'The Sing-Off': Meet Home Free, the first country a cappella group

home-free-the-sing-off-season-4.jpgIt's been two years since the last season of NBC's "The Sing-Off" aired, but since then -- thanks to the success of the movie "Pitch Perfect" and to 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 to get an idea of what the competition will hold. 

Up next is Home Free, quite possibly the world's very first country a cappella group.

Country music is laden with gorgeous harmonies, so starting a country a cappella group seems like a natural fit. But Home Free, the Minneapolis-based a cappella group competing on "The Sing-Off" Season 4, might be the world's first.

"The first time ever that there's been a centrally focused country a cappella group," says founder Adam Rupp. "There's never really been that before," he says. "Other groups have performed country songs in their shows, but there's never been a group that takes on the whole image of country and the whole show is country."

While three of the group members hail from Minnesota, the two who come from the South -- Texas and South Georgia, respectively -- provide the country roots. Besides -- you don't need to be from the South to love country music or embrace the laid-back country attitude.

Rupp says the guys enjoy their status as trailblazers in the a cappella world: "We've actually embraced it pretty well as a group. We really dig our cowboy boots, and I feel like we're giving off a really nice country charm."

Home Free started 13 years ago when Adam and his brother started college, and have perfected their act throughout the years on cruise ships (and added members along the way).

"it was just a hobby for the longest time," says Rupp, but look for these guys to make it far in the competition covering country stars ranging from old-school icons like Johnny Cash to modern-day superstars like Hunter Hayes and Rascal Flats.
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