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KALAMAZOO -- Groove for Thought got sung-off, but that experience just made them stronger.

The Seattle, Wash., area jazz vocal septet were finalists in NBC's "The Sing-Off" in late 2010. They got through three of the five rounds before being voted off.

"We had no idea what we were getting into," Groove for Thought's Jeff Horenstein said from his home in Everett, Wash. "Man, we learned a ton."

For the show they expanded their sound into contemporary pop, doing jazzy versions of Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and Hall & Oates songs. It inspired them to record "Inspired" (2012, Groove for Thought), a collection of songs of the '60s-'90s sung in their style.

"We're fundamentally a jazz group and we all love jazz singing, but we all come at it from very different backgrounds," Horenstein said. They've had different members over the years, and now range from college students to long-time vocal vets: Amanda Kunz, Stephanie Collins, Peter Jones, James Niles, Kelly Kunz (father of Amanda), Brennan Baglio and Horenstein.

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