Accafellas

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The Accafellas
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MSU Accafellas, 2008-2009
Background information
Also known as The Fellas
Origin East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Genres A Cappella
Years active 1996–present
Labels Collegiate
Website Official Site
Members Duncan Cooper
Alan Good
Brad Larsen
Andrew Lee
Andy Breitbarth
Nate O'Sullivan
Connor Ralph
Jonathan Schiff
Evan Taylor
Colin McCarthy
Nitish Pahwa

The Accafellas are an all-male, collegiate a cappella group from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Founded in 1996, the group typically has eight (occasionally nine) singers. The Accafellas have released five CDs to date, and are currently producing a sixth. Their arrangement of Jason Mraz's You and I Both appeared on the Best of College A Capella (BOCA) compilation in 2006. In 2010, The Accafellas performed their arrangements of Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn and Would You Go With Me in Nashville, Tennessee before the CMA Music Festival with Josh Turner.[1]

The group often sings at events on the campus of Michigan State, dorms, weddings (often of Accafellas' alumni) as well as various locations around the nation. The group has performed at The White House, as well as Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's personal residence.

History[edit]

In 1997, the Accafellas released their debut album, Accafellas Volume I. It is currently out of print. In 1998, at the University of Michigan’s Monsters of A Cappella concert, the relatively new Accafellas received a standing ovation from a pro-wolverine crowd. In 2000, the Accafellas released a second album, appropriately "Accafellas Volume II". In 2004, the Accafellas released "Accafellas Volume III". The album feels much more produced than the first two albums, and would be a great influence on future Accafellas' members as a high-quality album to strive to outdo. In 2006, the Accafellas released "Accafellas Volume IV". Their version of the song You and I Both originally by Jason Mraz appeared on the Best of College a Cappella compilation that year. On April 4, 2009, the Accafellas released "Accafellas Volume V". The album was recorded at Ryan Wert's Elm Street Recording Studio in Lansing, MI. Ryan Wert claimed that Volume V was "The most ambitious of the CD's (he's) recorded." [2]

On June 11, 2010, the Accafellas performed the song Would You Go With Me with Josh Turner in Nashville, Tennessee, at his fan club party before the CMA Music Festival.[3]

In Addition, The Accafellas have competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). They have won awards at these competitions for their arrangements and soloists, most notably advancing to the regional semi-finals in 2008 and 2013.
In 2012, The Accafellas received two awards at their ICCA quarterfinal. Joe Caigoy won "Best Soloist" singing "Without You", and Jake Przybyla, Duncan Cooper and Richard Hofmeister won "Best Arrangement" for the song "Clocks".
The Accafellas started recording "Accafellas Volume VII" in 2012, most likely for release in 2014.

The Sing-Off[edit]

The Accafellas auditioned for Season 1 of NBC's The Sing-Off. They advanced to the interview stage of the show, and were filmed performing Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" outside of the audition venue.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • Accafellas Volume I (1997) - Out of Print
  • Accafellas Volume II (2000)
  • Accafellas Volume III (2004)
  • Accafellas Volume IV (2006)
  • Accafellas Volume V (2009)
  • Accafellas Volume VI (2011)
  • "Accafellas Volume VII" (TBD)

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