Ahhhhh! So exciting. Back in October of last year I blogged about my favorite A Cappella group
…otherwise known as Straight No Chaser
. Being an Indiana University Alumn, I carry a certain sense of pride knowing that these guys walked the same campus that I did and knew some of the same people that I knew.
Since being signed to Atlantic Records
, the boys have released a Christmas album
last year, Holiday Spirits
, performed on the Today Show
, Fox & Friends
and on TNT’s Christmas in Washington
. Not only that, but their holiday album became the #1 selling holiday album on both iTunes and Amazon.
While holiday music in the Spring, Summer and Fall normally is enough to drive me insane, I could listen to these boys all day, every day. That being said, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the
release of some new material. This past January saw the release of “Live Your Life & Flo With Whatever You Like,” a slick A Cappella mashup of songs by T.I. & Flo Rida.
After hints of a full length album in the works, news of new material appeared on the official Facebook page and website today. On July 30, their new EP called “Six Pack” will be released including six brand new tracks:
1. Rehab (Amy Winehouse)
2. I’m Yours/Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Jason Mraz/Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
3. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (The Script)
4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours/I Was Made To Love Her (Stevie Wonder)
5. You Send Me (Sam Cooke)
6. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Lauryn Hill)
Now I know A Cappella isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if their hip-hop A Cappella stylings weren’t enough to convert you, wait until you here some of these versions. You can listen to a sampler on both the group’s MySpace and their official website.
I still melt while listening to their rendition of Toto’s “Africa.” The group also announced via video message that a 60 city U.S. tour is in the works. Dates/locations will be released on August 10th and tickets will go on sale August 14th. If they hit up Boston, I’ll be there with some recently converted fans. I.U. Pride!
Check out Straight No Chaser on the web: Official Site//MySpace//Facebook//YouTube