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OC Times

OC Times

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Inspired by artists like Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, OC Times breathes new life into swing standards, rock and roll classics, and favorites from a variety of other genres. Hailing from Orange County, CA, Shawn York (tenor), Sean Devine (lead), Pat Claypool (baritone) and Cory Hunt (bass) take barbershop harmony back to where it started over a century ago: pop-culture.

In 2008, OC Times won the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet Championship. They have been featured in major publications such asThe Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, and SPIN magazine. The quartet is also featured prominently in an upcoming documentary film entitled "American Harmony."

Their first studio album, "Let's Fly" (2007), has reached critical acclaim, winning Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards for both Best Barbershop Album and Best Barbershop Song. Their highly anticipated sophomore album is expected for release in Fall 2009.

OC Times has toured extensively throughout the United States, headlining shows in venues such as Honolulu's historic Hawaii Theater, Los Angeles' Disney Concert Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City. The quartet has also toured internationally with performances in Canada, England, Finland, Mexico, Russia and Sweden - upcoming engagements include regular performances throughout the US and tours of England, Germany and New Zealand.

Discography

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OC Times : The Road

Review: Pride of Orange County, CA, Lead Sean Devine, formerly of the much-beloved Alley Cats, Tenor Shawn York, Baritone Patrick Claypool and Bass Cory Hunt of OC Times rose quickly in the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet standings, placing 18th in 2004, 5th in 2005, 2nd in 2007 and finally winning Gold in 2008! Since then the group has been touring nationally and internationally extensively, finally pausing long enough in LA's The Greene Room for Marc Greene to work his magic on their aptly-titled third album, "The Road." There are 13 classic, feel-good tunes here, some of our favorites are Fats Domino's soulful hit "I'm Walkin'," Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm," Brian Wilson's poignant anthem "In My Room," The Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea," Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance," Lennon & McCartney's "If I Fell," a sweet "Just My Imagination/My Girl" Medley, and Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel." Top-drawer arrangements, pitch-perfect harmonies, unbelievably soaring closing chords - the Times has it all. Want to listen to one of Barbershop's all time best do their stuff? Hit "The Road!"

Songlist: I'm Walkin', Good Luck Charm, What's Your Name?, All I Do Is Dream Of You, In My Room, Happy Happy Birthday Baby, Beyond The Sea, What Don't We Just Dance?, If I Fell, Just My Imagination /My Girl, Wagon Wheel, From The First Hello, One More Chance

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22223 | 00 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


OC Times : Destinations

Review: "Destinations" is the second well-crafted album by Lead Sean Devine (formerly of one of our favorite groups, the Alley Cats), Tenor Shawn York, Baritone Patrick Claypool and Bass Cory Hunt of Orange County, CA-based OC Times. When we reviewed their debut album "Let's Fly" they had just won Silver (2nd Place) medals at the 2007 SPBSQSA International Quartet competition in Denver. We called them "the fast-rising future of Barbershop," and we were so right, in 2008 they won Gold! After that came a national and international tour that covered 33 states and 9 countries, from Madrid, Spain and St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki, Finland and Aukland, New Zealand. Returning home, OCT made their next Destination a recording studio to record their 14 favorite tunes, most arranged by their friend Aaron Dale. Some favorites are Freddie Mercury of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," a pair by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, "Surfer Girl" and "Fun, Fun, Fun;" Howard Steiner/Buddy Kaye's "Don't Be a Baby, Baby," William Trader's "Fool Such As I," Randy Newman's "I Will Go Sailing No More," Billy Rose/Mabel Wayne's "It Happened in Monterey," Alan & Marilyn Bergman/Marvin Hamlisch's poignant "The Way We Were" and the live cut "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Maurice Mysels/Ira Kosloff. Each of these cuts is a little Barbershop masterpiece, brought home to us by consummate entertainers OC Times, and "Destinations" is big fun from beginning to end!

Songlist: Oh Look At Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Surfer Girl, Fun. Fun, Fun, Don't Be a Baby, Baby, Be My Baby Tonight, Dream a Little Dream of Me, You Belong to Me, Fool Such As I, I Will Go Sailing No More, It Happened In Monterey, The Way We Were, Unbelievable, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

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6024c | 00 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


OC Times : Let's Fly

Review: Tenor Shawn York, lead Sean Devine (of the Alley Cats), baritone Patrick Claypool and bass Corey Hunt, all talented young men from Orange County, CA, proved with their 2nd place medal at the recent SPEBSQSA competitions in Denver that a far-from-quiet young revolution is happening in the Barbershop world. The quartet, also members of Chorus Gold medal-winners (and youngest-ever choral entrants) Westminster Chorus, rose from 46th place to 18th in 2004, to 5th place in 2005, and in 2007 second only to supergroup Max Q. "Let's Fly" is 15 innovatively-arranged (by group arranger Aaron Dale), flawlessly performed winners, from OC standards "Good Luck Charm," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "Honey (Open That Door)/Hey Good Lookin' Medley," "Love Me," and "Come Fly with Me," to new winners "Teddy Bear," "Drivin' Me Crazy," "So Much in Love," a brilliant "Stormy Weather," "Anytime at All," "You're 16, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine" and the last cut, "Save the Last Dance For Me/Sway Medley," this collection impresses at every turn. Audiences call them "fresh," "cutting edge," "pushing the envelope"-but listen to "Let's Fly" for yourself, hear the fast-rising future of Barbershop, and come up with your own adjectives!

Songlist: Good Luck Charm, Teddy Bear, Love Me, Drivin' Me Crazy, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident), Honey (Open That Door) / Hey Good Lookin' Medley, Grow Old With You, So Much In Love, Stormy Weather, Come Fly With Me, Anytime At All, You're 16, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine, What a Wonderful World, Save The Last Dance For Me / Sway Medley

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5812c | 00 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

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