Naturally 7

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Naturally 7
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Naturally 7
Background information
Origin New York City
Genres R&B, pop, soul
Years active 1999–present
Labels EMI Germany, Hidden Beach Recordings
Associated acts Sarah Connor, Michael Bublé, Idea of North
Website http://www.naturallyseven.com/
Members Roger Thomas
Warren Thomas
Rod Eldridge
Napoleon "Polo" Cummings
Dwight Stewart
Garfield Buckley
Armand "Hops" Hutton
Past members Jamal Reed
Marcus Davis
Andre Edwards

Naturally 7 is an American music group with a distinct a cappella style they call "Vocal Play". The group was formed in 1999 at New York City. They sing primarily R&B with extensive beatboxing. It currently consists of the Thomas brothers (Roger (musical director, arranger, 1st baritone, rap) and Warren (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor)), Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Napoleon “Polo” Cummings (4th tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trumpet), Garfield Buckley (2nd tenor, harmonica), and Armand “Hops” Hutton (bass guitars).[1] Former members include Jamal Reed, Marcus Davis, and Andre Edwards. They have been touring with, and opening for, Michael Bublé's Crazy Love Tour. They will release their U.S. debut album on October 15, 2014.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Naturally 7 was founded in 1999 by brothers; Roger and Warren Thomas. Recruiting five other singers the brothers had come to know over the years of singing around the city. Roger Thomas developed his singing quality, after being in an out of several and traditional male groups over the years. When the group was invited to sing at a major a cappella competition in New York City, they won and move onto the nationals before they took two more wins for the competition. Riding for their new-found success and still with no decision to have Naturally 7 as an a cappella group, Roger gave away the novel idea of wanting the group to become both.[2][1]

Ready II Fly[edit]

Naturally 7 has released a number of albums over the years since the formation at New York City in 1999, including their first debut studio album entitled Non-Fiction released in 2000, What Is It released in 2003, Christmas... It's a Love Story released in 2004, and Ready II Fly in 2006, released through Virginia Records. The group gained success by the partial cover of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight", titled as "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)", which contains additional lyrics from the group. The performance of the song at a subway has received over four and a half million hits on YouTube alone, and a number of people discovering the group, which adds to a figure daily. The single itself has turned into a Top 3-chart- success in countries outside North America, such as France, Belgium and South Africa, and also made the single charts in other European countries.[1]

Wall of Sound[edit]

In January 2009, the group released Wall of Sound as a exclusive special album in the United Kingdom and Ireland to commemorate their participation at the Royal Variety Performance. It contains known material from their previous albums, as well as five brand new tracks, which entered the British Album-Charts in the first week after release at #29. The group appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing "Stardust" with Michael Bublé. In November 2009, the group travelled to Bermuda, as they took part in Quincy Jones's 2009 Bermuda Music Festival performing before an enthusiastic crowd.[1]

Vocal Play[edit]

The CD/DVD version of Vocal Play, which was released in 2010, contains original self-made tracks, such as "SOS (Anybody Out There)", the power ballad of "Love Me", the Motown-influenced “Ready or Not”, the Latin 768 and a duet with Michael Bublé on the Dinah Washington classic, “Relax Max”. The DVD includes HD live material from their performance at Madison Square Garden, extensive interviews with each group member, as well as their video clips. In fall 2010, the group, along with American rapper Ludacris, were featured on a track that appeared in Quincy Jones's album, Soul Bossa Nostra, which lead them to a performance at The View in November, before continuing on touring with Bublé. Naturally 7 contributed a few songs for the soundtrack of the 2010 German/English dub film Animals United, including "King of the Road", "Splish Splash", "Hokey Pokey", and "Move On Up".[1]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Roger Thomas (musical director, producer, arranger, 1st baritone, rap, keyboard) (1999 ~ present)
  • Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, horn, 3rd tenor) (1999 ~ present)
  • Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, DJ scratching, guitar, trumpet, string) (1999 ~ present)
  • Napoleon “Polo” Cummings (4th tenor, guitar, string) (2010 ~ present)
  • Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trombone) (1999 ~ present)
  • Garfield Buckley (2nd tenor, trumpet, harmonica) (1999 ~ present)
  • Armand “Hops” Hutton (bass guitars) (2006 ~ 2014)

Former[edit]

  • Jamal Reed (4th tenor, guitar, flute, string) (2000 ~ 2010)
  • Marcus Davis (bass guitar) (2000 ~ 2006)
  • Andre Edwards (bass guitar) (2006 ~ 2006)
  • David LaRoche (4th tenor) (1999 ~ 2000)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions[3]
AUS FRA UK
2000 Non-Fiction
2003 What Is It
2006 Ready II Fly 14 64
2009 Wall of Sound 29
2010 Vocal Play
2012 Live
2015 Hidden in Plain Sight

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions[4]
AUT BEL (Vl) BEL (Wa) FRA GER ITA SWI
2003 "Music Is the Key"
(with Sarah Connor)
6 3 11 1 2
2006 "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)" 3 15 55 14

Featured songs[edit]

  • Xavier Naidoo: "Wild vor Wut" (featuring Naturally 7)
  • Quincy Jones: "Soul Bossa Nostra" (featuring Ludacris, Naturally 7, & Rudy Currence) album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
  • Xavier Naidoo: "A New Horizon" (featuring Naturally 7) from the German/English dub film Animals United (2010). A "Vocal Play" version is included on the soundtrack, which was released on December 7, 2010 through Königskinder Music, and is also available on iTunes.[5]

Other songs[edit]

The following songs are included on the soundtrack for the 2010 German/English dub film, Animals United:

  • "King of the Road"
  • "Splish Splash"
  • "Move On Up"
  • "Hokey Pokey"

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