Welcome to the second annual VoiceJam, a festival produced by Walton Arts Center, featuring regional and international contemporary a cappella ensembles. Hosted by Deke Sharon who was dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as "the father of contemporary a cappella," the festival will light up Northwest Arkansas with the excitement of contemporary a cappella. Taking place in and around Northwest Arkansas, VoiceJam is a festival featuring an array of events including an international competition, one day of workshops, professional showcase concert, unexpected aca-concerts around the community and performances in local schools. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting waltonartscenter.org/voicejam or by calling our Box Office at 479.443.5600.

The inaugural VoiceJam Festival was a huge success thanks to the rousing support of our community and vocal music fans from far and wide. Learn more about last year's VoiceJam Festival here – and the 2015 VoiceJam award winners here. If you are in an a cappella group that wants to compete in VoiceJam 2016, start preparing now. Video audition submissions will be accepted beginning today through Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Groups selected for competition will be announced on February 5, 2016. The VoiceJam Champion will win the opportunity to attend the Vocal Asia Festival in Taiwan in August 2016. Registration, competition criteria, submission and festival components can be found at VoiceJam Compete.

VOICEJAM A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL
Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2016

VoiceJam Professional Showcase
Featuring internationally renowned act The Swingles
Friday, April 1 at 8 pm
Tickets are $10, plus applicable fees

VoiceJam Competition
Hosted by Deke Sharon
Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm
Tickets are $15-25, plus applicable fees

VoiceJam Festival Pass
Includes access to the full weekend of events, including performances, competition, workshops and a VoiceJam goody bag.
Tickets are $60, plus applicable fees

VoiceJam Workshop & Class Pass
Includes access to all workshops and masterclasses
Tickets are $25, plus applicable fees

 

VOICEJAM GUEST BIOS

The Swingles – A group that has pushed the boundaries of vocal music for more than half a century. First making waves in the 1960s with a group of Parisian session singers performing Bach compositions, this renowned ensemble has evolved alongside the a cappella world, holding on to their distinctive niche while growing their repertoire to include a wide variety of music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has consistently defined the five-time Grammy® winners. Join us for an evening of harmonic excellence as this esteemed British vocal band headlines WAC’s second annual VoiceJam Festival! This show is part of the 10x10 Arts Series with support provided by Hershey & Denise Garner. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Deke Sharon – Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” Deke Sharon is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. Deke produces NBC’s “The Sing-Off” worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China, South Africa), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" & “Pitch Perfect 2” starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Deke has 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 has performed for luminaries including former President Bill Clinton. He is the founder, director and arranger for The House Jacks, who have eight albums and dozens of international tours, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, and a performance at the Monday Night Football Theme with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.

VoiceJam is supported by Cheyenne Products, CJCHT, NBC Universal and Vocal Asia.