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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Timberlake meets KFC: UK’s acoUstiKats going to LA to compete on The Sing-Off

The 2013 AcoUstiKats, from left to right, are: Jeremy Michael, Peter Gibbons, Banks Mattingly, Patrick Banks, Nick Johnson, Ron Wilbur, Evan Jennings Pulliam, Jordan Lindsey, Ross Hill, Charlie McManus, Mason Stewart and Mike Owens. (Photo by Candace Sword)

The 2013 AcoUstiKats, from left to right, are: Jeremy Michael, Peter Gibbons, Banks Mattingly, Patrick Banks, Nick Johnson, Ron Wilbur, Evan Jennings Pulliam, Jordan Lindsey, Ross Hill, Charlie McManus, Mason Stewart and Mike Owens. (Photo by Candace Sword)

 
Staff report
 
After 20 years, the acoUstiKats will face their toughest challenge to date. The popular University of Kentucky’s all-male a cappella singing group will be only one of two university groups on NBC’s The Sing-Off.
 
The fourth season of NBC’s show, hosted by singer and Cincinnati native Nick Lachey, will run beginning Monday, Dec. 9, at 9 p.m. for seven shows until Dec. 23.
 
Invited into the competition this year are The Princeton Footnotes from Princeton University; Calle Sol from Puerto Rico; Element from New York City; The Filharmonic and Street Corner Renaissance, both from Los Angeles; Home Free from Minneapolis; Ten from Dallas; Vocal Rush from Oakland and Voiceplay from Orlando.
 

Celebrity judges and host, from left to right, are: Jewel, Ben Folds, Nick Lachey and Shawn Stockman. (Photo from NBC)

Celebrity judges and host, from left to right, are: Jewel, Ben Folds, Nick Lachey and Shawn Stockman. (Photo from NBC)

On their Facebook page found here, the acoUstiKats describe themselves as “Southern charm with a whole lot of swag” and “Justin Timberlake meets Kentucky Fried Chicken.” The 12-member group began in 1993 as a way to promote and encourage male singing by Director of UK Choral Activities Jefferson Johnson. They have traveled the world and performed in all venue sizes in their 20 years, including often at Rupp Arena.
 
The group will perform their own arrangements of songs within the assigned musical genre such as top pop, R&B, rock or country before a live audience in Los Angeles and be critique by celebrity judges. The judges are vocalists Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five, Jewel and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.
 
To view a video of acoUstiKats performing Wake Me Up by Avicii, click below:
 

 
There will be no lip-synching, no backup band and no safety net. One group will be eliminated each episode. The last group standing will be awarded an Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract and $100,000.
 
UK acoUstiKats competing on The Singoff are:
 
‣ Jordan Lindsey, coach and tenor, from Paducah;
‣ Nick Johnson, coach, arranger and tenor, from Frankfort;
‣ Evan Jennings Pulliam, business manager and tenor, from Lexington;
‣ Jeremy Michael Lewis, marketing coordinator and baritone, from Rockford, Ill.;
‣ Ross Hill, tenor, from Lexington;
‣ Peter Gibbons, tenor, from Lexington;
‣ Ron Wilbur, tenor, from Austell, Ga.;
‣ Charlie McManus, tenor, from Fairfax, Va.;
‣ Patrick Banks, baritone, from Frankfort;
‣ Mason Stewart, baritone, from Paducah;
‣ Mike Owens, bass, from Louisville; and
‣ Banks Mattingly, vocal percussionist and baritone, from Maysville.
 
To view a promotional video for the show, click below:
 

 
If you would like more information about the group, contact publicity manager Jeremy Michael Lewis at theacoustikats@gmail.com. To follow them on Instagram, click here. To follow them on Twitter, click here.

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