Straight No Chaser orders a round of a cappella for Milwaukee (Randy)

By Matt Mueller
On Milwaukee
December 16, 2013
"After each show, we do a signing line," Stine said. "People come through on a regular basis come up and say, 'You know, I didn't want to come to this. I was dragged here by my girlfriend or wife, and they bought me a ticket, and I didn't want to come.' And then they come through the line, and they bought three albums and a T-shirt."
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'Voice' singer Caroline Glaser breaks out with Straight No Chaser

By Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 12, 2013
Glaser and Straight No Chaser share managers, but she hadn’t heard of the group before being invited on the tour.

When the manager presented it the music to her, “I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know much about a cappella music,’” she says. “It’s so different from me. But I checked it out, and they’re frickin’ awesome. Their show is so entertaining.”
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A cappella group has groovy tunes for Knoxville (Don)

By Claire Dodson
The Daily Beacon
November 14, 2013

The questions asked are:
How did you make the decision to rejoin Straight No Chaser?

What was it like transitioning from the 9-to-5 job into one where you were well known and performing a lot?

Did it affect your family life or your personal life when you rejoined?

Have you noticed a progression in how you all worked together in 1999 versus the present?

What is most important in performing a cappella music? What things do you have to keep in mind while you’re performing?

Do you have a moment that was really big for you?

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Gentleman’s Rule: A Measure Away from A Cappella Fame (Dan)

Nicely done, ladies! Be sure to check out AcaFanBase for more "News, views, and reviews by acafans, for acafans"!


By Dottie Kovacs and Kristin Crowder
October 27, 2013
AFB: How has your past experience working with SNC’s first PBS special helped?

Dan: Putting the first SNC special together was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in the music business. I think I have a good understanding of the hard work that’s involved on and off stage to pull something like this off. You can’t cut corners.

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Hat Tip: @AcaFanBase

Former deputy DA now serves a cappella with Straight No Chaser (Don)

By Stacy Nick
The Coloradoan
October 24, 2013
The group’s label told them to make a wish list of artists they’d like to work with. “Not a list of people we might get to work with us but people that would be amazing to have on an album,” Nottingham said. “These names are just absolutely mind blowing... I mean, a Beatle! It’s hard to beat that.”

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Hat Tip: @BreakOfDon

Straight No Chaser: Finding the sweet spot in pop (Don)

Nice, with one minor correction - Randy is not "the sole founding member still performing in the group." Walter, Charlie, Dave, Jerome, and Steve are also founding members and can be seen in the original "12 Days" video.  

By Jaci Webb
Billings Gazette
October 18, 2013
Nottingham began performing with the group full time in 2010 after giving up his day job as deputy district attorney in Jefferson Country, Colo.

“It was a really good job that I enjoyed,” Nottingham said. “People think of music as a creative pursuit, but when I was a lawyer I was a trial lawyer and part of my job was connecting with 12 individuals sitting in front of me. There are times when I would think how to get a message across to them just like I do in singing.”
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Nationally-renowned a cappella group to kick off Stephens Auditorium 2013-14 season (Tyler)

By Anthony Capps
Ames Tribune
October 13, 2013
The 11-track album features covers of some well-known songs like The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” as well as guest performers Phil Collins (“Against All Odds”), Elton John (“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”), Stevie Wonder (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”) and Dolly Parton (“Jolene”) performing some of their well-known songs.
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Straight Talk (Tyler)

By David Burke
The Quad-City Times
October 12, 2013
Trepp said he and the other arrangers work on songs on their own and then present them to the group.

"We record a bunch of songs," he said. "Some of them make it, some don't. It's kind of a longer process, but we're very happy with what comes out."
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Straight No Chaser transforming favorite songs into something new (Seggie)

By Jason Bracelin
September 26, 2013
“We look for something that would lend itself to harmonies and maybe a change in style, a change in tempo,” Isho says of how the group assesses a song when deciding whether it will work in a cappella form.
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HSE Grad Ryan Ahlwardt, Veteran 'Straight No Chaser' Performer, Singing A New Tune

By Kara Reibel
Fishers Community Newsletter
September 17, 2013

“Few people ever find their true calling in life, and you have found two,” said Ryan’s father-in-law about the switch from professional singer to Fishers Area Director for Young Life.

