August 16, 2011 8:53am PT by Jethro Nededog
'The Sing-Off' Season 3: Meet the 16 A Capella Groups
Make room on your TV singing competition plate for the return of NBC’s The Sing-Off on Sept. 13. It was really the little singing show that could and its last season did amazing ratings numbers for the network – arguably giving it the courage to move full steam ahead on The Voice. This year, the series returns with new judge, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (replacing Nicole Scherzinger, who saw greener pastures over at Fox’s The X Factor), joining original judges Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, and newlywed host, Nick Lachhey.
NBC just announced the 16 a capella groups competing on Season 3 for $200,000 and a Sony Music recording contract. As the show has gained popularity, the groups have become a mix of established a capella groups and groups that got together for the expressed purpose of winning The Sing Off – like last season’s runner-up, Street Corner Symphony.
Executive Producer Joel Gallen told reporters at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour that, “this year there's a handful of groups that did that, and I think actually, more than a handful, but a handful that are actually on the show.”
See if you can figure out who came together just for the NBC competition. Here’s the full list of contestants below from NBC.
AFRO-BLUE – Washington, D.C. – This fun-loving ensemble from Howard University started as a class in the music department. They have plenty of soul, and all nine members meld together with beautiful harmonies, soaring solos, and a fresh look. @AfroBlueDC
THE CAT’S PAJAMAS – Branson, Mo. – The Cat’s Pajamas, the all-male vocal band that formed in 2005, pride themselves on their ability to engage each audience member during their dynamic, energetic and interactive performances, bringing a blend of classic songs with a modern a cappella twist.
THE COLLECTIVE – Nashville, Tenn. – Formed by Street Corner Symphony’s Jeremy Lister (“The Sing-Off,” season two), this Nashville based first-time a cappella group is made up of individual singer-songwriters who came together to demonstrate that there is strength in numbers. @TheCollectiveTN
DARTMOUTH AIRES – Hanover, N.H. –Dartmouth College’s oldest a cappella group, is currently made up of 14 fun loving, high-energy guys with eclectic tastes and no shortage of quirky antics. @DartmouthAires
DELILAH – Los Angeles, Ca. – This all-female a cappella group, which includes members from the first two seasons of the series, has been singing across the country, but still carry an unfulfilled desire to conquer “The Sing-Off” stage. @SingDelilah
THE DELTONES – Newark, D.E. – Founded in 1991, The University of Delaware Deltones, pride themselves on their smooth tunes and their motto - friends first, singers second. They focus their energy towards singing on campus and in the Delaware community, as it is important for them to give back to those who support them. @ilovedeltones
FANNIN FAMILY – Hortonville, Wis. – The Fannin Family’s mother was almost a nun and their father was a rock musician. The outcome was 11 extremely well-behaved musicians and eight of them will be taking the stage to show the nation their Midwestern swag. @FanninEleven
KINFOLK 9 – Los Angeles, Ca. – A nine-piece professional vocal group from Los Angeles in which everyone can sing lead, with all members coming from very strong musical backgrounds. @Kinfolk9
MESSIAH’S MEN – Minneapolis, Minn. – Originally from Africa, these unofficial brothers survived the war in Liberia through the power of song and are on a mission to sing their hearts out while serving the Lord.
NORTH SHORE – Boston, Mass. -- For the last 30 years, this refined street corner group has entertained thousands of listeners throughout the Boston area with an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm, and tempo in songs from the 1940s to today. @NorthShoreGuys
PENTATONIX – Arlington, Texas – The five-member group has a modern style and draws influences from several eclectic electro genres, including dub step and garage house. @PTXOfficial
SONOS – Los Angeles, Ca. -- Formed in 2006 as a recording project that grew into a vocal band, the group blends their voices together in perfect harmony through years of experience. The live electronic effects they are also known for will not be part of the competition. @SonoSings
SOUL’D OUT – Wilsonville, Ore. – This award-winning mixed a cappella group from Wilsonville High School is comprised of students from all grade levels, musical backgrounds and vocal types.
URBAN METHOD – Denver, Colo. - The group, which includes a rapper, was formed by eight musicians whose individual sounds gravitate toward urban music. Each has extensive studio session work but has never previously performed together. @Urban Method
VOCAL POINT – Provo, Utah – The all-male group is Brigham Young University’s premiere contemporary a cappella ensemble. Their nine-man vocal firepower continually invigorates audiences and entertains fans with inventive arrangements, humor and remarkable vocal percussion. @BYUVocalPoint
THE YELLOWJACKETS – Rochester, N.Y. – Formed in 1956, the University of Rochester YellowJackets are anything but old-fashioned and half the members are enrolled in The Eastman School of Music at the university. This fun loving group’s mark of distinction is their bright yellow blazers and distinctive sound. @URYellowJackets
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