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Twice each month a different Barbershop arranger will be featured, along with 3-4 of his/her recent works. One of them might be great for your chorus or quartet.

Deke Sharon

Born in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8, and as a child toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as "The Father of Contemporary A Cappella," he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world.

As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks, the original "Rock Band Without Instruments," Deke has shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums, and dozens of international tours to their names, including multiple appearances Carnegie Hall.

Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), BOCA (Best of College A Cappella Compilation), and the first contemporary a cappella conferences (the A Cappella Summit).

He is also contemporary cappella's most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. He has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers.

Most recently, Deke produces NBC's "The Sing-Off," which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010.

"A one man a cappella revolution" - The Boston Globe
"The maven of the a cappella movement" - The Oakland Tribune
"The a cappella expert" - The Ottawa Citizen
"The voice of a cappella music" - Songwriters Monthly
"A musical genius, an a cappella giant" - Ithaca Times
"the father of contemporary a cappella" - Mickey Rapkin, Pitch Perfect

For more information, see Deke's wikipedia page and the TotalVocal website.

Love Story, as sung by Maxx Factor in the Sing Off - just published, available this month (no link yet, will be on all major sheet music sites).

Too Fat Polka, also for women, originally by the Andrew's Sisters, also just published, out this month.

Man With The Bag (classic tune in a barbershop arrangement).

White Christmas (originally performed/recorded by the Gas House Gang on their album) - probably his best known, best seller in bbshop circles.

Note that Deke has heaps of more pop styled arrangements, TTBB, SSAA and SATB 4 part - these are some of the more barbershop influenced ones. For more of Deke's songs, go to Contemporary A Cappella Publishing

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