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A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, August 10, 2012

A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing Released by Alfred Music Publishing

Alfred Music Publishing, the official print music publisher of thousands of popular artists, songwriters, and composers, releases A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing, with information on successfully creating and developing an a cappella ensemble from rehearsal room to center stage.

Author Brody McDonald—director of the critically acclaimed Eleventh Hour a cappella group, choral director, and sought-after clinician—along with other a cappella experts provide directors and students an unprecedented guidebook to the art and commerce of pop a cappella singing. With a foreword by Deke Sharon, topics in A Cappella Pop include how to get started, music selection, rehearsal techniques, vocal percussion, sound reinforcement, booking gigs, marketing and promotion, and much more. Additionally, an entire chapter is devoted to McDonald’s award-winning high school a cappella group, Eleventh Hour, and the lessons learned from their experience on NBC’s singing competition show The Sing-Off.

Brody McDonald is at the forefront of the current contemporary a cappella movement. Choirs under his direction have performed regularly for state and national conventions and have appeared with artists such as Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, and the Beach Boys.

The a cappella ensemble Eleventh Hour was featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off, and has had numerous recordings included on the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Association’s Best of High School A Cappella project. Eleventh Hour is also the recipient of several CARA awards, including "Best High School Album" (Electrify) and "Best High School Song" (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town") in 2011, as well as "Best High School Album" (Decade) in 2012.

A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing (00-38006) is now available for $19.99 at music retail stores and at alfred.com.