Watch: Jewish a cappella group Six13 give ‘Frozen' the Passover treatment
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
I’ve been a fan of a cappella music for over a decade and am not sure how this eluded me.
Deonis (of TEN) - Happy
OPB: Pharrell Williams
Deonis Cook (Vocal Percussion and Musical Director of TEN) took it upon himself to arrange a solo multitrack version of “Happy” and it’s REALLY good!
The Sons of Pitches - Get Lucky
OPB: Daft Punk ft Pharrell
Album: Not Too Shabby
These guys are AMAZING! 7 piece group from the UK… Check them out :)
Music Video: Pentatonix - “Run to You”
Their first video for an original song.
Pentatonix - “C for Cookie/Rubber Ducky”
The quintet will be appearing on ‘Sesame Street' February 14th. And here’s them counting.
Pentatonix - Evolution of Lucky Charms
I hope they were paid a lifetime of Lucky Charms for this.
Newest tune that I’ve made to bring a smile to your face! :)
Blue Jupiter - Defying Gravity
OPB: Idina Menzel/Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked Cast)
Album: SING 10: Neon
Blue Jupiter puts their spin on a Broadway classic… Little known fact, Tim Foust of Home Free was the founding member of Blue Jupiter
Rosendale & Friends - Top Songs of 2013
OPB: Various Artists
For these guys not being an actual a cappella group, this is REALLY good
All Alumnus of various UC-Berkeley A Cappella groups… not quite sure which ones
List of Songs:
"Beauty and a Beat" - Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj
"I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift
"Don’t You Worry Child" - Swedish House Mafia
"Try" - Pink
"Stay" - Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
"The Way" - Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller
"Heart Attack" - Demi Lovato
"Come and Get It" - Selena Gomez
"Can’t Hold Us" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Mirrors" - Justin Timberlake
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke ft. T.I., Pharrell
"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons
"Cups" - Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect’s "When I’m Gone")
"Clarity" - Zedd ft. Foxes
"Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
"Roar" - Katy Perry
"Applause" - Lady Gaga
"Royals" - Lorde
"Story of My Life" - One Direction
"Timber" - Pitbull ft. Kesha
Download this arrangement at
Home Free - Hunter Hayes Medley (Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me/Wanted/I Want Crazy)
OPB: Hunter Hayes
This has become an all a cappella blog today, I’m sorry. But it’s Christmas, so what else am I going to post?
Pentatonix - I Need Your Love
OPB: Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding
Third official video from PTX Volume 2
Watch: Jewel and Home Free sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Easily the best performance from last night. Jewel’s still got it.