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Hat Tip: @ryansongs

Straight Talk From Straight No Chaser (Seggie)

I love the longer interviews - the guys get to answer more than the usual questions. Nice job, Seggie!

By Jay Smith
August 30, 2013

The questions asked are:
If we were to go backstage right before a Straight No Chaser gig, would we find a lot of water, throat lozenges and other aids for the proper care and feeding of voices?

How do you take care of your voice?

That has to be easier said than done. What with meet and greets and shaking hands with a new group of people on every show day, that must increase the chances of catching a bug.

But out of 10 singers touring in the group, there’s probably someone that has a frog in his throat.  How do you cover for that?

How does Straight No Chaser select songs to sing?

Is the origin of a song – who wrote it or who had the hit with it – important when considering it for performances?

You have a version of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” that also features Elton John on vocals. Did he come in and recut the vocal or did he supply you with a recording?

Speaking of entourages – does Straight No Chaser have an entourage?

Considering all the time the members of Straight No Chaser spends together, is there a trick to getting along with each other?

Along the same line I’m guessing that the group closes ranks, so to speak, whenever there’s a perceivable threat to one of the members – kind of an all-for-one vibe?

What moves Straight No Chaser from town to town?

What do you see when you look out into the audience?

There was a time when members of bands would take on specific roles. That is, there would be a cute guy, a joker, a serious person and so on. Do members of Straight No Chaser take on similar roles?

Is there a lady’s man in the bunch?

Whenever you hear a song, say on the radio or TV, do you automatically begin breaking it down into a Straight No Chaser arrangement?

What was your background before joining Straight No Chaser?

Are there acts you would like to work with?

What would you like to tell the world about Straight No Chaser and the upcoming tour?

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Hat Tip: @betty897x

Interview: Straight No Chaser (Randy)

By Rick Florino
Artist Direct
August 26, 2013

The questions asked are:
With Under the Influence, was it important to preserve the original song's integrity while adding your own stamp?

Under the Influence also allows the respective artists a chance to re-approach their songs.

What was the curation process like for what artists you chose to work with? Did you vote on it?

Which guest surprised you the most?

How do you make each tour a different experience for yourselves and the fans?

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Hat Tip: @SNCmusic

Steve Morgan Living The Dream For A Second Time & Performing At Harrah’s Resort For A First With Straight No Chaser

By jmarmo
Atlantic City Blog
August 15, 2013

TAC: How has it been performing with Straight No Chaser again?

Steve Morgan: It’s been a blast. Being up on stage is an unparalleled feeling. It’s been nothing but a joy to be back with my friends.

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Hat Tip: @SNCmusic

Pentatonix to perform in Red Bank

Ed Condran
Asbury Park Press
July 17, 2013
The success of a cappella act Straight No Chaser is encouraging for Pentatonix.“They’re doing great and that proves that there is room for a cappella groups,” Hoying said.
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Straight No Chaser at Wolf Trap

By Jessica Vaughan
DC Metro Theater Arts
July 1, 2013
The group is known for the magical way they improve on originals, as well as their medleys, and a sneaky sense of humor. All were on display.

The second song was cut short when soloist Jerome Collins fainted in the heat, which was scary for a moment but he was back onstage for the next number and cracked jokes the rest of the night about it.

...Collins said at the end, “I am never going to live this down.”
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Hat Tip: @lynnholle

In the article she mentions that the other guys "fainted" themselves at every opportunity to tease Jerome. Here are a couple of those moments caught on video.

Hi-De-Ho angle 1 (video credit: Tara Marie Ahn)

Hi-De-Ho angle 2 (video credit: CmonEileenR)

Somebody That I Used to Know / Seggie's Intro (video credit: jfuter1)

She also mentions that SNC was actually prevented by the venue from doing their normal post-show meet & greet because of a downpour. This is only the second time I can think of that they didn't do one (the first time being the night they had to rush off immediately after their show to sing "One Voice" in AC with Barry Manilow during his show). It was obvious the guys felt badly about missing it.

lol! Quite the memorable show! I know we're all VERY glad that Jerome was okay. :o)

A cappella sensation Straight No Chaser preps for Wolf Trap (Seggie)

Staggering response fuels Summer of Influence Tour
By Cara Hedgepeth
Fairfax Times
June 28, 2013
“I can’t explain the feeling when you get a phone call saying Elton John wants to work with you,” Isho said.
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Straight No Chaser hitting all the right notes (Charlie)

lol "Chase-i-fied" Although I really like her writing style! Nicely done.

