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Rockapella

Rockapella successfully modernized the art of a cappella performing, texturing their rich five-part vocals with elements of rock, jazz, R&B and doo-wop. The group was formed during the mid-'80s by Brown University students Sean Altman (tenor) and Elliott Kerman (baritone), who met while members of the school's male a cappella ensemble the High Jinks. They soon formed a spin-off streetcorner group dubbed the Lunchtime Specials, gradually evolving into Rockapella -- although other members came and went, both Altman and Kerman stayed on throughout the lean years, eventually joined by tenor Scott Leonard and bass Barry Carl. In 1990 the group appeared on the PBS special Spike Lee and Company: Do It A Cappella, leading to an invitation to become the house band on the network's educational series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, where they remained for five seasons. Although no American record deal was immediately forthcoming, Rockapella soon signed to the Japanese label For Life, issuing their debut LP To NY in 1992. Two more albums, From NY and Bash!, appeared that same year, and in 1993 vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher joined the lineup in time to record 1994's Vocobeat. The Christmas release Out Cold was issued just months later, and in 1995 Rockapella issued their first American collection, Primer. In the wake of 1996's Lucky Seven, Altman left the lineup and was replaced by Kevin Wright; the retooled roster issued Don't Tell Me You Do in early 1999. The seasonal effort Christmas Album was issued in fall 2000, and the concert release Live was issued in early 2001. For their fifth album, 2002's Smilin', Rockapella welcomed guest vocals from singer George Baldi. That same year, the vocal group released the holiday effort Comfort and Joy. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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jadenhousman
Straight no chaser
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jadenhousman
I love straight no chaset
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jadenhousman
Love the Beatles but this is good
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We saw Rockapella 3 times in person, would go again in a heartbet
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don't read this for it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days don't stop reading put this on 5 songs within 143 minutes when done press 16 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is scary because it works
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lady_stormy2 3
Where's the album with such classics as Ellie My Love Change in my life and Lift up?
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amy31562
When did Barry Carl leave Rockapella?
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Rockapella rocks! LOL
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How do we get Pandora to update their Rockapella collection?
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Can I update their bio?! Elliott Kerman left and was replaced by soulful John K. Brown almost a decade ago. Kevin also left the group in 2009 and was replaced by the rockin' Steven Dorian. They have three albums not listed in their bio: Live from Japan (2004), Bang (2010), and A Rockapella Christmas (2011). www.rockapel l a . c o m
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lovebeagles
These guys are great :) Glad they showed up in Straight No Chaser radio!
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Wow, takes me back. My kids loved Carmen Sandiego. That is where I first heard them
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good, but a lot of their songs sound the same. very interesting arrangements
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jfunnyboy04
*sigh* i miss Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world DID she go??
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Rockapella is easy listening. love Pandora!
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When Rockapella did the Star Spangled Banner (can't recall the sporting event, sadly...) it was quite impressive, and I still wonder how long they practiced for it. Have the MP3 around somewhere, I think. Their appearance on the Muppet Show was quite fun, too. (and I, too, recall their stint on "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" with fondness!)
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107565037
They've sung so many great songs, but I will always remember them as the people behind Carmen Sandiego. "Well she sneaks around the world..."
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if you like these guys you should also try checking out Naturally 7. they are absolutely amazing. they do everything a cappella as well but they create the sound of instruments and affects entirely by mouth. everything you hear on their tracks is created vocally no instruments or equipement. out of this world good.
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I love Smilin for a great summer album - singing with the windows (or top) down! But yeah, it would be great to get some Barry action in the line-up too! Bed of Nails, Devil in a Blue Dress, and 60 Minute Man come to mind... I'll never forget how Barry put his contribution to the group: "I get to stand in the back and Moo." :)
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like the song Marry Christmas Darling
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really cool and awesome
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Barry Carl on bass = most definitely.
Also, you can hear the "Comfort And Joy" album
if you type in "Rockapella (Holiday)"
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Not that Rockapella isn't still good, but pandora really needs to go farther back and add some albums with Barry Carl on bass. His voice is amazing. How can you have Rockapella without "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"
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I like their singing. It feels like there is music in their voices. And esivin1 go to Youtube.com and type "where in the world is carmen san diego" in and listen.
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Does anyone know where you can listen to the "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego" album online?
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OH YEAH!
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More of their music please!
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chuch noris always knows exactly where carmen sandiego is.
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puzzlingread e r
these people r great

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