Deke Sharon is best known these days as the “Godfather of Contemporary A Cappella,” but before he was teaching the art of a cappella to celebrity songbirds such as Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, he was singing himself to sleep in his crib. “I started singing in choirs when I was five and was in the San Francisco Boys Chorus,” said Sharon, who is now 47. “I was always singing. I was an a cappella headbanger.”
Sharon’s show is now traveling across America. He served as musical director for The Sing-Off Live! Tour, which hit Coral Springs Center for the Arts on March 12. The show offers audiences a live version of NBC’s hit a cappella music competition “The Sing-Off.” A cappella groups The Exchange, VoicePlay and Street Corner Symphony will be demonstrating their vocal talents on the tour. The groups perform mind-boggling mash-ups of Radiohead’s “Creep,” “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, and Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t.”
“A cappella is so exciting because it’s singing without a net,” Sharon said. “And a cappella is truly best live. There’s a power and energy that happens in this live space that’s really hard to describe. We have three of the best a cappella groups in the country performing. You just have to experience it for yourself.”
Sharon was also music director and arranger for “Pitch Perfect” and now “Pitch Perfect 2,” which is set to hit theaters nationwide on May 15.
“This movie starts at the beginning of the group’s senior year,” said Sharon, who spent last April through July filming “Pitch Perfect 2” in Baton Rouge, La. “A lot of the same faces are back along with some new ones. There are so many cool mash-ups in this film. I think it’s great that a cappella is on TV and in films.”
Sharon also has his own YouTube channel under Youtube.com/user/Dekesharon, where he offers a cappella singing tips and competition advice. “My passion is really to get the world singing,” Sharon said. “People got together to sing a hundred years ago, a thousand years ago. Whether it was on a street corner in downtown New York or Medieval France, a cappella is a huge part of human history.”
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