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Street Corner Symphony brings a cappella sound to Tusculum

September 6th, 2011 4:48 am by staff report


   Street Corner Symphony made a name for itself following performances on NBC’s “The Sing Off.”

   The six-man a cappella group will bring its unique vocal talents to Greeneville on Thursday, Sept. 8 for a concert at Tusculum College as part of the Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2011-2012 performance and lecture series.

   Show time is 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on campus.

   Hailing from 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 Lister are grandsons of tenor Bill Shaw. 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 United 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 Lister 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, signing a record deal in 2007 and releasing a digital album. More recently, Jeremy Lister 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 a marching band, plays a number of instruments and is a songwriter.

   John Martin is the high tenor for Street Corner Symphony. Martin was selected as a winner of the state National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Teachers’ National Association auditions for Alabama and is a two-time finalist in auditions for the world renowned Chanticleer.

   Admission to the concert is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 60 and older; and $5 for children younger than 12.

   For tickets or more information, call Tusculum’s Arts Outreach at (423) 798-1620 or visit w w w. a r t s . t u s c u l u m . e d

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