Two years after the last season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” aired — and following the success of the movie “Pitch Perfect” and Internet phenomenon Pentatonix, who won Season 3 — a cappella singing is en vogue again. Zap2it spoke with each of the groups competing in Season 4 of the reality competition. Up next: VoicePlay, an Orlando-based group with a secret weapon.
VoicePlay, one of the groups competing on “The Sing-Off” Season 4, has a secret weapon: Honey LaRochelle, their fiery-haired female singer. The formerly all-male group began in high school as a barbershop quartet. “We kind of evolved our sound through the years and added a fifth guy,” explains Geoff Castellucci. “For ‘The Sing-Off’ we wanted a little more of an edge of a sound, so we decided to put out a call to a good friend of ours, Honey, and she’s adding a spark.”
Castellucci says the group’s sound is contemporary pop, but with a “throwback edge,” covering artists from Ke$ha to TLC, Smashmouth to Stevie Wonder. LaRochelle sums it up as “wild, quirky, edgy, fun pop.” Adds Layne Stein, “but it has little hints of other genres popping in and out, whether it’s R&B, soul, punk, dubstep.”
Essentially, there’s a little bit of everything. “That’s the thing with a cappella — you can do anything,” Castellucci says. “Everything works, so it’s kind of hard to pigeonhole yourself into one genre.”
VoicePlay landed in the bottom two during the Season 4 premiere, but LaRochelle says the group isn’t discouraged by their placement — in fact, they’re excited at the opportunity to improve after hearing real, solid feedback from the judges.
“The coolest thing about being on ‘The Sing-Off’ is the opportunity to perform for people who have influenced us so much growing up,” she says. “These artists who are here to judge us are actually huge role models for us and people we’ve looked up to for years. It’s really cool that not only do we get to perform for them, but we get to hear feedback — real, honest feedback.”