech ears, there is still a place for the most basic musical sounds of all - a cappella. You know the stuff. A bunch of guys - five is the ideal number - hanging on a street corner and harmonizing one of the good old numbers, frequently something from a 1920s or '30s movie. You don't find much of it any more. Nowadays, if you spot a delegation of young men on a street corner, you probably head in another direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leah Remini on Scientology Leah Remini , who publicly broke with the Church of Scientology in 2013, says leaving the religion was tough because it was an all-consuming belief system. "The decision to leave is your giving up everything you've worked for your whole life," Remini, 45, says in a 20/20 interview set to air Friday on ABC. "I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. " The King of Queens star has written a tell-all book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology . Church rep Karin Pouw told People, "It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Daily News Staff Writer
JUST HOW MANY "a cappella" puns can you fit into a movie that runs just under two hours? A-ca lot. "Pitch Perfect" does for a cappella (making music with mouths, as we're constantly reminded) what "Bring It On" did for cheerleading. An eyeliner-imbued alterna-chick (this time, it's Beca, played "Up in the Air's" Anna Kendrick) is thrust into a world she deems lame and gradually learns to love it, while the girls she surrounds herself with teach her life lessons that allow her to grow as a person.
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January 6, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Welcome to the high school a cappella thunderdome. Cherry Hill East High School's a cappella group, Stay Tuned, will be featured on Pitch Slapped , Lifetime's new reality show about the cutthroat world of singing sans instruments. Pitch Slapped premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The show is set up as a classic underdog story, with Stay Tuned taking on the juggernaut Highland Voices team of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J. In preparation for the Summer Invitational, each team is coached by an expert from the a cappella world.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leah Remini on Scientology Leah Remini , who publicly broke with the Church of Scientology in 2013, says leaving the religion was tough because it was an all-consuming belief system. "The decision to leave is your giving up everything you've worked for your whole life," Remini, 45, says in a 20/20 interview set to air Friday on ABC. "I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. " The King of Queens star has written a tell-all book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology . Church rep Karin Pouw told People, "It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEQUELS have a bad habit of taking what made their predecessors popular and augmenting those aspects to the point where they just aren't fun anymore - as in thin supporting characters becoming major players, or two-bit gags becoming full-fledged plots. But "Pitch Perfect 2" avoids becoming a bigger, dumber version of the 2012 sleeper hit. Structurally, the movies are entirely similar, but writer Kay Cannon ("30 Rock") refocuses the story so that the crowd-pleasing parts are intact, without drowning out any semblance of a coherent movie.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the singers embarked on the tour, music director Deke Sharon told them: "This isn't the competition, and these guys are not your competitors. " It was a good reminder for the members of some of the country's top a cappella groups - Voiceplay, Street Corner Symphony, and the Exchange - as they began the Sing-Off Live Tour, which comes Sunday to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The three groups had, indeed, competed against one another - on the NBC show The Sing-Off , in which a cappella groups vie to be dubbed the best in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
THE MEN of Penn Masala were sworn to secrecy about their cameo in "Pitch Perfect 2," the sequel to the sleeper hit "Pitch Perfect," which made a reported $113 million at the worldwide box office and netted a Billboard Top 10 hit with "Cups (When I'm Gone)," sung by star Anna Kendrick . "Pitch Perfect 2" is directed by fellow Penn grad Elizabeth Banks (class of '96), who produced and starred in the original. Members of Penn Masala, billed as the world's premier South Asian a cappella group, were "beyond excited" about the cameo in the movie about the all-ladies a capella group at fictional Barden University, as first reported by the Daily Pennsylvanian . While president Dilip Rajan , a senior at Wharton, and business manager Pranay Sharma , a sophomore at Wharton, kept mum on what they sang and why they were chosen as the only collegiate a cappella group in the film, they noted their unique blend of Hindi, Bollywood and western music that spurs from their members' backgrounds, some of whom were born abroad and others in the States.
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August 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the 10-man band Straight No Chaser started their 11-date run at Harrah's in Atlantic City on Wednesday night, it wasn't the a cappella pop sensation's first extended stay in the area. The multi-crooner act, which started in 1996 at Indiana University, has taken part in several residencies in A.C. "Our roots have been planted in Atlantic City since we did 40 shows at Harrah's Casino three summers ago," says Straight man Walter Chase. He reminds us the vocal ensemble did 50 more shows at Harrah's the next year.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Daily News Staff Writer
JUST HOW MANY "a cappella" puns can you fit into a movie that runs just under two hours? A-ca lot. "Pitch Perfect" does for a cappella (making music with mouths, as we're constantly reminded) what "Bring It On" did for cheerleading. An eyeliner-imbued alterna-chick (this time, it's Beca, played "Up in the Air's" Anna Kendrick) is thrust into a world she deems lame and gradually learns to love it, while the girls she surrounds herself with teach her life lessons that allow her to grow as a person.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer
ANNA KENDRICK has been a very busy woman. This year she's been pregnant in "What to Expect When You're Expecting," she was the voice of Nora in "Family Guy" and the voice of Courtney in "ParaNorman. " She played Jake Gyllenhaal's wife in "End of Watch," and in "Pitch Perfect," she's a college freshman who wants to be a mash-up music producer but begrudgingly joins an a cappella singing group. Oh, she also has four films in the can awaiting release. "I filmed seven movies in 2011 and I think that was a mistake," she said by phone from New York this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Using the human voice as a competitive sports device has reached dangerous levels of overexposure. Sure, magnificent vocalists have come from television's retinue of singing battle shows: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle, Fantasia Barrino. Philadelphia's Ali Wadsworth, a current competitor on The Voice , is another. But there are too many televised bouts of vocal brio to contend with, too many losing singers to balm or ignore after defeat. No show is more bloodthirsty than the Gladiator -like bombast of The Sing-Off . Singing a cappella is like boxing without gloves.
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