In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The award winning a cappella sensation, Home Free, is a distinctive combination of comedy and music featuring five male vocalists with extensive theatrical and musical training. Each performance showcases a new, animated, and electrifying experience that draws audiences in, and leaves them amazed. With a genre of music that covers an expansive mix of pop, jazz, classical and country, all songs are done with only the human voice and microphones, resulting in a truly unique and incredible sound.
Home Free has performed for a diverse and extensive clientele, ranging from the Minnesota Vikings, to Fortune 500 companies, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Lines, Allied Concert touring services, the Dutton Family from America's Got Talent and many, many more. It also devotes its time to educating and encouraging music in the public schools through innovative workshops and concert fundraising. To date, its programs have already raised tens of thousands of dollars for schools in Minnesota.
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Review: We caught Minnesota's all male quintet Home Free's crowd-pleasing, funny set on stage at the 2010 Harmony Sweeps Finals, where they somehow failed to place. They were obviously unfazed by that result, as we were next blown away by their act in late 2013 on the stage of NBC's smash show The Sing-Off, in the Finals. They won, of course, and got such tremendous audience response that Columbia Records put together a beautifully recorded "best-of" CD, "Crazy Life." There are 11 tunes here, many of them familiar to "Sing-Off" fans: the Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire" (with guest soloist Avi Kaplan, and actually written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore), "Everything Will Be Okay," "I've Seen" and "Champagne Taste On a Beer Budget", all written or co-written by amazing bass Tim Foust (who also did a lot of the arranging); a Hunter Hayes medley of "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me," "Wanted" and "I Want Crazy;" "Any Way the Wind Blows" by Nesler, Hansen & Dodson;" "Jump Right In" by Brown, Mraz & Durette; "A Little Bit of Everything" by Rudolf, Warren & Warren and Kevin Fisher's title tune are all enthusiastic favorites. The strong leads by Austin and Rob, dynamic beatbox by Adam, steady baritone by Chris and rich, chocolaty bass by Tim, and just the pure effortless star quality of Home Free is well worth whatever the price to hear or see these guys!
Love Potion Number Nine
Review: We just caught Home Free's live show at the 2010 Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael, CA, and we loved this Minnesota-based group! "Kickin' It Old School" takes the format of a live top-40 radio show in the late 50s-early 60s-in other words, it's a sweet Doo-Wop/Pop/Show Tunes/Crossover Country collection that really shows off the vocal chops of this entertaining, sweet-sounding group! Our favorites are all here: The Diamonds' "Silhouettes," The Clovers' "Love Potion Number Nine," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk," "Tonight, Tonight" from "West Side Story," a yummy lead by Elliott on Roger Miller's "King of the Road," a Doo-Wop cover of the Beatles' "Saw Her Standing There" (which, although we never thought of it that way, is clearly a Doo-Wop tune); The Marcels' "Blue Moon," and a Beach Boys Medley that includes "Kokomo," "Surfin' USA" and "I Get Around;" and finishing with a strong cover of James Brown's "I Feel Good." Listening to any of these tunes, especially the the falsetto leads on the Beach Boys Medley, we realize that Home Free is on an equal or better vocal level with all of these classic accompanied groups, with only their microphones, rock-solid vocal percussion, wonderful arrangements and pitch-perfect harmonies. Home Free is a total joy, on "Kickin'" and live!