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HPU’s Toccatatones Set to Release Third Album
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 1, 2013 â€“ High Point Universityâ€™s all-male a cappella group, the Toccatatones, is set to release their third formal album, â€śFire Away,â€ť on Feb. 23. In celebration of the new album, the group is hosting a free concert on the CDâ€™s release date at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Station.
The new album features 11 tracks and includes covers of recent tunes and classics such as â€śCome Sail Away,â€ť by Styx; â€śSeptemberâ€ť by Earth, Wind & Fire; â€śWhoâ€™s Got the Moonshineâ€ť by Old Moonshine Revival, a local country group based in High Point, and many more. The albumâ€™s first single, â€śHome,â€ť a cover of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, was recently released and features soloist Madison Jordan. The song received nearly 3,000 listens in its first three days online at SoundCloud.
The Toccatatones, which formed in 2001 in the memory of music professor Todd Owen Carter, features 14 undergraduate students who have performed in various locations, including campus locations, Childress Vineyards, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Guideposts of Strength Cancer Survivors Day and more.
Charles Bomberger, Toccatatones president, notes that the group has produced an album every two to three years. The groupâ€™s previous CDs include â€śA Gentlemanâ€™s Clubâ€ť and â€śHits from the Pitch Pipe.â€ť
â€śI could not be more thrilled about this album release. The group has been working harder than ever to make this a reality and our greatest hope is that we can share it with our community here in High Point,â€ť Bomberger says. â€śThis group is just as much a part of our experience as students as our classes are, and seeing this album come together and being able to share our love for a cappella music with the community is more than we could have dreamed in just one year.â€ť
The album will be available for purchase starting Feb. 23 exclusively online and through HPU. CDs will also be sold for $12, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, at the free concert at Centennial Station. Centennial Station is located at 121 S. Centennial St. in High Point.
For more information about the Toccatatones and their upcoming album, visit toccatatones.com. To listen to the groupâ€™s first single on the new album, â€śHome,â€ť visit SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/hpu-toccatatones.