We are absolutely thrilled to have the honor of being in A Cappella Review Board's Picks of 2014 ! Our newest single, Burn, was selected as RARB's Single of the Year!!!! If you still haven't checked it out, you can listen on YouTube for free(see the link below)- we hope you will also feel "destroyed with the beauty there".
We are also so grateful to RARB for picking our prog-rock original, Life of the Mind, as a Track of the Year - AND awarding our EP The Singles: In My Mind an honorable mention for Album of the Year. We're so blessed to be a part of this amazing group of artists - among them our close friends Run For Cover, featured for their amazing single "Ghosts"! We owe a huge, huge thank you to all the members of RARB - especially Jonathan Minkoff, Kimberly Sailor, TeKay, Rob Dietz, and Nicholas Wright - for their incredibly kind words about our music this year. We can't wait to bring you more!
Our newest song, Burn, is now available both as a single and on Youtube for your listening pleasure! For those of you who enjoyed our covers of We Found Love and Bad Moon Rising (feat. Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix), our rendition of Ellie Goulding’s electropop hit is yet another creative re-envisioning of a song you already know and love. Ranging from breathlessly ethereal to fiercely uptempo, Burn captures every stage between the kindling of embers and a full-grown, roaring flame. Arranged, recorded, and edited by Chris Rishel, and mixed and mastered by Bill Hare with album artwork by Chloe Atchue-Mamlet, Jaclyn Sattler, and Chris Rishel, Burn is Voices’ most versatile track yet!
If you enjoy the track, we encourage you to support us by sharing this video or purchasing our single online! Burn is available on both iTunes and Loudr. Play it loud and get loco ‘til the lights out!
We are very proud to announce our six new members for the 2014-2015 season! They are:
We are so excited to have you! Welcome to Voices in Your Head! Thanks so much to everyone who auditioned. Can't wait for an amazing year!
SHE SAID YES!
We are so honored to have sung for a wedding proposal in Millennium Park! Many thanks to The Heart Bandits who invited us to be a part of a truly special moment.
With the help of Coach House Pictures we can share this moment with you.
We send our warmest wishes and congratulations Morgan and Mari. May you have a lifetime of happiness filled with laughter and song :)
Yep, you read that right. We could not be more excited to announce the release of The Singles: In My Mind, a fresh, new compilation combining all our recent singles into one album (with a few extra surprises). Among the surprises is an added bonus track, our previously unreleased original samba, Suena Así! And--as if that weren't enough--for arranging nerds and karaoke lovers alike, the full EP includes instrumental (sans solo) versions of each track so you can jam along with us.
Oh, and did we mention that it's only $5?! 9 songs. $5. (Less if you buy it on iTunes right about now - they're having a sale! Don't say we didn't warn you.)
Wow. We couldn't be more honored to see We Found Love featured on Best of BOCA!! A million thank you's to Varsity Vocals - we're thrilled to be among so many talented groups whose work has made its mark on the past 20 years of a cappella!
Voices in Your Head had a fantastic experience competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella this season. We were so proud to take second at our quarterfinal and advance to the next round of the competition alongside our friends in Northwestern's Purple Haze. It was even more exhilarating to have the opportunity to share the semifinal stage with our UChicago crush, Run For Cover!
Special congratulations are in order to Ana Isabel Martinez, Tyler Neenan, and Jaclyn Sattler for taking home the Outstanding Choreography award at our quarterfinal - as well as our beatboxing bamf Kevin Qian, who won Outstanding Vocal Percussion at both quarters AND semis!
We also want to give a shout-out to our friends in Fundamentally Sound for their killer performance and our buddies in Bare Naked Statues, who will be reppin' the Midwest at finals in NYC; best of luck, guys!
Last but not least, we'd like to send our undying gratitude to Chris Rishel for not only arranging an incredible set but also being our rock throughout this process. Man, we couldn't have done this without you :)
We want to thank Voices Only A Cappella for this honor and congratulate our many insanely talented friends who are also featured!
