Acapella Groups: Harmony in Action

by on March 24, 2015

   The task of singing acapella is frightening. Singing in front of a crowd in itself is terrifying- but without music, is a whole new kind of challenge. Luckily, there are acapella groups that are able to conquer this as a beautiful and harmonious unit.

  Take Afro Blue for example. A singing group from Howard University in Washington, D.C., this group has effortlessly perfected the craft of singing acapella. They are able to recreate classics such as, Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come” by imitating the sound of instruments with their voices. They use influences from Gospel to infuse passion within their performances, and will leave you with chills because of it. They possess a characteristic that is vital for successful acapella singing: the ability to emote.

  As one can imagine, singing acapella can make it difficult for a group to earn a huge follower. However, there is one group that is changing the norm. Pentatonix is a pop-inspired vocalist group from Arlington, Tex. Their specialty is taking radio pop-hits and recreating them acapella-style. Not only adopting the same beat as original sings, but adding on their own twist as well. Recently, they have released many projects, including their Christmas EP, That’s Christmas To Me. They hold the other key to successful acapella-singing: to be entertaining.