In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous. Origimagidiculous.
Though the name has changed, the sound remains ever as magical. Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay (formerly 42Five) performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation.
VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.
The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on it's head. Re-imagined as a full stage show, amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay's music-without-music sound as it ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.
Fit for all ages, VoicePlay's recordings and concerts are an impossible to miss hit which have to be heard to be believed.
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Bollywood Jingle Bells
Review: Pride of Orlando, FL since their beginnings there as a barbershop act, and close friends of Mickey 'The Mouse,' all-male quintet VoicePlay, formerly calling themselves 42Five, brings us 'Peppermint Winter,' their joyous new Christmas CD! There are 17 songs here, with a handful of standards such as 'Deck The Halls,' 'I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas,' 'Santa Clause Is Coming To Town,' a hip, swingin' 'Here Comes Santa Claus,' 'Christmas Island,' 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,' 'The Christmas Song,' 'Silent Night' and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.' All these are made to sound new by innovative arrangements and 'altered' lyrics, such as 'Fat Man's Comin', Fat Man's Comin'...,' and faux horns & whistles on 'Christmas Island,' for instance. Other songs are new to us, 'Holiday Road,' the bouncy 'Season's Greetings,' the manic, silly 'Bollywood Jingle Bells,' the title tune, 'Somewhere In My Memory' 'Santa and I Know It,' ''Zat You, Santa Claus' and a Hanukkah tune, 'Left to Right.' VoicePlay knows all about thrilling audiences and bringing holiday cheer, so pick up 'Peppermint Winter,' a happy gift to yourself and your whole family!
Songlist: Deck The Halls, Holiday Road, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Christmas Island, Season's Greetings, Here Comes Santa Claus, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Left To Right, Bollywood Jingle Bells, Peppermint Winter, The Christmas Song, Silent Night, Somewhere in My Memory, Santa And I Know It, 'Zat You, Santa Claus, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Review: Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweeps Regional winners 4:2:Five are James, Earl, Layne, Geoff, and Scott. E.P. was produced by Jeff Thacher of Rockapella, and it shows. There are five songs here, all originals, all excellent, with driving harmonies and tight vocal percussion, reminiscent of Rockapella and The House Jacks. 'look at me,' 'move my way,' 'you gotta know,' our favorite, 'why do you' with its soaring refrain, and 'life,' a sweet crowd-pleaser with an infectious vocal beat. Normally we're kind of so-so about selling what is essentially a sampler, but this one has the goods. We're totally psyched about seeing and hearing them at the Finals on May 5th - these guys have the kind of talent (and looks) that stars are made of, and they could easily win it all!
Songlist: Look At Me, Move My Way, You Gotta Know, Why Do You?, Life
Review: Formerly known as 42Five, Orlando, FL-based all-male a cappella quintet Voiceplay began singing together as a streetcorner barbershop act in 2000 has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation! Earl, Layne, Geoff, Tony and Eli have individually and collectively been singing and performing for 'The Mouse' as he is affectionately known around the Magic Kingdom since growing up in Orlando, and now they have re-imagined their act as a full-blown stage show, using nothing but the human voice! Wonderful arrangements, tight, roller-coaster harmonies, humorous on-stage theatrics-these shows, and recordings of them like 'Once Upon an Ever After' have delighted audiences across the country. There are 8 'songs' here, which is in quotes because the second cut , for instance, 'The King Has Returned,' contains marvelous renditions of 'Circle of Life,' 'Hakuna Matata,' 'Just Can't Wait to Be King' and 'Be Prepared;' and cut 4, 'Tale as Old as Time' has 'Be Our Guest,' 'Gaston' and 'Beauty and the Beast.' Other song/collections are 'Pumpkins, Poppins and Sorcerers' and 'Diamond in the Rough.' Single songs include 'Celebrate You,' 'Grim Grinning Ghosts,' 'This is Halloween,' 'When You Wish Upon A Star' and bonus track 'Rango.' If you and/or your children love these movies, you will certainly love 'Once Upon an Ever After! And if you're into cutting-edge a cappella and entertainment, please 'Be Our Guest!'
Songlist: Celebrate You, The King Has Returned, Grim Grinning Ghosts, Tale As Old As Time, Pumpkins, Poppins & Socereres, Diamond in the Rough, This Is Halloween, When You Wish Upon A Star, Rango
Review: When we first saw the four young men of 4:2:Five at the Harmony Sweeps Finals, we knew they were going places fast. Their sound brings to mind Rockapella, the Coats and the House Jacks, and they do most of their own arranging. The aptly-named 'Time Machine' is mostly classic doo-wop covers like 'Come Go With Me,' Barbara Ann,' the Drifters' 'Under the Boardwalk,' Elvis' 'Hound Dog,' 'Blue Moon,' 'Good Old A Cappella,' 'Love Potion #9' and even the beloved Sweeps anthem 'Goodnight Sweetheart.' What makes these 15 songs really 'sing' is James May's sweet leads, as good as any doo-wop leads we've heard. The other guys are right on the beat with the butter-smooth deep-bass and baritone backup vocals. Although technically not doo-wop, James Brown's 'I Feel Good' and the Doobies' 'Joy To The World' really smoke. A stone winner!
Songlist: I Feel Good, Come Go With Me, Barbara Ann, Under the Boardwalk, Hound Dog, Blue Moon, How Sweet It Is, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, So Much in Love, Joy to the World, Good Old A Cappella, Love Potion No. 9, Goodnight Sweetheart, The Chicken Song, Rules
Review: 'Unstoppable' is the third CD by Earl, James, Layne and Geoff, and they've made some serious changes since we loved their set at the 2001 Harmony Sweeps Finals. Once a solid doo-woppish cover quintet with a sound reminiscent of Rockapella and the Coats who did all their own arrangements, they have become an (almost) all-original (written and arranged by group members) quartet with an infectious, techno sound. 11 songs, the supersmooth 'Baby I'm Waiting,' the precise, soaring 'The Rules,' the top-40ish Title tune, the edgy 'Just Listen,' the love song 'Your Moon,' the vocal percussion gems 'Any Note Will Do' and 'Just Listen,' the harmonic anthem 'Slowly Slowly Stop,' the philosophical 'Life,' a cover (one of two) of the BeeGee's 'Stayin' Alive' that's the best we've heard, and a funky, incongruous 'Winter Wonderland' that gives the Blenders a run for their harmony. All a cappella, but with some added echo and vocal distortion. Ordinarily we might have some reservations about such effects, but here they fit seamlessly into one of the richest, most full sounds we have heard an a cappella group produce on a recording, all the more amazing when we consider that they are basically just 4 guys with mikes. 'Unstoppable' pushes the a cappella envelope in a confident, surprising direction, that needs to be listened to again and again to be savored and appreciated. The fact that all the original material is brilliant is only to be expected. Enough superlatives-we love this CD, one of the best of the year!
Songlist: Baby I'm Waiting, The Rules, Unstoppable, If I Tried, Your Moon, Any Note Will Do, Just Listen, Slowly Slowly Stop, Life, Stayin' Alive, Winter Wonderland