Feature CD Review: Voctave’s “Somewhere There’s Music”
For Release: August 4, 2019
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 8/4/2019
This Feature CD Review is from an 11-member acapella group from the Central Florida area named Voctave, and the album is titled Somewhere There’s Music.
The group was formed in 2015 by producer and arranger Jamey Ray because of his love for vocal jazz music. When we think of acapella groups, we think of groups like Manhattan Transfer, Singers Unlimited, New York Voices, and the one that I think performs with the most beautiful harmonies – Take 6.
Now, think of some of the performances of these great groups, and add Voctave (pronounced vahk-tiv) to the mix. They are that good.
Members of this group have professional roots in Walt Disney World Entertainment, but they represent a group of diverse backgrounds in many genres of music, from Gospel to musical theatre, from contemporary Christian to barbershop, from pop music to choral.
Members of this group have performed all over the world, and they have performed with Grammy, Dove and American Music Award winners. They have multiple #1 songs and albums on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, and their videos have received more than 130 million views.
This CD is dedicated to The Great American Songbook with some very recognizable titles as well as some lesser known songs. They add a style and warmth to their renditions that is simply beautiful. The cohesive chords flow with a richness of tone that touches your soul like a warm cup of coffee on a cold morning, or a gentle snuggle with your significant other.
The group members are Kate Lott, Tiffany Coburn, Ashley Espinoza, Sarah Whittemore, Crystal Johnson, EJ Cardona, Tony De Rosa, Jamey Ray (the founder), Kurt von Schmittou, J.C. Fullerton, and Karl Hudson. They may not be well known individually to most of the jazz world, but collectively as Voctave they will begin to be acknowledged as a force for beautiful vocal jazz.