You can find the whole album on iTunes here.
We're really thrilled that our newest single, Bad Moon Rising, has been selected for this year's Best of Collegiate A Cappella compilation. Thanks to Varsity Vocals for honoring us again this year, and everyone who helped produce the track, especially Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix for providing guest vocals.
Twas the day after tour, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Altogether we slept through at least ten alarms
Far too tired to transport our legs or our arms
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
(Or a couch. Or a floor! "We're not picky," they said)
But we had to return the rental car by noon
So we were forced to say our goodbyes rather soon
There would be no more singing, nor dance, nor VP
Nor holiday carols, nor random harmonies
No more six hour drives nor McDonald's for dinner
But despite all the setbacks, this tour was a winner
Because we knew that every day would be a blast
And though our tour has ended, the music will last
Thanks to all our new friends - and their families, too
None of this would have been possible without you
Now we're all headed home on foot, car, train, or flight
Until 2014, we will be out of sight
In the meantime, in order to end this just right:
"Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!"
Thank you Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin for your warm welcomes and packed auditoriums. During our whirlwind of a week we performed at high schools, were tourists in our own city, and, unsurprisingly, spontaneously burst out into song...along with other shenanigans. Check out our Facebook page and our twitter (@uchicagovoices) for updates on our adventure!
We are very proud to announce our six new members for the 2013-2014 season! They are:
Welcome to Voices in Your Head! Thanks to everyone who auditioned!
Our newest song, Bad Moon Rising, is now available as a single! This reinterpretation of the deceivingly lighthearted rock classic OPB Creedence Clearwater Revival was arranged, recorded, and edited by Chris Rishel, mixed and mastered by Bill Hare, with album artwork by Chloe Atchue-Mamlet. This track is also featuring Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan who adds his own chilling touches to the mix. The single is available for purchase through Loudr and iTunes.
This past week, the 2013 A Cappella Community Award (ACA) nominations were announced. We are so excited that Voices in Your Head has been nominated for 8 ACAs! They are:
Favorite Mixed Collegiate Group
Favorite Collegiate Album: I Used to Live Alone
Favorite Songwriter: Chris Rishel
Favorite Arranger: Chris Rishel
Favorite Competition Set:
Favorite Original A Cappella Song: Life of the Mind
Favorite Music Video:
Favorite Twitter Account: @uchicagovoices
Thank you so much to CASA and the nominators for this huge honor. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and remember to vote.
Voices took home two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards this year. Our song We Found Love won both Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement (Chris Rishel) and Best Mixed Collegiate Song. Thanks to CASA and everyone involved in the making of the track!
We are thrilled to announce three new members of Voices in Your Head! Please give a warm welcome to:
Thanks to everyone who came to Mid-Year Auditions! Decisions were difficult to make, and we encourage everyone to come out again in the fall.
Also, as if there weren't enough good news already, Voices would like to welcome BACK our two old(er) members Zach Denkensohn and Mike Glista. Welcome back fellas, hope you still remember how to sing!
Voices is extremely honored to have been nominated for three Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for Best Scholastic Original ("Life of the Mind"), Best Mixed Collegiate Song ("We Found Love"), and Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement ("We Found Love").
Happy New Year, everyone! We're pleased to release to the world: "Life of the Mind," the first original from our upcoming double-EP! With music/arrangement/solo by Chris Rishel, lyrics by Brianne Holland, mix by Ed Boyer, and master by Earle Holder, we're literally rocking in the new year, and we can't wait to see what 2013 holds!
FOR A LIMITED TIME: If you like what you hear, share the video via this Facebook post (make sure when you share it, it says "via Voices in Your Head", and that the post is set to public, so that we can keep track of everyone!), and we'll send you a FREE download of the track when it's released through A Cappella Records/iTunes/Amazon/etc next month.
