The Vocal Company Blog

#FamFeature: Vox Pop

Posted by Max Kuchenreuther on May 22, 2018 5:15:00 PM

Vox Pop is a contemporary vocal group from the Washington, DC area. Since 2003, the group has earned a reputation as being one of the most entertaining local groups of their kind. Vox Pop has been featured as headline performers at such venues as The Music Center at StrathmoreMaryland Hall for the Creative ArtsWorld Cafe Live at the Queen, and Jammin' Java. The group has an award-winning performance style, having earned top prizes at the Aca-Challenge (2015) and SingStrong DC Aca-Idol (2016) competitions, as well as 2nd Runner Up at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes. In 2017, Vox Pop was a headliner of the National A Cappella Convention in Memphis, TN.

The group has also made a name for themselves in the recorded a cappella world. Vox Pop's latest release, Very Good..., is the culmination of hard work refining their sound and style, resulting in a slickly produced album that is energetic from start to finish. The group recorded the album in the Fall of 2017 with producer Angela Longo from The Vocal Company.

Vox Pop's talents have been recognized with Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations in 2014 and 2016, including Best Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Album, Best CAL Song, and Best Non-Scholastic Arrangement.

Biography courtesy of https://www.voxpopdc.com/.

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Topics: Fam Feature, a cappella production, angela ugolini

Jill Clark: From Sapphire to Live Sound Savant

Posted by Max Kuchenreuther on Mar 30, 2018 1:15:00 PM
Jill Clark's live mixes are nothing to joke about. As our Director of Live Sound, Jill has mastered the art of turning your rehearsals into next level concerts. From humble beginnings, to becoming the 2008 SoJam Champions, and having several VP awards under her belt -- Jill Clark has blessed our ears with her vocal percussion prowess and her command of the stage. Whether you're bumpin' one of her mixes between your earbuds or jumping out of your seat at one of our concerts, it's safe to say there isn't anything Jill can't do.
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Topics: Fam Feature, Humans of A Cappella, CARA, a cappella production

It's Electric - Dave Longo on Experimenting in the Studio

Posted by Erin McCullough on Mar 13, 2017 3:06:18 PM

The world of a cappella is constantly innovating and progressing, and at the forefront of this is the rapid rise and use of electronic arrangements and production. By experimenting in all areas of your work, and broadening your horizons into the world of EDM, groups are discovering new music and sounds they never thought their group could achieve. We've experienced this first hand, most notably in the  4 out of 5 of the CARA Nominations within the electronic/experimental category, one of which is our own track from Next Level! 

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Topics: a cappella production

Why Recording is the Ultimate Performance Filter

Posted by JD Frizzell on Jan 19, 2017 3:18:28 PM

If you want to set up your a cappella group for success at their next competition or big performance, you'll do almost anything.  You might work with guest clinicians, perform in less pressure-filled situations, get feedback from peers, and/or video and watch your set.

The one thing you're probably not doing that you should?  Recording.

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Topics: a cappella production

2017: Lumos

Posted by Dave Longo on Jan 11, 2017 4:07:00 PM

While we are moving steadily through January now, I'm still thinking back to all the wonderful things 2016 brought to a cappella. Pentatonix won another grammy and hit number one on Billboard. A collegiate group, the Northeastern Nor’easters, made it onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In Transit opened on Broadway to rave reviews. Varsity Vocals started the Open, a no-holds-barred competition with a winning purse of $25,000. The British won the ICCA (congrats Techtonics!). Pitch Perfect 3 started filming. The A Cappella Video Awards were created. We saw a second season of Sing It On (featuring four #TVCFamily groups). OneVoice was featured on America’s Got Talent. More supergroups were born, more high school groups formed, more MIDDLE school groups entered onto the scene. Oh… and there was an a cappella wedding or two in there (Hi, Angela Longo!).

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Topics: a cappella, david longo, the vocal company, a cappella production