Straight No Chaser – American Acapella Group – I’m Yours / Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Straight No Chaser – American Acapella Group – I’m Yours / Somewhere Over the Rainbow -

Straight No Chaser (SNC) is a professional Acappella group which originated in 1996 at Indiana University. In 2006, a 1998 video of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” gained widespread popularity and subsequently led to a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2008. The YouTube video has been viewed over 18 million times.

The group formed in 1996 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Their name was inspired by the title track of Thelonious Monk’s 1967 album, Straight, No Chaser.

SNC’s debut was at a 36-hour dance marathon. The original members performed at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park and Navy Pier, opened for Lou Rawls and even toured the country, playing such venues as Carnegie Hall.

In the summers of 2011 and 2012 the group performed 50 shows at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Their 2010 fall tour was a 75-city tour of the United States, Canada, and the UK.

In 2011, Straight No Chaser took a break from their extensive touring to return to Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City for a 52-show Summer Residency with a show, Back to the Shore: Songs Through the Decades and More.

In May 2013 the group released its fourth album on Atlantic Records entitled Under the Influence. The deluxe version of the album is 17 tracks, eight of which feature guest artists Sara Bareilles, Phil Collins, Elton John, Jason Mraz, Dolly Parton, Seal, Rob Thomas, and Stevie Wonder, however most of these tracks involve the group singing over the original songs, not new vocals by the ‘guests’.

In November 2013 the group released a Holiday EP, titled Under the Influence : Holiday Edition including a track with Paul McCartney. In November 2014, the group released a new Christmas track entitled “Text Me Merry Christmas” featuring singer/actress Kristen Bell. And In May 2015, the group will sing Back Home Again in Indiana for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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