Following the release of the Pitch Perfect film trilogy, the music genre called a cappella has gained numerous followers in the past decade. The a cappella singers’ ability to create instrumental sounds with only their body parts wowed a lot of people, and their shows gathered many audiences. In this article, I listed the six best a cappella singers who can melt your ears with their music.
Top 6 A Cappella Singers
- Home Free
- Straight No Chaser
- Peter Hollens
Pentatonix is by far the most famous a cappella group around the world right now. It is a five-member group consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying (baritone), Mitch Grassi (tenor), Kirstin Maldonado (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Olusola (vocal percussion), and Matt Sallee (bass). Avi Kaplan, their former bass, left the group in 2017.
Pentatonix started to gain popularity when they won the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, receiving a cash prize of $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. Their most popular cover is that of Daft Punk, which has gained over 340 million views on YouTube, and their cover version of Hallelujah is watched over 400 million times on the same media. Pentatonix is also a mainstay in the Billboards chart and has won more than one Grammy already.
Pentatonix is known for its covers of pop songs and Christmas songs. People are fascinated by them because they have an unbelievably wide vocal range. They are not afraid to try and arrange different kinds of songs despite them having only five members. Each member of Pentatonix also has a distinct and unique personality, which added to the group’s charms. On top of that, Pentatonix also doesn’t release half-caked music videos. All of their music videos are very creative and deserving of their millions of views.
- "Sound of Silence"
- "Daft Punk Medley"
- "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
Voiceplay is an a cappella group that is based in Orlando, FL. The members include Eli Jacobson (Tenor), J. None (Baritone), Geoff Castellucci (Bass), Layne Stein (Vocal Percussion). Voiceplay also participated in The Sing-Off by NBC and became a finalist in its fourth season.
Their career is doing very well right now. Their social media boasts a ton of following. They also won the 2019 A Cappella Music Awards Pop Group of the Year and 2019 Shorty Awards Finalists for YouTube Musician of the Year.
Voiceplay truly lives up to their awards and recognitions. They have great song arrangements, and their vocals are very stable. Another charm of the group is their chemistry with the artists that they collaborate with. Voiceplay is known for inviting guests for their covers, and this trend makes you anticipate who they will collaborate with next.
- "Moana Medley" featuring Rachel Potter
- "Frozen 2 Medley" featuring Adriana Arellano
Voctave consists of 11 members. Its members include Kate, Tiffany, Ashey, Sarah, Chrystal, E. J., Drew, Jamey, Kurt, Aaron, and Karl. The group was formed in the winter of 2015. Hailing from Central Florida, Voctave has diverse roots ranging from pop, choral music, contemporary Christian music, barbershop, and musical theatre. Voctave’s albums and songs have topped on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify multiple times already. Their YouTube account is also popular with over 150 million views, and they also gained a place on Billboard Magazine’s charts.
Heavenly is the word that comes into my mind when I listen to the music of Voctave. They never fail to entice the ears of their audience with their voices. Voctave is definitely one of the pros when it comes to a cappella. They have performed with Grammy, Dove, and American Music Award winners already. One of their notable collaborations is with Kirstin from Pentatonix and her husband, Jeremy Michael Lewis.
- "Disney Medley" with Kirstin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis
- "Disney Princesses Medley"
Home Free is another product of NBC’s The Sing-Off. They had won the show’s fourth season and earned $100,000. They also got a recording contract with Sony because of it.
Home Free consists of five vocalists: Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance. It was formed in 2000 by Chris Rupp in Mankato, Minnesota. This group is so popular that they perform for around 200 shows a year in the United States.
Home Free's music style isn’t the same as other a cappella groups who mainly concentrate on pop music-inspired tunes. They focus more on performing songs that are heavily influenced by country music. Because of their uniqueness, Home Free’s music is so refreshing to listen to.
- "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash
- "How Great Thou Art"
- "Honey, I’m Good" by Andy Grammer
Straight No Chaser
Straight No Chaser is an a cappella group from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The group was formed in 1996. The original members were Dan Ponce, Randy Stine, Charlie Mechling, Steve Morgan, Jerome Collins, Dave Roberts, Walter Chase, Mike Itkoff, and Patrick Hachey. They quickly became famous when their 1998 video of “The 12 Days of Christmas” became viral on YouTube in 2007. This video currently has over 24 million views.
Straight No Chaser’s most appealing charms are their witty arrangements and hilarious performances. They have a way of combining songs to make them more fun to listen to, which is one of the reasons why people love them. They also tend to add adlibs in their performances, so it is a guarantee that you will laugh while watching them onstage. Straight No Chaser is indeed an extraordinary a cappella group.
- "12 Days Of Christmas"
- "Text Me Merry Christmas" featuring Kristen Bell (original)
Peter Hollens started his a cappella career during his college days. He and his friend founded On the Rocks, which is the first official collegiate a cappella group in his hometown. His group participated in The Sing-Off too and finished 6th at the competition. Peter created his own YouTube channel in 2011, which mainly features music videos with multi-tracked a capella covers. His videos became viral, and as of now, his YouTube channel has more than 2 million subscribers and over 500 million views in total.
Peter isn't an acapella group, but his contributions made him become deserving to be on this list.
Peter sometimes collaborates with other artists, but he mostly does his a cappella covers alone. This is one of the reasons why he stands out from the rest. His vocal skills never fail, and his arrangements are always fun to listen to. His videos are also very entertaining. That being said, Peter deserves his spot here in this article as one of the top a cappella artists of this age.
- "Amazing Grace" featuring Home Free
- "Epic Disney Villains Medley" featuring Whitney Avalon
- "Epic Disney Medley"
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