Spectrum (CD)

by BYU Vocal Point

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Vocal Point is Brigham Young University's world-renowned, nine-man contemporary a cappella group whose music been described to by some as "an optical illusion for your ears." Founded in 1991, Vocal Point's inventive style, innovative arrangements, and incredible vocal percussion continue to wow audiences everywhere. They have performed before millions of fans on national television (on NBC's The Sing-Off) and in concerts across the country, as well as for millions on their newly established YouTube channel (youtube.com/vocalpointbyu).

Following up their best-selling album of hymns and inspirational songs, Lead Thou Me On, this new CD, Spectrum, showcases the group's signature take on popular songs from yesterday and today—including Sara Bareilles's "Brave" (A snippet of their YouTube cover of "Brave" was featured at the 2014 Grammy Awards.).

1. Good Time
Originally performed by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
BYU Vocal Point 2013 (January–April)

2. Brave
Originally performed by Sara Bareilles
BYU Vocal Point 2013–14; soloist: Scott Shattuck
Watch YouTube music video of "Brave"

3. Dare You to Move
Originally performed by Switchfoot
BYU Vocal Point 2010–11; soloist: Ross Welch

4. Set Fire to the Rain
Originally performed by Adele
BYU Vocal Point 2013 (January–April);
soloist: Scott Shattuck

5. Just the Way You Are
Originally performed by Bruno Mars
BYU Vocal Point 2010–11; soloist: McKay Crockett

6. Newsies Medley: Seize the Day / King of New York / Santa Fe / Carrying the Banner
Individual songs originally performed in the movie Newsies
BYU Vocal Point 2013–14

7. Home for Me
Written for BYU Vocal Point by former members McKay Crockett and Keith Evans
BYU Vocal Point 2013 (January–April);
soloist: Bryce Romney

8. Allegheny
Written by Ben Tengelsen; arranged by Jake Tengelsen, Scott Shattuck
BYU Vocal Point 2013–14; soloist: Cody Phillips

9. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
A cappella tribute to Mozart
BYU Vocal Point 2013–14

10. Frankie Valli Medley: Walk Like a Man / Can't Take My Eyes Off You / Sherry / Who Loves You
Originally performed by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
BYU Vocal Point 2013 (January–April); soloists: Jake Tengelsen, Jon Rose, Keith Evans, Trevor Johnson

11. Beat It
Originally performed by Michael Jackson
BYU Vocal Point 2010–11; soloist: Keith Evans

12. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Originally performed by Jackie Wilson
BYU Vocal Point 2010–11; soloist: McKay Crockett

13. I Stand All Amazed
Written by Charles H. Gabriel; arranged by McKay Crockett
BYU Vocal Point 2012 and alumni; soloist: Ben Murphy

14. Rhythm of the Night
Originally performed by DeBarge
BYU Vocal Point 2013–14; soloist: Jake Tengelsen

15. Happy
Originally performed by Pharrell Williams
BYU Vocal Point 2013–14; soloists: Bryce Romney, Devin Flake, Scott Shattuck
Watch YouTube music video of "Happy"

CREDITS
Producer: McKay Crockett
Executive producer: Ben Fales
Recording and editing engineers: McKay Crockett (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6–10, 13–15) and James Stevens (tracks 3, 5, 11–12), with additional editing by Scott Shattuck (track 14)
Mixing engineer: Ed Boyer
Mastering engineer: Troy Sales
Booklet notes: Keith Evans
Cover artwork: Steve Koplin
Editor: Lena Harper
Designer: Ben Fales

PRODUCERS NOTE
The dictionary defines spectrum as "an array of entities, such as light waves or sound particles, produced by the dispersion of radiant energy." Using this imagery as our inspiration, we are proud to share this eclectic collection of musical genres ranging from classical to pop, from Broadway to rock. In addition to showcasing a wide scope of musical styles, we wanted to complement the unique talents of Vocal Point by using a spectrum of colors and energies available with today's digital-recording advancements. You will not only recognize the pure warmth of genuine a cappella, but Spectrum will introduce you to some great new sound colors that add sparkle and dynamic range to that recognizable Vocal Point groove. Special thanks to the administration of the BYU School of Music for their support of what we do, to Ben Fales for his genuine concern for the success of our group, to Ed Boyer for his patience and musical genius, to all the men who have joined the Vocal Point family over our history, and to everyone who has helped make this album a reality. I sincerely hope you find this Vocal Point musical experience a pure Spectrum of enjoyment.
—McKay Crockett, Spectrum producer, Vocal Point director, and Vocal Point alumnus

BYU Vocal Point 2010–11
As seen on NBC's The Sing-Off, fall 2011
Michael Christensen
McKay Crockett
Keith Evans
Jake Hunsaker
Ben Murphy
Tanner Nilsson
Robert Seely
Tyler Sterling
Ross Welch

BYU Vocal Point 2012 and alumni
Conlon Bonner
McKay Crockett
Keith Evans
Adam Heimbigner
Trevor Johnson
Ben Murphy
Landon Peay
Jon Rose
Robert Seely
Scott Shattuck
Jake Tengelsen

BYU Vocal Point 2013 (January–April)
Keith Evans
Adam Heimbigner
Trevor Johnson
Landon Peay
Bryce Romney
Jon Rose
Robert Seely
Scott Shattuck
Jake Tengelsen

BYU Vocal Point 2013–14
Devin Flake
Adam Heimbigner
Trevor Johnson
Andy Nielsen
Parker O'Very
Cody Phillips
Bryce Romney
Scott Shattuck
Jake Tengelsen

About the Author

Founded in 1991, Vocal Point is BYU’s 9-man a cappella group. Although Vocal Point was originally founded by students, it was adopted into BYU’s School of Music and continues to entertain audiences with their lively renditions of well known songs. Vocal Point competes annually in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and placed first in 2006. Other years they have won the right to participate, but resigned because it took place on a Sunday. Vocal Point is currently competing on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” a nationally broadcast a cappella competition between 16 groups from across the US. The judges have loved the BYU signing group and so far have selected Vocal Point to move to the third round of the competition. Since its beginning, Vocal Point has produced multiple a cappella albums. The most recent is “Back in Blue,” their release from 2011 in which they perform favorites such as “I’m Yours,” “September” and “Jump, Jive and Wail.”

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I like it but not as much as I thought I would.

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  May 13, 2014

I bought this CD for the Newsies medley which is okay and the songs Just the way you are tonight and the Frankie Valli Medley. I really like these. My kids love the songs Brave and Happy but they're starting to drive me crazy. I am enjoying the CD but some of the other Vocal Point ones are better. I'd really like a CD with all their songs from the Sing Off on it!

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ACA-tastic!!!

by  Emily  -   reviewed on  April 15, 2014

This CD will have you singing along, dancing along, and partying along to the amazing acappella renditions of these popular hits. The CD is currently on repeat!

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Best I've Ever Heard from Vocal Point

by  Benjamin  -   reviewed on  June 20, 2014

This album is the kind you can listen to from start to finish again and again. Several the arrangements of popular songs are as good as or better than the originals, and the lead vocals from this year's group are unparalleled. I've listened to many an acapella cd, from Insideout to Eclipse to older Vocal Point albums, and this one takes the cake for being consistently on key, powerfully arranged, and just plain fun.

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