By Whitney Yount, Online Editor
On Feb. 23, the High Point University Toccatatones will be hosting a free concert to promote their new CD, “Fire Away.” The event will be held at nearby Centennial Station, and it will begin at 7:30 p.m.
“Fire Away” is the Toccatatones third formal album released since their inception in 2001. The all-male a cappella group, which was formed in memory of music professor Todd Owen Carter, currently features the vocal talents of 14 undergraduate students at HPU.
The Toccatatones have recently performed not only for HPU students at various locations on campus, but also for Childress Vineyards, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and The Guideposts of Strength Cancer Survivors Day.
While the Toccatatones frequently feature covers of recent songs, they also cover classics from decades past. According to sophomore Toccatatone Caleb Redslob, “Fire Away” will feature 11 a cappella covers from iconic artists like B.o.B., Styx, James Taylor, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Toccatatones are also performing a cover of a song by Old Southern Moonshine Revival, a country group based locally in High Point.
“There are some more obscure songs that might surprise some people,” Redslob said. “But definitely in a good way.”
“Fire Away” was recorded by Plaid Productions, an award-winning a cappella production studio based in Somerville, Mass. Plaid Productions has previously worked with groups such as Tufts University’s Beelzebubs, second-place finishers on NBC’s “The Sing Off;” UNC’s all-female group, Cadence; and The Warblers from FOX’s “Glee.” In addition, they have worked collaboratively to record for Pentatonix.
“I could not be more thrilled about this album release,” said Charlie Bomberger, Toccatatones president. “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.”
The first single off of the album, a cover of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ victory song, “Home,” was released last week. The single, featuring soloist Madison Jordan, received nearly 3,000 listens in its first three days online at SoundCloud.
The entire album will be available for purchase starting on Feb. 23 exclusively online and through HPU.
For more information about the Toccatatones and their upcoming album, visit Toccatatones.com, check out the Toccatatones pages on Facebook or Twitter, or email Chaz Duffy at Toccatatones@highpoint.edu. To listen to “Home” on SoundCloud for free, you can visit: https://soundcloud.com/hpu-toccatatones.