Walton Arts Center recently crowned Memphis a cappella group DeltaCappella winner of the inaugural a cappella festival, VoiceJam. DeltaCappella capped the evening with a rousing rendition of “Walking in Memphis” that lead to a standing ovation from the crowd. DeltaCappella lead vocalist Sir Charles Ponder won best soloist and member Paul Koziel won best vocal percussionist. The win qualifies them to participate at Vocal Asia, one of the largest international contemporary a cappella music events in Shanghai, China, in August.

DeltaCappella is a vocal band rooted in the heart and soul of the Memphis and Mississippi Delta. Oblivious to race, ethnic or age differences, the members of DeltaCappella sing together for the pure pleasure of singing. The music they make is a unique blend of harmony that is richly textured and varied as the Delta itself. The great songs they sing are delivered sans instruments with shimmering harmonies, heart-thumping vocal percussion and full throttle dynamics. “We are 26-60 years old age group and have been performing together for several years now,” said Thomas “TeKay” King. “The validation from strangers and fans alike is what makes us continue to practice and fine tune our instruments.”
“Many thanks to our competitors, judges and aca-fans whose enthusiasm for the festival far surpassed our expectations”, said Vice President of Programming Jenni Swain. “There were so many outstanding moments during the weekend. Congratulations to the winners—and to all those involved who helped make VoiceJam a rousing success.”

VoiceJam is supported by NBCUniversal, Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, Cheyenne Products, Vocal Asia and CJCHT art & culture. VoiceJam information can be found at Waltonartscenter.org/VoiceJam