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by The A Cappella Group

Unbelievable a cappella interpretations of popular music from the past 30 years. 2006 Contemporary A cappella Recording Award Nominee for Best High School Album and Best High School Song - Bring Me To Life
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1. Bring Me To Life The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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2. Stay The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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3. My Boo The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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4. My Happy Ending The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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5. Fields of Gold The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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6. Insomniac The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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7. My Girl The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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8. Kingdom in the Sky The A Cappella Group - Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The A Cappella Group is a part of the Vocal Music Department at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, Florida. The group was founded in the fall of 2003 after hearing the Florida State University group All Night Yahtzee the previous spring. The students were so blown away by All Night Yahtzee that they begged to start our own a cappella group. The rest is a very brief, but exciting history.

The group made a name for themselves right off the bat and were selected to open for The Four Tops at the local performing arts hall. The group took the stage in front of the near sold-out house and proceeded to wow the crowd and earn a tremendous ovation after every song. Of course, we are biased but a music reviewer for the Naples Daily News felt the same:

Review: Four Tops still bellowing out upbeat love songs
By JOHN HENDERSON, jfhenderson@naplesnews.com
February 20, 2004

There they were, on the same stage that was about to be occupied by Motown legends, and they brought down the house.

Students of the Cypress Lake High School of the Performing Arts kicked off the Wednesday night performance of The Four Tops, bellowing out tunes in a cappella to standing ovations.

The students asked their teachers whether they one day might ever perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The teachers decided to send a tape of the group to The Four Tops who had an upcoming show.

The Tops loved what they heard and invited the students to be their opening act.

In nearly perfect harmony, with the hall's elevated ceilings echoing their voices, the students belted out tunes such as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" featured in "The Lion King."

The Tops had a tough act to follow, but with five decades of performing together, with a full brass band behind them, they were up for the task.

With the great success of their inaugural year behind them, the group looked to build on that success and get even better. No one could have imagined how much success that the group would achieve in the 2004-05 school year. We undertook the challenge of the National Championship of High School A Cappella. After submitting our audition tape and being selected as a Florida finalist we gave a great performance at the Florida competition and took home the Florida State Championship!! We also won for best soloist, Ashley Brasile (you can hear her song on track 2 of the CD) and best showmanship. We then moved on the South Division competition with a chance at advancing to the National Finals in Washington DC.

The only problem is that we didn't have a lot of money to make the trip to the University of Georgia for the competition. This prompted us to begin a local promotion campaign here in Fort Myers to raise money. We were featured in a major story in the lifestyles section of the newspaper. We also were featured in a radio piece on NPR that was heard throughout the state of Florida. Performance offers and donation started rolling in to help get us to Georgia. During one fund raiser at Barnes & Noble, a man heard us singing and could not believe we were a high school group. He could not attend the concert we were promoting but asked if we accepted donations. Two weeks later, we received a check for $2,500 from him. I think he was impressed. We ended up raising double the amount of money needed for the trip.

We made it to the competition and gave a strong performance and were named Runners-up, just missing out on the opportunity to go to Washington DC. We had a lot of extra money that was raised and decided that we needed to record the group to try to capture the magic of the school year.

After countless hours in the studio and numerous hours in production, we have a final product that we are very proud of. We hope that you will enjoy it as well.

The group is now in our third year and we are determined to make this year even better. We would love to hear from you, so please e-mail us if you liked the CD.


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Gabrielle Lajoie

WOW
WOW. I have never heard such talent before... this is just mind-blowing and amazing... I'm at a loss for words.

Brian Haverkate

High School A Cappella at its Best!
As someone who's worked with and in a cappella groups for the last 10 years, I can honestly say this CD is a major achievement for this group and will serve as a point of reference for the many high school groups to come after! Tracks like "Bring Me To Life" and "Fields of Gold" are the highlight of the CD, employing the recording studio nicely. While not all the tracks here use the same attention to detail and studio tricks, the work remains quality throughout. It's nice to hear a group's "live" sound on a CD. Worth the price and then some. If not just to hear what top-notch high school groups are doing these days. If I was in a college group, I'd be worried and scared. College kids....get to work.

Kerry Kester


I gave this CD 5 stars because it shows the raw talent that these kids have.. Singing a cappella is hard to master, but this group really makes these songs their own.. And on the song "My Boo" my boy Jarrod is really doing his thing.. He's got a big future for him, so get ready for the takeover!!

Blake Shelton

I was there, and believe me, it's worth it!
I was incredibly proud to take part in the production of this CD, and after all the hard work, I can honestly say I am amazingly proud to be recorded on this CD. If you have ever enjoyed any of the music that has been reinterpreted on this CD, then you have no idea what your missing. We have gained a reputation for being one of the best A Cappella groups in the country and after a few seconds of any one of these tracks I am sure you'll see why. Please, enjoy this CD to it's fullest, order one. You really have no idea what you're in for!

Taylor Terlep


OH MY GOD!!!! They are an awesome. I was apart of this group last year and we were amazing I wish I had made the audition this year.I've heard them a couple of times so far and I think this will be the best of the three years they have been active.YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!MUAH

Shamiriah Dixon

Wow !!!
Wow who is that boy singing my boo he is amazing. That is why I gave this cd a five star rating wow!!!

Jarrod Bowens


Being apart of this project has been so much fun. I must say when I first heard the CD I was so amazed I could not even believe that it was actually us (cypress lakes a capella group) that I was hearing. I feel so blessed to be apart of this group it is truly the most amazing thing that I have ever took part in. I would also like to thank my music teacher Mr.Stroh he has really worked hard, he has so much patience and without him we would not be what we are today. So go ahead buy the cd and as my teacher would say you'll laugh you'll cry you'll kiss 11.99 goodbye !!!