In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The human voice, that's how it all started for five brothers who shared a passion for music. Singing together at an early age, they began the makings of this one of a kind vocal group, forging a relationship beyond brotherhood and taking harmony to perfection. Today, they are known as The Standards.
The Standards have taken vocal music to a new dimension by creating their own unique style of music with an infectious harmony that speaks to all generations and cultures of music lovers.
Hailed as one of the most sought after harmony vocal groups of today, The Standards have enjoyed success worldwide for their unique approach to vocal entertainment. Their shows offer more than just a typical music concert. It's a "dynamic music experience," featuring non-stop energetic vocal performances packed with choreography, comedy, and audience interaction.
The quintet made up of Morgan Williams, Nathan Williams, Jordon Williams, Nicholas Williams, and Quinn Williams are leading the way to help make vocal music a favorite among fans. Sharing the stage with the likes of Country sensation Lonestar to the legendary Manhattan Transfer, and the Oak Ridge Boys, they continue to bridge the gap found in common music genres.
The vocal group known for a cappella performances without any instruments of any kind continue to forge new ground by adding theater type performances such as the Mamba, which features the five, dressed in a tribal setting for a truly amazing black light show. In addition, you may find them standing around a piano for an original song or two creating a multi-level vocal showcase.
In addition to performing in countries like China, The Standards are breaking new ground performing at private social and corporate events across the country. They are enjoying the creative process of helping corporations extend their message through dynamic entertainment.
The Standards With a demanding schedule, they still find time to offer advice to the youth across America by performing at schools for educational fundraisers and "Music with a Message" programs that speaks about drug awareness. "The youth are very important to us. We have always had a special connection with them which we will always cherish," says Nic Williams of The Standards.
A key element to what makes them appealing to many different age groups is that they primarily sing songs that are known as "Standards." You know and have heard them. Mix that with a new generation sound and unique style, you have an electrifying combination. "I think our style is complementary to any age group; a totally hip sound lending itself to imagination without focusing on a certain music style seems to breakdown the age and culture barrier. It's a lot of fun and we focus on the fun," says Morgan Williams.
True that it is rare to find such a talent like this among five brothers. A brotherhood that is sure to inspire, motivate and entertain anyone. The Standards - Music for everyone. The human voice, that's how it all started for five brothers who shared a passion for music. Singing together at an early age, they began the makings of this one of a kind vocal group, forging a relationship beyond brotherhood and taking harmony to perfection. Today, they are known as The Standards.The Standards have taken vocal music to a new dimension by creating their own unique style of music with an infectious harmony that speaks to all generations and cultures of music lovers.
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Review: We've been big fans of the Standards, five sweet-singing brothers from Idaho, twice when they nearly won the Harmony Sweepstakes Finals, and then there were their four excellent CDs. "Collection" is a sometimes accompanied, 16-song best-of album that may be better described as a "tour de force" album. Our favorites are of course the a cappella cuts, "I Got A Feelin'," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," a kickin' vocal percussion arrangement of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," a dreamy, soaring "In Absence," wonderful vocal "horns" on the Mamas and the Papas' hit "California Dreamin'," the rhythmic, powerful "I Can't Break Away," and live covers of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," the Motown hit "Just My Imagination," "Brown Eyed Girl," Smoky Robinson's hit "My Girl," the Doo-Wop anthem "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and the jazzy, surprising "Single Grain of Sand." These last seven tunes remind us of why we loved The Standards, one of the best live shows in the business, wonderful harmonies, strong vocal percussion, leads to die for. "Collection" is big fun, don't miss it!
Review: It's great for us to cue up "Give Me Some More," and once again be blown away by the live show of Quinn, Nicholas, Nathan, Morgan and Jordan, the brothers from Idaho who twice nearly won the Harmony Sweepstakes Finals. Not only can we sit in with the lucky, up-close Nashville audience, but we get to sit down with the guys after a song and hear them talk about their creative process, how they came to choose, arrange or write a song, and see how passionate they feel about their music. The Standards' live show has only grown more entertaining and polished from their years of touring and live concerts. There are nine cuts here, all a cappella, and all of them energetically choreographed. Our favorites are the intro title tune "Give Me Some More," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," a rockin', sing-along arrangement of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," a sweet cover of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me," a very fun, audience-participation cover of the Motown hit "Just My Imagination," Smoky Robinson's anthem "My Girl," the high-energy country rocker "I Got a Feelin'," a totally jungle arrangement of the Doo-Wop anthem "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," the jazzy, surprising "Single Grain of Sand" and closing with a surprising group-written and choreographed original, "Dance of the Mamba" with black lights and day-glow costumes that will knock your socks off! Wait a minute, we picked every song-this reminds us of why we love The Standards, one of the most fun live shows in the business, wonderful harmonies, strong vocal percussion, top-drawer leads, cool choreography. "Give Us Some More!"
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Review: We have been wowed by these five brothers from Idaho, twice when they nearly won the Harmony Sweeps, by their first 3 CDs, and now, even more so, by "A Night," their Christmas CD. We join the guys singing "Let Ring Out the Bells" on the street on a snowy evening, where they see a homeless man and a boy, Julian. They sing a wonderfully Doo-Woppy "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick" for them, then they take Julian on a walking odyssey to find the true meaning of Christmas. On the way they harmonize on "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "White Christmas," "Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen," "O Holy Night," "Silent Night" and the piano-accompanied "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" as beautifully as we have ever heard these songs. The interactions with Julian and the guys are touching and profound, but if you'd just like to hear the tunes, a second CD with just the songs is included. A truly magical "Night!"