Street Corner Symphony, the hit a cappella group seen on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” will bring their unique vocal talents to the stage at Tusculum College on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The six-man group will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum College campus. The concert is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2011-12 performance and lecture series.
Headquartered in Nashville, Street Corner Symphony gained national attention as the runner-up in season two of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” a competition between 16 top a cappella vocal groups. The group brought a unique laid-back southern soul to the competition, demonstrating notable influences from artists like Take 6 and Alison Krauss.
Since the competition, the group has headlined its own shows, toured with “The Sing Off” judge Ben Folds and even performed at the wedding of Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
While Street Corner Symphony thrills listeners with a diverse repertoire, the group has a rich heritage in gospel music as two of the members are grandsons of the legendary southern gospel tenor Bill Shaw of the Blackwood Brothers. Five of the six members are sons of preachers and grew up singing and learning music in church.
The group was formed in May 2010 by Jon McLemore and features two sets of brothers as well as the two other unrelated members who each bring a unique background and character to the group.
Jon McLemore sings tenor and lead for Street Corner Symphony and does vocal percussion for the group when needed. He began his career in a cappella at age 19 and has received numerous Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards and nominations as a solo artist, as a member of Four Shadow, No Joe and the McLemore Brothers.
Mark McLemore is the group’s resident operatic baritone and helps out with vocal percussion duties from time to time. He received two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in 2008 for his work on the McLemore Brothers record “Sunday Drive.”
Richie Lister primarily sings baritone, but has a tremendous range and can sometimes be heard singing the highest part. He learned to sing from his parents and church music and was able to match pitch with his father at age 2. He and fellow band member and brother, Jeremy, are grandsons of renowned southern gospel tenor Bill Shaw of The Blackwood Brothers. He is a keyboardist and songwriter and has spent the last 15 years playing in various rock bands.
Jeremy Lister sings tenor and lead for Street Corner Symphony. He traveled through Europe with his parents as a youth, a trip that changed his perspective on life and music. Upon returning to the States, he began exploring different musical outlets, ranging from an a cappella quartet to a progressive rock band. Setting out on his own in 2003, Jeremy moved to Nashville bringing his first EP “Shooting Star” with him. In 2005, he released his second EP, “So Far,” and quickly gained the attention of Warner Bros. Records, with whom he signed a record deal in 2007 and released a digital album. More recently, Jeremy has toured with Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat as well as selling out his own headlining shows in and around the Nashville area.
Adam Chance is the only member of Street Corner Symphony who is not a minister’s son. He learned to sing in the shower, learned music theory in marching band, plays a number of instruments and is a songwriter.
John Martin is the high tenor for Street Corner Symphony. John was selected as a winner of the state National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) auditions for Alabama, as well as to have been chosen as a two-time finalist in auditions for the world renowned Chanticleer.
Admission to the concert is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 years of age and over and $5 for children under 12.
For more information about the concert, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at http://arts.tusculum.edu