"We Found Love" has been selected to appear on the 2013 edition of national compilation album, Best of Collegiate A Cappella (you can check out the full track list, featuring our friends the Nor'Easters, Men in Drag, Fundamentally Sound, and many more, here)! Thank you so much to Varsity Vocals for the honor, and of course to Ed Boyer and Dave Sperandio (of diovoce) for working on the track. We're thrilled, and so thankful for the holiday gift.
Happy holidays, everyone! 2012 has truly been an incredible year for us, and we can't express how grateful we are for all the amazing opportunities and people we've encountered along the way. We're going to cap it all off with the release of our original song, "Life of the Mind," to be released just before the end of the year - stay tuned!
We are proud to announce our seven new members for the 2012-2013 school year! They are:
Welcome to Voices in Your Head! Thanks to everybody who tried out!
Voices in Your Head would like to thank everyone who came out to audition for the 2011-2012 season. We heard a lot of fantastic singers, and after lengthy consideration, we would like to call back the following people for our next round of auditions:
Elisabeth Del Toro
Congratulations to those called back! If you weren't called back, please realize that it is very hard for us to pick just a few names from such a large audition pool. Some of our current members weren't accepted on their first try either, so please consider auditioning again next year!
We are holding auditions for the 2012-2013 school year! Auditions will be held on October 2nd and 3rd in Cobb Hall. You can sign up for auditions either by emailing us directly, or by coming to the Showcase on Monday, October 1st, and signing up with us after we perform.
We are happy to announce that our single Titanium was selected to be on Voices Only 2012! A huge thanks to Corey Slutsky and the folks at Voices Only for the honor. For more information about Voices Only, and to get your own copy of the compilation, click here. Titanium is the fourth Voices in Your Head track to be selected for Voices Only; We're excited to be featured among some of our aca-friends like Oregon On the Rocks, Tufts sQ!, Brandeis VoiceMale, Northeastern University Nor'Easters, and the Michigan G-Men. Happy listening, and don't forget, the music video for Titanium is coming your way soon!
Our newest song, We Found Love, is now available as a single! The track, OPB Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris), was arranged and edited by Chris Rishel, mixed by Ed Boyer and mastered by Dave Sperandio, with album artwork by Rasha El Mouatassim Bih. We Found Love, along with Titanium, won Voices the Outstanding Arrangement award at ICCA quarterfinals and semifinals. The single is available for purchase through A Cappella Records and iTunes.
Voices' newest song, Titanium, is now available as a single through A Cappella Records. You can purchase it through ACR's website or on iTunes. You may recognize the song, OPB David Guetta feat. Sia, as part of our award-winning ICCA and BOSS sets. It also won Chris Rishel the best arrangement award at our ICCA quarterfinal and semifinal. Stay tuned for the music video, which will be coming out this summer!
After a whirlwind weekend in New York City at ICCA Finals, where we placed fourth overall, Voices has settled back into Chicago. A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of our friends, families, and fans who supported us along the road to ICCAs. We're incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and so thankful to Varsity Vocals for providing us with an event we'll never forget. Congratulations to all of the other groups who competed on their amazing work!
This weekend, Voices and Men In Drag traveled to Boston to compete and participate in the first ever Boston Sings a cappella festival at MIT. The weekend yielded several exciting accomplishments for Voices: we won the collegiate competition, which gave us the opportunity to open for the BOSS professional showcase, take a masterclass with Cadence, and record with pro talent.
Voices was also successful at the CARA awards on Friday night: Chris Rishel won for best mixed arrangement, and we placed runner-up in three other categories: best mixed album, song (for I'd Like To) and solo (Elspeth Michaels for "I'd Like To"). Congratulations to all!
