Ricky Richardson / EURweb, Electronic Urban Report – June 16, 2010
“I must admit that I was one of many who kept looking on stage for instruments during the performance of Naturally 7. The crowd and I were blown away with this acapella group’s ability to imitate actual instruments. They were excellent on “Waiting for Your Love,” “Come Together,” and their sensational YouTube hit/version of “I Can F eel It In the Air” by Phil Collins. Check out this video on YouTube. You will not believe what you are hearing and or seeing without instruments. Everyone of their CD’s that were on sale sold out at the CD booth on site. Quite naturally, pun intended.”
John Wareham / LA Weekly – June 15, 2010
“[...] then came Naturally 7, an a cappella group who not only sing, but vocalize the sounds of instruments without actually playing them. Each member of the seven man group uses their voice to imitate instruments such as trumpet, flute, scratching, bass, drums, etc. They also sing beautiful harmonies. When they started their set with their version of the Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight,” the audience turned in amazement at what they heard. They continued to turn heads throughout their set: Warren Thomas (drums) and ‘Hops’ Hutton (bass) were so accurate in their reproduction of the low end, the building seemed to shake.”
Chris Barton / Los Angeles Times – June 14, 2010
“Also no strangers to viral video world, the a cappella group Naturally 7 later appeared with their signature cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Featuring a nice bit of subway-ready theater with each vocalist pantomiming live instruments as they replicated the sound of bass, drums, strings and — most impressively — electric guitar, the group had fans jumping with a mix of hip-hop, soul and funk delivered with a near-gospel fervor.”
Richard Chang / The Orange County Register – June 13/15, 2010
“The act that may have stolen the show Saturday was Naturally 7, an a cappella group from New York. Each of the seven members immitated an instrument with his vocals and microphone. Thus, you had horns, strings, guitars, a scratching DJ and the percussion kit, performed ably by Warren Thomas, without any bulky equipment.
Naturally 7 started its set with a hip-hop cover of “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. The sounds coming from their mouths were incredible – together, they absolutely sounded like a jammin’ band with real instruments.
The seven powered through “Sound of Silence” and “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Come Together” by the Beatles, “I Built this Wall” (an original, I suspect), and the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with gospel undertones. The “guitar” solo in the last song was nothing short of unbelievable.
Next, the group offered a cover of the Motown standard “Ready or Not.” At various turns, Naturally 7 sounded like a rock band, a hip-hop outfit, or a 1960s collection of soul and Motown hipsters. But was their music jazz? They did incorporate some jazz elements, like horns and improvisation. But it seemed Naturally 7 were on the borderline of jazz and many other types of music.”
“Likewise, Naturally 7 takes the old idea of a vocal orchestra to a new level — spread out onstage like an electronic hybrid big-band/hip-hop unit.”
SANTA MONICA, CA – Hidden Beach Recordings announces the signing of the multi-talented, seven member group Naturally 7. The group, which describes their style of music as “Vocal Play”, will join Grammy award winning artist Michael Bublé on his 2010 Crazy Love Tour around the world. In the past two years, Naturally 7 has amazed audiences from with their impressive talent and unique stage performances.
“Hidden Beach is thrilled to mark its 10th Anniversary of delivering the best of the best of recording artists with the release of Naturally 7’s US Vocal Play debut entitled VOCAL PLAY (A WORK OF MOUTH) says Hidden Beach President; Steve Mckeever. As Hidden Beach embarks on a new chapter and important new beginnings we feel the ultrally talented members of Naturally 7, personify the basic tenants of our shared commitment to offer unique and powerful entertainment experiences of the highest order.”
Naturally 7 has quietly amassed a fervent fan club as well as garnering over 20 million collective internet hits on sites such as YouTube has help to propel them onto the world stage. They have been guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Tavis Smiley, and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. They have performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival for Quincy Jones 75th birthday bash as well as October’s Bermuda Music Festival with Quincy Jones and Friends. Naturally 7 entertained Prince Charles at the 80th Royal Variety Performance in London. and more recently appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, joining Bublé for his rendition of “Stardust”.
“We are excited to be associated with Hidden Beach for the release of the new VocalPlay CD,” noted manager, Helmut Fest. ” Steve McKeever and his team understand and share the vision of the group and with their support and commitment, together we will take Naturally 7 to the level of success their unique abilities deserve. We are honored to once again be invited to be a part of Michael Bublé’s world tour, a perfect start to the campaign, and are thrilled with the opportunity to bring Naturally 7′s music to millions around the globe.”
In conjunction with the upcoming tour, Naturally 7 will release their debut CD on June 15th. The disc, in keeping with their signature style, will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes. In addition to self-penned originals from the anthem like SOS (Anybody Out There) to the power ballad and first single, “If You Love Me”, the CD will also include a duet with Michael Bublé on the Dinah Washington classic, “Relax Max”.
Upcoming TOUR DATES: Philadelphia (16th); New York (20th), Cleveland (23rd), Cincinnati (24th), Detroit (25th), Chicago (27th)
About Hidden Beach
Founded by music veteran Steve McKeever, Hidden Beach Recordings is an independent record label based in Santa Monica, CA. Hidden Beach was tapped as the label to release the “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” compilation CD, with proceeds to benefit the Barack Obama campaign. Artists on the project included Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow.
Following the election of President Obama, Hidden Beach produced the official inauguration collection commemorative CD-DVD set. Change Is Now: Renewing America’s Promise includes various artists and eight of President Obama’s speeches. Artists include Will.i.am, Robin Thicke, Maroon 5 and India.Arie.
Along with introducing music sensation Jill Scott and saxophonist Mike Phillips, Hidden Beach is also home to trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, husband and wife-led group Kindred the Family Soul, songstress Lina, singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter Black, and vocalist/musician Keite Young, among many others. In January of 2010, Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR) and Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), a division of Universal Music Group, the world\’s leading music company, entered into a distribution agreement.
Universal Music Group is the world\’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry\’s largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two district divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group includes eLabs, the new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.