TOKY designer Mary Rosamond, also a member of the a cappella group ‘the Amateurs,’ just returned from performing (and recording) with Ben Folds!
In her own words:
I guess Ben Folds became interested in a cappella after hearing some of his songs arranged and performed by a cappella groups on YouTube and decided to make it the concept for his latest album. He held a contest for arrangements/performances of his songs, and from a couple hundred submissions, he selected a handful of groups to record with in person. My group, the Amateurs, was one of those groups. Ben came to St. Louis this past December to record our version of his song, The Luckiest. (He was wonderful to work with!) We were then lucky enough to be one of only 14 groups who recorded with Ben to make it on the cd: Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella (we close the album!) which is now available on itunes.
Then, this April, Ben contacted our group again to ask if we would be interested in opening for him at his upcoming performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. And of course, we were! We drove to Nashville on April 7 and opened for Ben that evening in front of a very enthusiastic crowd in Ben’s home town. It was an awesome experience!
The recording was also covered in the Wall Street Journal: Harmony 101, A Pop Pianist Recruits College Singers For a New Album of A Cappella Songs
Here’s a video clip of the recording session: