Why You Need To Hear The Modern Vinyl EP By Freedom's Boombox

Now as many of you know, Christopher Diaz, Richard Steighner, and Alfredo Austin were part of the five-member vocal group The Exchange on NBC's "The Sing Off." Earlier this year, the trio decided to take a hiatus from the group to pursue a side project, and Freedom's Boombox was born.

"Me Too" opb Meghan Trainor

This new group started out with a simple goal of scoring some college market gigs, and Austin told us that "there is no pressure to make this grow any faster than it will naturally" following the release of Freedom's Boombox's first EP "Modern Vinyl" this month.

As a trio instead of a quintet, the most obvious difference between Freedom's Boombox and The Exchange is the group's size, which results in a distinct arranging process and delivery style. While the vibe is a bit more chill than The Exchange, there's still that entertainingly creative style that can connect with an audience.

Also, you'll be able to hear a bit more of what each member is doing during a performance as well as the group's versatility. You'd be surprised at what can be accomplished with just three voices. So if you catch a show, expect to have a "snappin' clappin' good time" filled with silly banter in a chill charming atmosphere.

"Don't Let Me Down"  opb The Chainsmokers

The idea and the initial inspiration for "Modern Vinyl" kind of happened by accident.

Steighner and Austin were arranging a pretty straightforward version of Drake's "One Dance" one night but their brains weren't quite working anymore as they had been arranging the whole day.

So they decided to get some sleep and give it the "morning after" test. They woke up, played it back on my monitors, but they didn't really dig it.

"So Richard sighs and jokingly starts singing the One Dance lyrics in a 'crooner' style and a light bulb went off!" Austin told FloVoice. "It was like, OK that's kind of cheeky, and it can totally work!

"Richard needed a little convincing but once the intro was arranged, the rest came very quickly. We did a live video of it and posted it to Facebook, and when all the sharing and reposting was done it had received about 3M views! We were surprised, but we figured, 'Hey people dig this', so we started making throwback influenced arrangements and vids of top 40 tunes."

We took influences from a lot of doo-wop/big band jazz styles to create a vibe and sound that we feel is a little different but interesting and engaging.

One Dance opb Drake

You can pick up your copy of the Modern Vinyl EP here.

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Hot Pursuit Crowned 2019 Harmony Queens

It was a strong afternoon of singing at the Harmony, Inc. Quartet Finals, where Hot Pursuit was named the 2019 Harmony Queens. Scoring an 81.5%, Hot Pursuit now joins the welcome company of the Association of Harmony Queens.

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With a score of 83.7% (1507) A Cappella Showcase took home their third gold medal at the 2019 Harmony, Inc. IC&C with the second highest chorus score ever. As expected, the chorus contest was exciting and hotly contested with runners-up Northern Blend finishing just 7 points behind A Cappella Showcase with an 83.3% (1500). It was the first time Harmony, Inc. saw not one, but two scores above an 83% in the same contest. 

Harmony, Inc. Names Top Ten Quartets

The stage lit up all day Thursday in Sandusky with 31 international qualifiers in the Harmony, Inc. quartet semifinals. After seeing a parade of heavy hitters, big personalities, and lots of ringing chords, the coveted top ten were announced. These 10 quartets, plus a mic tester, will take the stage on Saturday at 12:30 pm EST for the quartet finals.

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Unprecedented Quartet Contest Expected in Sandusky

With less than a week to go, the excitement surrounding the 2019 Harmony, Incorporated International Convention & Contests is palpable. The contests kick off on Thursday morning with 33 qualifying quartets expected to take the stage at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Celebrating 60 Years of Harmony, Inc.

In 1957, a significant shift of needs and ideals in the women's barbershop community led to the creation of second organization. After a struggle of meetings and debate, the Melody Belles of Rhode Island were the first chorus to officially split from Sweet Adelines, followed closely by four more choruses to pursue a different direction. These 150 women propelled the creation of what became Harmony, Incorporated.

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AcaOpen Returns to Carnegie Hall

On October 5, top groups from around the world will head to New York City to take the stage at Carnegie Hall for the third annual International Championship for A Cappella Open, better known as the AcaOpen. The Varsity Vocals contest for all ages will welcome back the 2019 ICCA Champions, the N'Harmonics, and the 2019 ICHSA Champions, InTONEnation to compete against the Open Regional winners.

Two Nights, Two Shows, WATCH LIVE from Harmony University

   Harmony University is well underway in Nashville, TN. Students of ALL ages are actively learning and performing for the best of the best. Honing their skills in singing, performing and leadership. This week brings together barbershop singers, music educators, music students, arrangers, doctors, lawyers and MANY more from all over the world for a once in a lifetime experience. At the end of the week two amazing shows feature performances ONLY to be found at Harmony University.