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School or Affiliation: University of Texas
Austin, TX

Ransom Notes

The Ransom Notes, the premiere Co-Ed A Capella group at the University of Texas at Austin, recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary. Emulating a musical style very popular in Northeastern universities, the group was created in 1996 by two students in the Plan 2 honors program, Rob Addy and Kevin Watts. Holding auditions each time a member graduates to maintain a 12-person (6 guys, 6 girls) ensemble, the group has developed into a powerful musical force on the UT campus and in Austin. Their last concert brought in over 600 fans, and they are currently at work on their 5th studio album, to debut in the fall of 2007. The Ransom Notes perform contemporary songs and classic oldies, arranged for voices by their own members, ranging from Harry Connick, Jr. to Jimmy Eat World, from the Fugees to Kelly Clarkson, and from Stevie Wonder to Patty Griffin. Each song in their extensive repertoire has a different lead vocalist, a percussionist (beat-boxer), and 6 intricate accompaniment vocal parts. Their style resembles that of their Northeastern counterparts in form and concept, but has transformed over the years into something remarkable and unique. Pleasing to all ages and musical tastes, the Ransom Notes provide the Austin area with a live experience like no other. The group usually performs two concerts a semester on the UT campus, and is featured at charity and group events of all kinds around the city. They also travel to a different U.S. city every spring break to share their talents with other collegiate acapella groups and on street corners. Their recent tour to New Orleans was a fantastic success.


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