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Rockapella
Rockapella performs in Freeport, Maine in 2003
Rockapella performs in Freeport, Maine in 2003
Background information
Origin Flag of the United States New York, New York, USA
Genre(s) A Cappella
Years active 1986 — Present
Label(s) Shakariki Records
Amerigo Records
J-Bird Records
Rentrak Records
ForLife Records
Website Rockapella.com
Members
Scott Leonard
Jeff Thacher
Kevin Wright
George Baldi III
John K. Brown
Former members
David Stix
Charlie Evett
Steve Keyes
Sean Altman
Barry Carl
Elliott Kerman
Greg Lee

Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group best known for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song. "Rockapella" is a portmanteau of "rock" and "a cappella". In addition to original vocal music, the group also perform a cappella covers of pop songs. Image:Rockapella-LLBean-Concert. ... Freeport, Maine Freeport is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Charles S. (Scott) Leonard is a singer with the group Rockapella, the house band on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego on PBS (1991-1995). ... Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group, known best for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song. ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... Folgers Coffee is a major brand of coffee in the US, part of the food and beverage division of Procter & Gamble. ... Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego is a song made famous by the vocal group Rockapella, and currently performed by that group as well as former group leader Sean Altman, who co-wrote the song with David Yazbek. ... A portmanteau (IPA pronunciation: RP, US) is a word or morpheme that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ...


The original group members consisted of Brown University alumni Elliott Kerman, David Stix, Sean Altman, and Steve Keyes, who started performing together sheerly out of their love for music. Stix left the group early on and was replaced with Charlie Evett. After having performed on New York City street corners for passers-by the group met a producer who found them a spot on the television show Spike & Co.: Do It A Cappella, hosted by Spike Lee. It was this show that put them in the national spotlight. [1] Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ...


The text "All sounds provided by the voices and appendages of Rockapella," the central idea of the group, appears on the group's label debut, Don't Tell Me You Do.


None of the original members of Rockapella currently remain in the group. Founding members Sean Altman and Steve Keyes, Rockapella alum Charlie Evett, and non-Rockapella-related baritone Kevin Weist now comprise an a cappella group called The GrooveBarbers. They can be seen on a current nationwide television ad for Astelin nasal spray as 'The Astelins'. Founding member Elliott Kerman, is working independently on jazz music compilations. Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... Azelastine hydrochloride is an antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer available as a nasal spray (Astelin®) for hay fever and as eye drops (Optilar®) for allergic conjunctivitis. ...


Frequently, songs downloaded on file-sharing programs are mis-tagged as Rockapella, when they are instead by other a cappella artists, including collegiate groups, Moxy Früvous, The Nylons, and Da Vinci's Notebook, as well as for other, less similar acts, such as Eddie From Ohio, or They Might Be Giants. This article or section should be merged with peer-to-peer. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... Moxy Früvous is a folk-pop/geek-rock band from the Toronto, Ontario area. ... The Nylons are an a cappella group founded in 1979 in Canada, best known for their covers of The Turtles Happy Together, Steams Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, and The Tokens version of the traditional The Lion Sleeps Tonight. These songs appeared on the bands most... Da Vincis Notebook (or simply DVN) is a comedic a cappella singing group. ... Eddie From Ohio (or often just EFO) is an American folk band. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh that formed in 1982. ...

Contents

Membership history

(1986-1987)
(1987-1989)
  • Steve Keyes - High tenor
  • Sean Altman - Tenor
  • Elliott Kerman - Baritone
  • Charlie Evett - Bass
(1989-1991)
  • Steve Keyes - High tenor
  • Sean Altman - Tenor
  • Elliott Kerman - Baritone
  • Barry Carl - Bass
(1991-1993)
(1993-1997)
(1997-2002)
(2002-2004)
  • Scott Leonard - High tenor
  • Kevin Wright - Tenor
  • Elliott Kerman - Baritone
  • George Baldi III - Bass
  • Jeff Thacher - Vocal percussion
(2004-Present)
  • Scott Leonard - High tenor
  • Kevin Wright - Tenor
  • John K. Brown - Tenor
  • George Baldi III - Bass
  • Jeff Thacher - Vocal percussion

A tenor is a singer with a voice range from approximately C3 (one octave below middle C) to A4 (above middle C) in choral music, or to tenor C (C5, one octave above middle C) or higher in operatic music (see voice type). ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the deepest vocal range of the human voice. ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... Charles S. (Scott) Leonard is a singer with the group Rockapella, the house band on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego on PBS (1991-1995). ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... Charles S. (Scott) Leonard is a singer with the group Rockapella, the house band on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego on PBS (1991-1995). ... Sean Altman in one of many costumes on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Sean Altman (born May 9, 1961) is a founder and former lead singer of the singing group Rockapella and a pioneer of the modern a cappella movement. ... Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group, known best for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song. ... Vocal percussion is the art of creating sounds with ones mouth that approximate, imitate, or otherwise serve the same purpose as a percussion instrument, whether in a group of singers, an instrumental ensemble, or solo. ... Charles S. (Scott) Leonard is a singer with the group Rockapella, the house band on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego on PBS (1991-1995). ... Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group, known best for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song. ... Charles S. (Scott) Leonard is a singer with the group Rockapella, the house band on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego on PBS (1991-1995). ... Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group, known best for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song. ... Charles S. (Scott) Leonard is a singer with the group Rockapella, the house band on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego on PBS (1991-1995). ... Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group, known best for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song. ...

Temporary members

  • Kenny X - Vocal percussion (1992/1993)
  • David Yazbek - Vocal percussion (1992) (on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego)

David Yazbek wrote the lyrics to the musical adaptation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. ...

