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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 ... (read complete bio)
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Birth Place: San Francisco, CA, USA

Bio:
“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 ... (read complete bio)

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[Broadway, 2016]
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth and Deke Sharo Photo

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth and Deke Sharon

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12/12/2016
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rick Hip-Flores, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordswor Photo

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rick Hip-Flores, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth and Deke Sharon

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12/12/2016
Rick Hip-Flores and Deke Sharon  Photo

Rick Hip-Flores and Deke Sharon

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12/12/2016
Rick Hip-Flores and Deke Sharon  Photo

Rick Hip-Flores and Deke Sharon

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12/12/2016
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Deke Sharon, Rick Hip-Flores, Kathleen Marshall, Sara Wordswo Photo

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Deke Sharon, Rick Hip-Flores, Kathleen Marshall, Sara Wordsworth, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, David Eggers

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10/28/2016

 

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Deke Sharon Biography


“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. 




Deke Sharon News

William Shatner to Join The National Symphony Orchestra for DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS P Photo William Shatner to Join The National Symphony Orchestra for DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS PRESENTS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 7, 2022

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. Photo Ben Folds To Co-Host An Immersive A Capella Camp In D.C.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 31, 2022

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 Photo ON BROADWAY GALA Raises $250K With Stunning Speed Painting, Entertainment, More
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 8, 2021

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 Photo Disney's DCAPELLA Releases 'Broadway is Back' Medley
by Michael Major - Oct 4, 2021

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' Photo VIDEO: DCAPPELLA Releases New Cover of 'Trashin' the Camp'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 9, 2020

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 Photo VIDEO: DCappella Performs 'Go The Distance' From HERCULES
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2020

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 Onl Photo Connect With Tituss Burgess, Aisha Jackson, Laura Osnes and More Through Airbnb's Online Experiences
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2020

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 Rebell Photo Native Earth Performing Arts Presents SIR JOHN A: Acts Of A Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion
by Stephi Wild - Mar 12, 2020

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 Photo Face Vocal Band Comes to Carnegie Hall
by Stephi Wild - Mar 12, 2020

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 Photo State Theatre New Jersey Presents A CAPPELLA LIVE! 3/7
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 19, 2020

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. 

Deke Sharon Videos

VIDEO: DCappella Performs 'Go The Distance' From HERCULES VideoVIDEO: DCappella Performs 'Go The Distance' From HERCULES
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2020

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

VIDEO: Watch IN TRANSIT's Erin Mackey Perform Original Song 'Love Is the Greatest Gift' on 'Today'
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 16, 2017

Below, watch IN TRANSIT's star Erin Mackey perform the original song 'Love Is the Greatest Gift' on this morning's TODAY. 

STAGE TUBE: Comcast Presents IN TRANSIT: THE MAKING OF THE FIRST BROADWAY A CAPPELLA MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Nov 29, 2016

 Today, Comcast and theatrical producer Janet B. Rosen announce "In Transit: The Making of the First Broadway A Cappella Musical," a new entertainment special now airing exclusively on Xfinity On Demand.

STAGE TUBE: A Cappella Group VOCALOSITY Will Launch National Tour in 2016; Watch a Sneak Peek!
by Stage Tube - Nov 11, 2015

Work Light Productions, one of the nation's premiere producers of theatrical national tours, and IMG Artists, the industry's global leader in performing arts management, released a new sizzle reel today for VOCALOSITY, a new concert production comprised entirely of a cappella music, which will begin its North American tour on January 15, 2016 in Gainesville. Universal Music Classics will release VOCALOSITY's debut album on the same day.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at GENTLEMAN'S RULE
by Stage Tube - Oct 30, 2012

Riverfront Theater, Chicago's newest entertainment destination presents the new Chicago-based a cappella group Gentleman's Rule-produced by Dan Ponce, creator of Straight No Chaser, and Charlie Blum, executive producer of Under The Streetlamp. Performances run November 13 - 25, 2012 at Riverfront Theater, located at 650 W. Chicago Avenue, just east of Halsted Street. Press Opening is Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:30pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek below.


Deke Sharon Frequently Asked Questions

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