To demonstrate the power of its collective voice, Committed, an a cappella group that won Season Two of NBC’s The Sing-Off, left one of the show’s judges in tears after singing Michael Jackson’s “Hold My Hand.”
That harmonic tour de force will make a stop in West Chester at 7:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, courtesy of WCU Live!, a division of the Department of Cultural and Community Affairs.
The five members of Committed all met as college students at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., and to say that they inspire people through their music is an understatement. Their lush melodies and an astoundingly varied repertoire have secured them a 2016 Grammy nomination and comparisons to Boyz II Men.
“The beauty of a cappella is that you can take any type of music and make it your own,” said Geston Pierre, 29, a native of Naples, Fla. “We do jazz, hip-hop, R&B, pop, and even rock.”
Consequently, Pierre and the rest of Committed are often approached by fans and told that they perform a song better than its original artist.
“We hear that a lot,” said Pierre. “And we tell them that it’s not that we sing it better. It’s just that we interpret it a little differently, and that they like our interpretation.”
Committed’s four other members include Dennis Baptiste, Robert Pressley, Maurice Staple, and Theron Thomas, a native of Wilmington, Del. And their rise to stardom was televised to America.
“Winning The Sing-Off, the moment the confetti came down, was so surreal,” said Pierre, a bass vocalist who is actually not a bass, but a tenor with a lower register. “That was the moment we transitioned from amateurs to professionals.”
The quintet will perform a mix of original and cover music in West Chester.
“Since we’ll be in the Philadelphia area, you might expect to hear some Boyz II Men,” said Pierre.
Just a small sampling of their music is all that’s necessary to understand that these young men are a testament that the human voice is more powerful than any instrument.
“As you listen (to Committed), it’s hard to believe sounds like guitars, synthesizers, drums, are all coming from the human voice,” one critic said. “Their vocals are as smooth and refreshing as water, and their harmonies will raise the hair on your arms.”
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Click on the video below to listen to Committed’s first performance on The Sing-Off.