STEVE KEYES a founder of Rockapella, has long been considered a premier
high tenor and rock/blues soloist of the a cappella scene.
Since his landmark performance of "Flat Tire" on the ground-breaking
TV documentary Spike Lee & Company-Do It A Cappella, Keyes'
awesome vocal stylings and winning persona have earned him legions
of fans and imitators. His signature solos on
"Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress," "Keep On Smilin',"
and "Crazy 'bout An Automobile" have cemented his reputation as both a
smooth falsetto crooner and a power rock wailer.
Since leaving Rockapella, Keyes has been a featured solist with the
New Choral Society of Central Westchester,
and now enjoys acclaim as a co-founder of The GrooveBarbers.
KEVIN WEIST …is the other guy.
Although he resembles former Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin,
he has long enjoyed the democratic practice of a cappella singing --
most notably as the director of The Williams Octet and his
NYC-based group, the Lemmings. He has written and arranged
a cappella songs for television (MTV's Just Say Julie, Nickelodeon, TNT)
and composed the infamous cockroach songs for the MTV feature film
musical Joe's Apartment. (The New York Times wrote,
"The film's highlights are its musical numbers…Some viewers will still want to reach for the Raid.")
Kevin joined The GrooveBarbers in 1997 and already smells a little like Elliott Kerman.
SEAN ALTMAN is considered "the father of the modern a cappella".
He is the only three-time winner of the Contemporary A Cappella Society's "Best Original Song" award,
and has also won the "Best Male Vocalist" prize. For eleven years, he was a lead singer,
arranger and composer for the pioneering group Rockapella,
with whom he released nine CDs and starred in the five-year PBS-TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Sean composed the ubiquitous "Carmen Sandiego" theme song, which continues to get international airplay.
He has released three solo albums, performs a comedy song act called JEWMONGOUS,
produces and sings with Kol Zimra Jewish acapella, was named "Best Male Artist"
in the 2005 International Acoustic Music Awards, and was dubbed "absurdly talented" by the Village Voice.
CHARLIE EVETT is a giant in the field of a cappella bass singing.
His thumping lines and Richter- scale solos powered Rockapella to
national prominence, and now he is the sturdy foundation
beneath The GrooveBarbers, which he co-founded.
His signature solos include "North to Alaska" and the
smoothest "Sixty-Minute Man" in the business.
Charlie is also an accomplished classical singer and a long-time
member of the acclaimed Boston Cecilia
The definitive holiday acapella album features the distinctive GrooveBarber
sound -- a brash blend of jazz-pop and barbershop as well as
two classic Sean Altman originals.
Click here to order Glory on CD!
Guts. The roots of contemporary a-cappella are all here.
Rock and soul classics given new life by stripping away everything
but the human voice. By turns soulful, funny, and just plain beautiful,
you won't want to miss this big box of delicious harmonies.
Includes hits like Zombie Jamboree, Keep On Smilin',
Flat Tire, My Home, North To Alaska, Concrete and Clay,
and on and on…
Click here to order Guts on CD!
INNA DUKACH is The GrooveBarbers resident diva. A rising star of
the opera world, Inna has dazzled tens of thousands of YouTube
viewers with her glorious rendition of 'O Mio Babbino Caro', backed
by the GrooveBarbers in an insane mash-up of doo-wop and Bell Canto
they call "Doo-wOpera".
Click here to see the YouTube sensation.
JERRY LAWSON, lengendary frontman of the Persuasions
and most recently star of The Sing Off on NBC
is The GrooveBarbers' mentor and idol.
They have sung with him at The Bitter End in New York City
and at the Doo Wop
Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Boston. They are so proud to be
a friend to the greatest acappella singer of them all.
Check out The GrooveBarbers backing up Jerry on YouTube.
An a cappella supergroup? Sounds paradoxical, absurd, perhaps even dangerous; indeed,
The GrooveBarbers is all these things. Each member of this all-vocal powerhouse quartet is a bona fide star in his own right: Sean Altman,
Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes are former members of the pioneering contemporary a cappella group Rockapella, and Kevin Weist is a renowned bald vocal guru.
Collectively they have established themselves as the "go to" vocal group for rock, doo-wop, jazz and even (no way!) barbershop!
The GrooveBarbers were featured in not one but two national TV commercials as The Astelins,
the deliriously suave vocal group that offers Astelin nasal spray to seasonal allergy sufferers.