OC Times

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OC Times
OCTimesSep2012.jpg
OC Times performing in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2012. From left to right: Shawn York, Sean Devine, Cory Hunt and Patrick Claypool.
Background information
Origin Orange County, California
Years active 2003–present
Website octimesquartet.com
Members Shawn York — tenor
Sean Devine — lead
Patrick Claypool — baritone
Cory Hunt — bass
Past members Drew Harrah – bass

OC Times is a male barbershop quartet affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society. They earned second place silver medals at the International Barbershop Quartet Contest at Denver's Pepsi Center on July 7, 2007,[1] and won the International Quartet Championship on July 5, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. The quartet combines traditional barbershop harmonies with contemporary music styles. The music of OC Times is inspired by artists like Michael Buble, Sinatra, and Elvis.

The quartet's run for the title is featured in the 2009 feature film American Harmony.

Background[edit]

OC Times formed in the spring of 2003 and placed 18th out of 52 quartets in their first Barbershop Harmony Society international quartet competition. The quartet updated its image in January 2005 when Cory Hunt replaced Drew Harrah as the bass singer. With coaching by barbershop veteran Mark Hale, they dressed more casually and broadened their repertoire with non-traditional songs. OC Times' subsequent international competition placement jumped to 5th, 3rd, then 2nd before they won the championship in 2008.[2]

The quartet has earned several other awards and accolades, including being chosen as the society's Far Western District champions in 2004. The group won the 2008 CARA Awards (Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards) for Best Barbershop Song and Best Barbershop Album for their sophomore release, Let's Fly.[3]

All of OC Times are members of the Masters of Harmony, the 8-time gold medalist chorus (including 2011), and the 2007 and 2010 gold medalist Westminster Chorus.[4]

Members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbershop Harmony Society Press Release, July 8 2007
  2. ^ Roose, Kevin (February 2009). "Imperfect Harmony". Spin. Spin Media LLC. p. 65. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ CARA Winners 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e OC Times Bios Page
  5. ^ Del Prado, Guia (2008-08-05). "Geography grad makes sweet music, lands sweet job". Nevada News. University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Max Q
SPEBSQSA International Quartet Champions
2008
Succeeded by
Crossroads