The a capella group "Committed" from Huntsville Alabama is singing its way to stardom on season two of the NBC reality show The Sing-Off. The six-man group began as a quartet at Forest Lake Academy, an Adventist boarding school in Apopka, Florida. "Committed" expanded at Oakwood University, where all the group's members have attended or are attending classes.
The Sing-Off is a five-night event that premiered Monday, December 6. Host Nick Lachey is a multi-platinum recording artist. Ten a capella groups compete for a Sony record deal and $100,000, evaluated by a three-person panel of celebrity judges. The show continues with episodes airing on December 8, 13 and 15, culminating with a live finale on Monday, December 20 (8-10 p.m. ET).
Committed is Maurice Staple (first tenor), Alain Gervais (tenor, lead vocals, beat box), Theron Thomas Jr. (tenor 3, lead vocals), Geston Pierre (bass), Robert Pressley Jr. (tenor 4, lead vocals, beat box) and Dennis Baptiste Jr. (baritone). They are on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/committed6) and have a Facebook fan page.
Committed is not the first Adventist act to participate in a TV competition. Southwestern Adventist University student Rickey Smith appeared on Season Two of American Idol and made the top seven competing against Clay Aiken and others.
Recently, Southern Adventist University junior biochemistry major, Hans von Walter placed third on the College Championship edition of Jeopardy.
"Committed" wowed audiences Monday night with soaring vocals and powerful bass lines. They went viral online almost immediately, fueled in part by Adventists on Facebook and fans of their music. The televised competition continues Wednesday evening.
Watch Committed singing "This Love" on The Sing-Off
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