Discography

Domestic releases

Release Date Album Line-up Label
June
2004
Live In Japan Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Baldi, Thacher Shakariki Records
November
2002
Comfort & Joy Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Baldi, Thacher Amerigo Records
Re-released on Shakariki Records in 2004
August
2002
Smilin' Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Baldi, Thacher Amerigo Records
Re-released on Shakariki Records in 2004
March
2001
In Concert Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher J-Bird Records
Re-released on Shakariki Records in 2004
October
2000
Christmas Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher J-Bird Records
Re-released on Shakariki Records in 2004
March
2000
2 Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher J-Bird Records
Re-released on Shakariki Records in 2004
February
1999
Don't Tell Me You Do Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher J-Bird Records
Re-released on Shakariki Records in 2004
Summer
1997
Rockapella aka 'Devilbaby' Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher Independent
Summer
1996
Lucky Seven Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher Independent
Summer
1995
Primer Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher Independent

Live In Japan is an album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Comfort & Joy is a holiday album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Smilin is a studio album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... In Concert is an album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Christmas is the sixth and first holiday album released by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... 2 is a fifth studio album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Dont Tell Me You Do is a studio album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Rockapella aka Devilbaby is a studio album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Lucky Seven is a studio album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ... Primer is a debut studio album by the a cappella group Rockapella. ...

International releases

Year Album Line-up Label
2002 More Than Ever Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher Rentrak Records
2002 In Concert Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher Rentrak Records
2001 Christmas Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Carl, Thacher Rentrak Records
November
1996
Lucky Seven:
Memories And Dreams
Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher For Life Records
November
1995
Best Fest Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher For Life Records
November
1994
Out Cold Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher ForLife Records
April
1994
Vocobeat Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher ForLife Records
December
1992
Bash! Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl ForLife Records
May
1992
From N.Y. Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl ForLife Records
May
1992
To N.Y. Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl ForLife Records

Compilation releases

Year Album Line-up Song
2002 20 Christmas Stars, Vol. IV Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Baldi, Thacher "Merry Christmas Darling"
1996 Voices Only: A Cappella Originals Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher "Bed Of Nails"
1993 Carmen Sandiego: Out of This World Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl "Big Wet Rag"
1993 Put On Your Green Shoes Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl "Light Of The Sun" w/Richie Havens
1993 Muppet Beach Party Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl "PapaOomMowMow"
1992 Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl "Capital", "Everything To Me", "My Home", "Let's Get Away From It All", "Indiana", "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
1992 Modern A Cappella Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl "Zombie Jamboree"
1991 Zappa's Universe Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl "Elvis Has Left The Building", "Heavenly Bank Account"
1990 Spike Lee & Company: Do It A Cappella Keyes, Altman, Kerman, Carl "Zombie Jamboree " & "Under The Boardwalk"

Unaffiliated releases

Release Date Album Line-up Label
Summer 2005 Live At Duo Music Exchange Leonard, Wright, Kerman, Baldi, Thacher Duo Records
Summer 2004 Best A Cappella Leonard, Altman, Kerman, Carl, Thacher ForLife Records

Solo/Other CDs

  • The OGs Featuring Scott Leonard ... Scott Leonard
Release Date Album Artist
May 2007 1 Man 1 Mike Scott Leonard
My Favorites: The Bee Gees Scott Leonard
Nice Kitty Scott Leonard (Fi Ling Fader)
Bluespeel Scott Leonard (Flying Faders)
Unorthodox Sean Altman (What I Like About Jew)
Losing Streak Sean Altman
alt.mania Sean Altman
SeanDEMOnium Sean Altman
The SoLow Project Barry Carl
Glory The Groovebarbers

Songs in commercials

Many people believe Rockapella performed Coca Cola commercials and performed the Gummi Bears theme. These sound clips are available online, but are not Rockapella's work, but rather the Brown Derbies. Miniature Almond Joy in wrapper Miniature Almond Joy Inside a Miniature Almond Joy An Almond Joy is a small candy bar manufactured by Hersheys. ... Mounds is a candy bar made by Hersheys, and is the sister product of Almond Joy. ... Taco Bell Corp. ... Folgers Coffee is a major brand of coffee in the US, part of the food and beverage division of Procter & Gamble. ... A cup of coffee. ... Nacho Cheese Doritos Mexican Nacho Flavored Doritos, Israel (old style) Cool American Flavored Doritos found in Amsterdam. ... Dr Pepper is a caramel-colored, carbonated soft drink marketed in North America by Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB), a unit of Cadbury Schweppes. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Matt Lauer or Matthew Todd Lauer (December 30, 1957)[1] is an American television personality, best known as a co-host of NBCs The Today Show (since 1994)[1] after being a news anchor in New York [2] and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and... Disneys Adventures of the Gummi Bears was an American animated television series that aired in the United States in the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. ...

External links

  • Rockapella.com - Rockapella's Official Website
  • ScottLeonardMusic.com - Scott Leonard's Official Website
  • The Seanosphere - Sean Altman's Official Website
  • ElliottKerman.com - Elliott Kerman's Official Website
  • BarryCarl.com - Barry Carl's Official Website
  • GrooveBarbers.com- The Groovebarber's Official Website

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Rockapella journeyed to Tokyo and made the deal, and as Carmen Sandiego and regular concert appearances around the USA continued, their Japanese activities began to provide a yearly outlet for their growing creativity.
Smilin' marks a big change for Rockapella, as legendary bass singer Barry Carl retires and the group welcomes newcomer and formidable talent George Baldi as his successor, bringing an exciting new edge to the trademark Rockapella sound and opening the group's next chapter of fantastic music-making.
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