Deke Sharon

Birth Place: San Francisco, CA, USA

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“The father of contemporary a cappella" - Entertainment Weekly
“A one man a cappella revolution" - Boston Globe
“Deke Sharon makes a cappella cool again" - NPR

Born and still living in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8. As a child he toured North America and shared the stage performing in operas with the likes of Pavarotti.
Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella” this performer, arranger, music producer, author, producer and coach is credited by many as being responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella.   While at college, he pioneered the dense vocal-instrumental sound that we today take for granted as the sound of contemporary a cappella.  
Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), the ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), the BOCAs (Best of College A Cappella Compilations), the first contemporary a cappella conference (the A Cappella Summit), the Contemporary A Cappella League, the professional ensembles Voasis and Vocalosity, as well as the educational residential program, Camp A Cappella. He’s a frequent emcee at events, and gives corporate speeches on business lessons from vocal harmony, to companies like Google and Facebook
He is also contemporary cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. A few of the songs he has arranged for DCappella appear in this folio.  He has written 5 books: A Cappella Arranging (2012), A Cappella (2015), The Heart of Vocal Harmony (2016), A Cappella Warmups for Pop and Jazz Choir (2017) and So You Want to Sing A Cappella (2017). He is also the vocal orchestrator for the Broadway’s first a cappella musical: In Transit (2016).
As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for almost 25 years, the original “Rock Band Without Instruments,” Deke shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums, and dozens of international tours to their names, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, and even a performance of the “Monday Night Football Theme” with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.
Deke has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, including “Just Dance Kids 2.” He is one of only 20 honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1938, as well as an honorary member of BYU Vocal Point, and has received CASA’s lifetime achievement award in 2016 and the PT Barnum Award for Excellence from Tufts University in 2017.
Deke has also helped popularize a cappella in the mainstream.  He produced five seasons of The Sing Off for NBC (which was also adapted for TV in France, the Netherlands, South Africa and China), was arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for all three of Universal’s hit films in the Pitch Perfect franchise and was most recently seen in Lifetime Television’s Pitch Slapped, coaching the group Stay Tuned  and on BBC1’s Pitch Battle as music director and guest judge. Most recently Deke created DCappella with Disney and A Cappella Live with Columbia Artists. 

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Deke Sharon News

Distinguished Concerts International New York To Present Two Concerts at Two Iconic Venues in One Day

On Sunday, April 2, Distinguished Concerts International New York will perform at Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.

Award-Winning a Cappella Groups From Nationwide to Perform at Lesher Center for the Arts in March

College Notes will return to the Lesher Center for the Arts for its fifth year of breathtaking a cappella performances, featuring talented groups from top universities from across the country.

Straight No Chaser to Bring 25th Anniversary Tour to Overture Center in December

The a cappella group Straight No Chaser, from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., is touring in celebration of their 25th anniversary with a stop at Overture Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Overture Hall.

'On Broadway Gala' Raises $300K For Diablo Regional Arts Association

​​​​​​​Diablo Regional Arts Association's annual On Broadway Gala returned to kick off the Lesher Center for the Arts' 2022/23 season with a smashing evening of fine dining and rollicking entertainment. Leaders in the arts and civic communities came together in downtown Walnut Creek to celebrate the center and its work as a leading presenter of thrilling arts and culture events in the East Bay.

William Shatner to Join The National Symphony Orchestra for DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS PRESENTS

The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Reineke, and Artistic Advisor Ben Folds welcome legendary actor, musician, activist, and recent space traveler William Shatner as the featured guest artist for its upcoming DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS PRESENTS concert on Friday, April 29 at 9 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Ben Folds To Co-Host An Immersive A Capella Camp In D.C.

National Symphony Orchestra Artistic Advisor Ben Folds will join Planet Word, a DC-based interactive museum devoted to immersive language experiences, the NSO, and Camp A Cappella in co-hosting an immersive a cappella camp – entitled “DC Camp A Cappella Intensive” - for area a cappella groups on Tuesday, April 26th.