Voices in Your Head came in first place at the ICCA Midwest Semifinal this weekend. We are so honored and excited to go to finals at the Town Hall in New York (and you can get tickets here). We are especially proud of Alex Gilewicz and Ryan Bober for their Outstanding Choreography award, and Chris Rishel for winning Outstanding Arrangement. Congratulations to the amazing Dicks and Janes and G-Men for winning runners-up!
|Voices in Your Head has been selected to compete at Boston Sings A Cappella Festival (BOSS) this April. We are so excited to travel to Boston with our friends and co-competitors Men in Drag for a weekend of workshops, concerts, parties and FIERCE COMPETITION. We will also be getting all gussied up for the red carpet (That's right! Red carpet!), as the 2012 CARAs will also be presented live at BOSS. We can't wait!|
Voices in Your Head is so proud to announce that we won first place at our ICCA quarterfinal yesterday! Special congratulations are due to Chris Rishel for taking home the Outstanding Arrangement award for both We Found Love and Titanium; and to Alex Gilewicz and Ryan Bober for winning Outstanding Choreography. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us get to this amazing moment, and all our fans who came out to DeKalb to support us. Also, congratulations to first runner-up The Xtension Chords: we'll see you guys at Semifinals!
This week, the 2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations were announced. We are proud to announce that Voices in Your Head has been nominated for 5 CARAs! They are:
Best Mixed Collegiate Album: I Used to Live Alone
Best Mixed Collegiate Song: I'd Like To
Thank you so much to CASA and the nominators for this huge honor.
We are proud to announce that our album I Used to Live Alone is now available through A Cappella Records' HD store. The ACR HD bundle comes with the album (in sparkly HD), full color digital booklet, 11 "instrumental" tracks, concept album details, lyrics for every track, and lots of other goodies. It's also only $9.99 when you buy in HD from the A Cappella Records website (that's cheaper than the regular AND deluxe versions on iTunes).
We are so excited to announce the start of our East Coast Winter Break Tour, a first-ever for Voices. We'll be hitting up Ithaca, Boston and finally New York, singing with some amazing collegiate groups: Brandeis Voicemale, Cornell Last Call, Ithacapella, The MIT Chorallaries, and Tufts sQ!. We'll be capping off our week-long tour with a performance in Times Square with The Red States. Along the way, we'll also be performing at high schools, connecting with alumni, and generally bonding as a
cultgroup. Check out our events page for dates and details of gigs, and make sure to keep an eye on our blog and our twitter (@uchicagovoices) for updates on tour shenanigans!
Our original song, Sharp, has been chosen by The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) for their newest compilation album, Sing 8: Too Cubed. We are so honored to be chosen again (from a record number of submissions, AND as only one of three scholastic originals!) after last year's appearance of Boomerang on Sing 7. The album will be available on iTunes or a-cappella.com starting November 14th, but in the meantime...
"Sharp" is now available for listening on YouTube!
Now you, too, can sing along to what CASA has dubbed the "Best. Syllables. Ever." Enjoy!
Earlier today, the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) released a very positive review of our latest album, I Used to Live Alone (available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, or uBazaar). We are thrilled to have been given an overall score of 4.7 (on a 5pt scale), and are so grateful to the reviewers (Jonathan Minkoff, Robert Dietz, and Nick Anderson-Frey) for their kind words. We're glad you enjoyed the album, and are already working on our next project - stay posted!
Here are some of our favorite snippets from the reviews:
"[Voices in Your Head] has become one of the fastest rising stars in collegiate a cappella... Any college group that finds itself simply imitating covers will have its world opened up with a few listens to Voices' relentless creativity." --Jonathan Minkoff
"From the sleek concept of the jacket art, to the thoughtful execution of its original material, there is no question that we're being treated to something with vision." --Robert Dietz
"I Used to Live Alone is a supremely professional effort from Voices in Your Head, a talented and ambitious collegiate group... The album is polished, with Voices in Your Head exhibiting the most consistent group sound I've heard in a collegiate a cappella group since the Tufts Beelzebubs on Code Red... A cappella is gradually becoming cooler and cooler, and it appears that Voices in Your Head is at the forefront of this movement." --Nick Anderson-Frey