Everyone has heard their mother say, “If your friends jumped off the bridge, would you?”
Actually, in some instances it pays to follow your high school friends.
Cortney Penta, a 2006 graduate of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, needed some nudging by her friends, and then the courage of her own, to try out for the Kings of the Beach a cappella group. She finally auditioned, and “the rest is history,” as she said.
Penta used that experience to join Deltones, an a cappella group at the University of Delaware. There she made numerous lasting friendships, performed in front of thousands of fans and honed her singing skills.
Most recently, however, she and her singing-without-instruments friends competed in NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” The season premiere is Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m., with the Deltones making their debut the following week on Sept. 26. The winning group will get a recording contract with Sony Music and $200,000.