ON BROADWAY GALA Raises $250K With Stunning Speed Painting, Entertainment, More

Diablo Regional Arts Association's annual On Broadway Gala returned this year to mark the official reopening of the Lesher Center for the Arts. Leaders in the arts and civic communities came together in downtown Walnut Creek to celebrate the organization's reopening and support its work at the forefront of arts and culture in the East Bay.

Disney's DCAPELLA Releases 'Broadway is Back' Medley

DCappella is Disney Music Group’s popular a cappella singing sensation featuring seven powerful vocalists. Known for reimagining classics from the Disney songbook, the group originally came together as a result of a nationwide search for the best vocal performing talent in a cappella and stage.

VIDEO: DCAPPELLA Releases New Cover of 'Trashin' the Camp'

As part of Airbnb’s Online Experiences ('Be in a Disney DCappella Music Video'), guests from around the globe were offered the unique opportunity to appear in a music video and learn to sing a cappella from contemporary a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon and Disney Music Group’s 7-member group, DCappella.

VIDEO: DCappella Performs 'Go The Distance' From HERCULES

DCappella posted their latest video, a performance of Go The Distance from Hercules.

Connect With Tituss Burgess, Aisha Jackson, Laura Osnes and More Through Airbnb's Online Experiences

It's show time again for entertainers around the world, right in your home! With theatres and performance spaces closed worldwide, Airbnb is joining forces with stage and screen star Tituss Burgess, original Broadway princesses Susan Egan, Laura Osnes, Courtney Reed, Aisha Jackson, and dozens more to bring you behind the scenes of your favorite musicals.

Native Earth Performing Arts Presents SIR JOHN A: Acts Of A Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Native Earth Performing Arts is proud to present its production of Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion, written by Drew Hayden Taylor, directed by Jim Millan, featuring Martin Julien, Herbie Barnes, Sid Bobb, and Katie Ryerson from April 26 - May 10, 2020 (opening night, Wednesday, April 29).

Face Vocal Band Comes to Carnegie Hall

Coming hot off the heels of headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre last fall Face Vocal Band is about to take the stage at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall for Total Vocal with Deke Sharon on March 29th.

State Theatre New Jersey Presents A CAPPELLA LIVE! 3/7

State Theatre New Jersey presents A Cappella Live! featuring The Filharmonic, Committed, Blake Lewis, and Women of the World on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8pm. Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon, vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off, A Capella Live! is a high-energy musical celebration of contemporary a cappella featuring four internationally recognized ensembles. Tickets range from $19-$59. 

BANDSTAND, A Cappella Lie And Ballet Folclorico Come to MPAC In March

Get ready for an aca-perfect night of amazing vocals when MPAC presents A Cappella Live, Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $29-$69.

FSCJ Artist Series Presents A CAPPELLA LIVE!

A Cappella Live! will play Jacksonville's Times-Union Center February 27, 2020 for one performance only.

MTI Acquires Licensing Rights to IN TRANSIT

Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured worldwide licensing rights to the Broadway musical In Transit.

BWW Previews: Disney A Cappella Concert D-CAPPELLA Touring All Over Japan!

D-Cappella will perform in 8 cities around Japan, August 22nd to September 12th. Tickets on sale now for Sound check, Talk-back Session, and VIP seats!

VoiceJam Festival Celebrates All Things A Cappella

Walton Arts Center is the place for all things a cappella during the VoiceJam Festival April 4-6, 2019.

'Pitch Perfect' Vocal Arranger, Deke Sharon, Brings TOTAL VOCAL Back To Carnegie Hall

DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York), presents Deke Sharon and his fifth annual Total Vocal concert at Carnegie Hall.  Hosted and conducted by Sharon the program highlights DCappella, Disney's new a cappella group and Vintage Mix, the award-winning barbershop a cappella quartet of 18-year old quadruplets. Distinguished Concerts Singers International's record number of choirs and individual singers from all over the globe will perform with Sharon.  Total Vocal will take place Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall. For tickets and information, visit DCINY. Tickets start at $20. This performance will be streamed live via the DCINY Facebook Page.


Deke Sharon has written 1 shows including Vocalosity (Artistic Producer).

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