HomeThe voices of Straight No Chaser: Hot a cappella group's local members talk about future, Musikfest

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Since a cappella group Straight No Chaser’s performance of “Twelve Days of Christmas” mashed up with Toto’s “Africa” became an Internet video sensation 3 1/2  years ago and got the group signed to Atlantic Records, it has performed across the country and toured abroad twice.

But it was in January that musical director Walter Chase and lead singer Jerome Collins say they discovered they would be playing the show they look forward to more than any in their career so far — its Aug. 11 date on the new Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest.

Chase, a Forks Township native, and Collins, originally from Allentown, grew up with Musikfest being a significant annual event in their lives, and this will be their first hometown show.

In recent telephone calls -- Collins from New York City and Chase from a visit to his father’s home in Allentown – the men spoke about the group’s career so far, its future, and what it means to be playing Musikfest.

LEHIGH VALLEY MUSIC: Hey  Jerome, how’s it going?

JEROME COLLINS: “Hey, John. Long time, no talk. How you doing, man?”

I was just looking at our archives here at the paper, and this might be the fourth time I’ve interviewed you.

“I know. We’re working on first-name basis here, man.”

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