A great a capella group best known through its five-season affiliation with the PBS television show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Especially popular in Asia, they released seven CDs in Japan (I was first introduced to this band in Taiwan by expat friends who had lived there, and subsequently through tapes of the show). Its current members consist of Barry Carl, Elliott Kerman, Scott Leonard, Jeff Thacher, and Kevin Wright.

Biography (from rockapella.com):

Rockapella's singing style is unique, evolving from the initial street-corner barbershop harmony to their current mix of rock, pop, jazz and r&b. The group was formed in NYC in 1987 when four former members of the Brown University High Jinks began performing on the streets of Manhattan for the sheer pleasure of singing in close harmony (and whatever change got tossed into the hat). Soon they began to be hired for private and public functions, singing primarily barbershop harmonies. Julliard-trained bassman Barry Carl hopped aboard the vocal bandwagon in 1988 after a stint with the New York City Opera. High tenor Scott Leonard joined Carl and original members Sean Altman and Elliott Kerman in early 1991. The group has been performing with vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher since mid 1993. In March of 1997 Kevin Wright took over as first tenor, replacing Sean.

Dang, I was a big Barry Carl fan.


In 2002, beloved bass Barry Carl announced his retirement from the group. His replacement is George Baldi, a Philadelphia native, who has worked with many vocal groups including the group that went on to become Boyz II Men.

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