PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A burly Brown University football player gave in to an urge.
Out of his mouth came “A Whole New World,” the lilting theme from the Disney movie “Aladdin.” From that solo, a chorus followed.
And a revolution was born: Jockapella.
That’s jocks singing a cappella. The new student group at Brown is a first for the nation: athletes singing, with no accompaniment.
“We went through two verses,” says Ade Oyalowo, a freshman linebacker, recalling the day last fall when inspiration struck. “We decided we should stop before the coach hears.”
This was during the football team’s “picture day.” Players had lots of downtime.
“We joked, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we started a singing group?’ ” says Brad Herzlich, a freshman linebacker.
Well, Jeffrey Izon, a sophomore running back, wasn’t joking. He was serious. He recalled auditioning for a Brown a cappella group the previous spring.
“I didn’t get the part of the bass,” Izon says. But even if he had landed the part, he realized, singing practice would have conflicted with football practice.