By Melissa Ruggieri
Access / The Music Scene
June 26, 2013
“We always encourage our audience to have fun and be a little rowdy,” Mechling said. “We really welcome it.”
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Hat Tip: @ChastainParkAmp

Third Time, Still Charmed (Jerome)

Straight No Chaser rides the a cappella wave back to Chautauqua
By Sean Philip Cotter
The Chautauquan Daily
June 22, 2013
Collins said he thinks listeners find a cappella refreshing. He compared his group to a cool glass of lemonade, sipped while sitting in the shade of a tree on a hot summer’s day.
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Straight No Chaser opens Chautauqua's season (Tyler)

This is one of those questions you only have if you read a lot of SNC articles like I do: It mystifies me why articles will mention Seggie by full name and not the other nine. I understand the Sargon/Seggie, but then shouldn't it be Sargon "Seggie" Isho? Why do they always add the David? Are they really mentioning his full name during the interview every single time? I'm starting to think it's a SNC inside joke or something. lol  

Update: I asked SNC Tell-All Tuesday/Seggie on Twitter if he knew why, and Seggie replied that he'd never even noticed that was happening. He assumed it had something to do with him being in trouble, though. haha So, the mystery continues!  


By Dave Richards
Erie Times-News
June 20, 2013
Each member likes to suggest songs; not all of them make it to the stage. But Trepp is proud of the contribution he dreamed up with Sargon David Isho ("Seggie").

"We do a medley that's theme songs that didn't have words; they had melodies everyone knew. I thought it'd be funny to put words to them, and Seggie helped with the lyrics with it," Trepp said. "We got it in the set and it's one of our most popular songs."
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Doo Wop 'N' Bop

Walt and Don also shared some great stories about another group they were in together called "Delusions of Grandeur" in the premier episode of Walt's podcast, The Chase! #pirates

Thanks for sharing this fantastic throwback memorabilia with us lately, Randy!

ACB Interview: Straight No Chaser (Walter)

By Mike Chin
A Cappella Blog
May 22, 2013

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Hat Tip: @SNCWalt

ACB also reviewed Under the Influence.

Review: Straight No Chaser shows more talent, less novelty in local show

I, too, am a fan of the Walt growl. ;o)

Concert at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown proves the group's staying power, showmanship.
By John J. Moser
The Morning Call
May 12, 2013
Its singers, which include Allentown native Jerome Collins and Forks Township native Walter Chaser, are as talented, or more so, than most singers on the charts these days. Its show is filled with sly, intelligent humor. It's visually engaging. And, of course, every song is a hit.
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Straight No Chaser's Walter Chase talks about new album with music's top names, new member, return to Allentown

Another excellent piece by Mr. Moser! I like that he allows for longer answers and he gets to ask them different questions then the average article writer.

By John J. Moser
The Morning Call
May 10, 2013
“We were working with several different managers and trying to get which track we should do. We were mixing out of several different studios. So it was a big undertaking for the group. We did the majority of the recording in Los Angeles last summer and it took until almost May, almost another year, for us to get all the pieces in line. So this is something – not only because we have artists like Stevie Wonder and Elton John on the album are we super excited about it, it’s just been a long time coming for this album. And to have a lot of new material – some that we’ve been performing in our live shows, but a lot of songs that are brand new – it’s very exciting for us."
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Take 6, at the Blue Note

By Nate Chinen
The New York Times
May 9, 2013
Which points toward Reason No. 3: this group still does some things that no one else in its field can touch. That’s true even in the face of a newish mainstream a cappella boom, spearheaded by groups like Straight No Chaser, which released its fourth album on Atlantic this week. As it happens, the members of Straight No Chaser sat conspicuously at a front table during this set; their new album, “Under the Influence,” was produced by Mark Kibble.
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Hat Tip: @betty897x

Straight No Chaser Proves You Don’t Need Instruments To Rock (Charlie, Randy)

By Gary Wien
Jersey Arts blog Culture Vultures
May 7, 2013
(Randy) "That’s what’s most fulfilling — changing people’s minds. We really want people to see a cappella in a different way than what they might have had pre-programmed in their head.”
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