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Friday, November 28, 2008

Straight No Chaser: music worth chasing down!

It's things like this that make the hours of blogging, time well spent.

Good friend Crystal Stearns sent me an e-mail tonight raving about Straight No Chaser, a performance group that I'd never heard of until tonight. But I shall certainly keep an eye (and an ear) out for them from now on...

Here's what Crystal has to say about 'em...

You have to check out this group. Their 12 Days of Christmas is becoming all the rage here. Their story is really cool. They were just a college singing group 12 years ago. Then a couple years ago they were going to do a college reunion performance so their leader put some old footage on youtube to get them reaquanited with the music and moves. They got 8 million hits by Christmas. It got them a record deal. They are now the new sensation of the music world. Its all acapella. Their music is not only wonderful to hear, but they also have some comedy in some of their pieces like the 12 days piece. I hope you will take a look at the link below.
So I went to Straight No Chaser's website at sncmusic.com and was immediately treated to an amazingly beautiful all-vocal cover of "Africa". Also on the site you can hear their "Twelve Days of Christmas": by far one of the liveliest and most original renditions of that song that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding. I won't say anything else: best if you discover it cold but trust me, you won't regret letting your browser linger on their site for awhile :-)

Thanks for the great tip Crystal! It's just the thing to get us in the spirit of the season.


Anonymous said...

I love this kind of music. I will be adding it to my Christmas List. Along the same line, Something Else is a group with very similar music, from Shorter College, in Rome, GA.


Unknown said...

Your welcome. I'm glad you liked it.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see other folks discovering this group! I found them on iTunes and I'm including them in my annual Christmas mix CD!