"THE BREAK UP" THANKED FOR SHOWCASING A CAPPELLA MUSIC
- "THE BREAK UP" THANKED FOR SHOWCASING A CAPPELLA MUSIC
Chicago musicians applaud "more than barbershop quartets, doo-wop"
CHICAGO, Ill. (June 6, 2006) - The award-winning, Chicago-based a
cappella pop/rock group Vocal Chaos, today publicly thanked everyone
involved in the production of "The Break Up" for showing a more
contemporary side of a cappella music. Vocal Chaos extends their
gratitude to the writers, producers, cast and crew of the new Vince
Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, which briefly features a
humorous performance by a fictitious group of a cappella singers.
"A cappella music, especially men's a cappella, is so much more than
just barbershop quartets and do-wop," said Jeff Swearingen, public
relations director and member of Vocal Chaos. "We believe the movie
will help people recognize today's a cappella sound encompasses
other fun, current and popular genres, even classic rock and pop
While the on-screen group is fictitious, the actors are, in fact,
singers from across the country. The performers include Eric Bradley
(from Los Angeles-based a cappella group Sixth Wave), Gunnar Madsen
(award-winning, Grammy-nominated author, entertainer & songwriter and
founder of the a cappella group, The Bobs) Michael Winther (a
successful Broadway actor) and three members from Vocal Chaos: Sean
P. Gorecki, Paul Peterson, and Karl Solis. The actor portraying the
leader of this group, John Michael Higgins, is also an accomplished a
cappella composer and performer.
"We hope the brief appearance in the movie will make people think
again about a cappella music," commented Paul Peterson, director and
founding member of Vocal Chaos. "This could be just the beginning of
an increase in the interest in contemporary a cappella music."
If you like this kind of music, there's lots of good news on the
- Madsen has recently released his latest CD, "Fall of Troy,"
available in stores everywhere and at http://www.gunnarspot.com.
- Winther has also released his world premiere recording of "Songs
From An Unmade Bed," released by Ghostlight Records and available on
the label's Web site (http://www.sh-k-boom.com/ghostlight),
Amazon.com and in stores.
- The a cappella sextet Sixth Wave (http://www.6thwave.com) has
released their second CD, "It Will Come To You," and recently
toured the Midwest, including a day at Niles North High School,
followed by an evening concert.
- Vocal Chaos recently released their debut EP, "Taste the Chaos:
2006 EP" at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Chicago
Regional competition and will be performing in Schaumburg, IL, on
Labor Day for the city's SeptemberFest, and will sing in
Independence, Iowa, at the town's Fourth of July celebration.
- Independent film maker, Bruce Leddy, is anticipating the release
of, "Shut Up and Sing," a movie about a cappella performers.
For more information about these artists, please contact Jeff
Swearingen (jeff @ vocalchaos.com), Paul Peterson (paul @
vocalchaos.com) or visit the artists' respective Web sites.
About Vocal Chaos:
Vocal Chaos is one of Chicago's most exciting and unique a cappella
bands. Always fresh and fun, their arrangements include classic rock
songs from artists like The Jackson 5, The Rolling Stones and Elvis
Costello, as well as hits from current groups like Tonic, *NSYNC,
Counting Crows and The BoDeans. Celebrating their 10-year anniversary
in 2006, this semi-pro group of actors, consultants, marketers,
students, computer geeks, a playwright and a cartographer performs
throughout the Chicagoland area at sporting arenas, corporate events,
school assemblies, charity functions, a host of other public venues
and even on the big screen. You might have seen them performing at
Soldier Field exclusively for the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer
team), entertaining at SeptemberFest in Schaumburg, IL, or singing
the National Anthem for the World Champion Chicago White Sox. These
guys live to sing the songs you know and love, in a way you've never
heard before. It's all you would expect from your favorite band,
minus the instruments!
Vocal Chaos and this release are not affiliated with Universal
Studios or the movie "The Break Up."
PR Director, Vocal Chaos
jeff @ vocalchaos.com
Paul R. Peterson
Director, Vocal Chaos
paul @ vocalchaos.com
An electronic copy of this press release is available upon request.