Whitney Hale

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UK acoUstiKats to Compete on NBC's 'Sing-Off'

Published: Nov 18, 2013

 

"The Sing-Off" season 4 promo

"The Sing-Off" season four promo. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2013) – The acoUstiKats, a popular University of Kentucky a cappella group, are among 10 groups who have been selected to compete in the fourth season of NBC's "The Sing-Off." The competition featuring the country's top a cappella groups will begin airing 9 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 9.

 

The acoUstiKats performing a cover "Wake Me Up" by Avicii.  
 

Described as having, "Southern charm with a whole lot of swag," the acoUstiKats were founded in 1993 during Director of UK Choral Activities Jefferson Johnson's first semester at UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. As a subsection of the nationally renowned UK Men’s Chorus, this 12-member group serves to promote and encourage male singing of all ages. The acoUstiKats have traveled the world performing in all venue sizes, but "The Sing-Off" will truly be their biggest challenge to date.

 

To get a sneak peek of the Kats, music lovers can find the group online on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

 

UK students competing as the acoUstiKats on "The Sing-Off" are:

·       coach and tenor Jordan Lindsey, from Paducah, Ky.;

·       coach, arranger and tenor Nick Johnson, from Frankfort, Ky.;

·       business manager and tenor Evan Jennings Pulliam, from Lexington;

·       marketing coordinator and baritone Jeremy Michael Lewis, from Rockford, Ill.;

·       tenor Ross Hill, from Lexington;

·       tenor Peter Gibbons, from Lexington;

·       tenor Ron Wilbur, from Austell, Ga.;

·       tenor Charlie McManus, from Fairfax, Va.;

·       baritone Patrick Banks, from Frankfort, Ky.;

·       baritone Mason Stewart from Paducah, Ky.;

·       bass Mike Owens. from Louisville, Ky.; and

·       vocal percussionist and baritone Banks Mattingly, from Maysville, Ky.

 

On "The Sing-Off," each a cappella group will perform show-stopping numbers with no lip-synching, backup bands or safety net. They'll sing music from today's top pop chart, to R&B, rock, country and more. Performers will be critiqued by celebrity judges and vocalists Ben Folds, of Ben Folds Five; Jewel; and Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men. One group will be eliminated each episode. The last group standing will be awarded a $100,000 prize and an Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract.

 

"The Sing-Off" is hosted by Nick Lachey, host of "The Winner Is," solo artist and member of 98 Degrees. The holiday series will run for seven episodes culminating with the last show set to air 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

 

The acoUstiKats are one of only two university-affiliated groups chosen to compete this season. The other a cappella groups joining the acoUstiKats on the "The Sing-Off" are: Calle Sol, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Element, from New York City; The Filharmonic, from Los Angeles; Home Free, from Minneapolis; The Princeton Footnotes, from Princeton, N.J.; Street Corner Renaissance, from Los Angeles; Ten, from Dallas; Vocal Rush, from Oakland, Calif.; and Voiceplay, from Orlando, Fla.

 

Local audiences can catch the acoUstiKats next performing at UK School of Music's "Collage" holiday concerts Dec. 7 and 8.

 

If you would like more information about the acoUstiKats on "The Sing-Off," contact publicity manager Jeremy Michael Lewis at 815-985-7857 or email at theacoustikats@gmail.com.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

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