"The Sing-Off" season two begins Monday, December 6 on NBC. Ten amazing groups will compete for a Sony recording contract and cash prizes. We'll be featuring profiles of each group leading up to the debut, and during the show's run, we'll have a review of each episode. Have an opinion on any of the groups, or the show? Comment on any article or our forum
Nashville’s Street Corner Symphony are unashamed to admit that they formed with the sole purpose of winning this season of "The Sing-Off". Coming together for the first time as a birthday gift for group member Mark McLemore in May of 2010, the group is the result of a talented and diverse meeting of men from all around the Southern United States. With a roster of members that includes a pilot, a major label recording artist, an operatic baritone, a dichromat (color blind person), and a fruit-a-phobe, Street Corner Symphony’s personnel are almost as diverse as their repertoire. Yet while the group attempts a wide range of song styles, they are most heavily influenced by their rich gospel heritage. Five of the six members are sons of preachers, and two of them are grandsons of the tenor Bill Shaw of the “Blackwood Brothers”. Their relationship with gospel music runs deep, and the group hopes to use this sense of down home soul and style to wow “The Sing-Off” audiences and judges!
For more information, blogs, and news from Street Corner Symphony, make sure to check out their website at http://streetcornersymphony.org/.
"The Sing-Off" Season 2 Group Profiles: http://www.casa.org/content/sing-season-2-group-profiles
About the author:
Christopher Diaz, a graduate of the Florida State University, spent three years as the music director of FSU's mixed All-Night Yahtzee. During that time, he led the group to three consecutive appearances at the ICCA Finals as the South Region Champions, culminating in a second place finish at the 2008 International Finals. While directing Yahtzee, he co-produced two albums and was nominated for the Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement CARA in 2008. Christopher also served as the president of the FSU University Singers and vice president of the Student Opera Organization, and performed in dozens of FSU, regional and community opera and theatre productions. In 2008, Christopher began working with the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives as the Scholastic Coordinator and has served as the Competition Coordinator, as well as clinician, coach and producer for SoJam 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he joined CASA as the Ambassador Program Director and co-founded Mouth Off!, the 2010 ACA award-winning weekly podcast dedicated to the world of contemporary a cappella music. He now lives in coastal Virginia where he works as Community Center Director for the Salvation Army and serves CASA as the Director of Public Relations. He is a CARA nominator and judge, ICCA judge and producer, and freelance arranger, clinician and soloist who loves (perhaps a bit too much) Velveeta Shells & Cheese, the color green, and any songs with handclaps.