There’s nothing like a good a cappella group. Their popularity has soared in recent years, especially in the wake of several movies, including Pitch Perfect (and its sequels). The art form of singing without musical instruments takes talent and teamwork, so it’s no wonder that it makes people’s jaws drop.
Back in 2013, an a cappella group called Band of Voices took the stage on Britain’s Got Talent, blowing the audience and the judges away.
Comprised of five singers between the ages of 27 and 47, the group included Andy, Katie, Craig, Lloyd, and Kelli-Leigh.
They looked like a motley crew: two women and three men. Some were dressed up, while others wore sweatshirts or T-shirts.
It’s rare to hear a musical group where each singer shines individually.
But that’s exactly what Band of Voices did. Each time a new singer took center stage, they made the audience erupt into applause.
Performing Jessie J’s popular “Price Tag,” they even got a laugh from the audience when they sang, “Just stop for a minute.” For a long moment, the group fell silent, then broke into music again.
The best news was that as they performed, the judges watched thoughtfully and quietly.
Even hard-to-impress judge Simon Cowell smiled as he listened. Then, noticing judge Amanda Holden looking at him, he nodded in confirmation.
When the group ended their performance, the audience leaped to its feet, applauding and cheering.
“I think when you’re all looking at each other and your voices are blending and you really feel like a group, that that’s really magic,” said judge David Walliams. “I loved it. I can’t wait to hear you sing another song.”
But here’s the thing — the group had actually prepared another song.
With permission, they also performed a rendition of “God Save the Queen” in their own signature style.
“I love you guys,” said Simon Cowell. “I think now is a time when people really, really appreciate great vocals. There’s not a band like this on the market at the moment. Very, very impressive.”
Band of Voice did move on to the next round of auditions, though they underwent some changes along the way.
Kelli-Leigh left the group and was replaced by a singer named Louise for their semi-final audition. During that performance, the group sang Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”
“Unfortunately, I had to leave Band of Voices, but for reasons I am excited to say,” wrote Kelli-Leigh on her blog. “I have signed my first deal with an Indie Label in Poland called ‘Flash Entertainment’. I wish [Band of Voices] all the success, we remain good friends.” [sic]
Though the band didn’t win the season, and they went through some changes in their members, they have a great memory of performing together on Britain’s Got Talent and hearing Simon Cowell tell them that he loved them. It’s something they’ll be proud of for the rest of their lives.
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