MSU a cappella group opens for Vocalosity
Their website describes them as “relentlessly chordgasmic.” The group's name is State of Fifths and they are one of the seven student a cappella groups on MSU’s campus.
Although the different a cappella groups on campus have their own distinct styles and characteristics, what now sets State of Fifths apart from the others in the credentials department is that they performed the opening act for the world-renowned a cappella concert experience, Vocalosity, Tuesday night at Wharton Center.
Vocalosity is a newly-formed a cappella production. The founder and music director, Deke Sharon, is the mind responsible for the artistic production behind the "Pitch Perfect" movies and the a capella show, "The Sing-Off." Sharon put together a group of 12 voices to tour across the U.S. in hopes of demonstrating what contemporary a capella is and the growing popularity of it.
State of Fifths entered a contest with radio station 97.5 FM earlier this year, which included a cappella groups from around the state all competing to perform as the opening act Tuesday night. State of Fifths placed first in the vote after receiving 4,541 votes.
The performance Tuesday night was in front of one of the biggest crowds that State of Fifths has performed in front of, Daniel Lau, computer engineering senior and member of the group, said.
"The experience overall was unbelievable and it was stunning to see such a big crowd," Lau said. "The Wharton Center holds so many people so we were all a little nervous at first, but I think overall we sang really well and put on a good show. We just always try and bring something different into other peoples lives while singing and tonight we had some happy vibes out there. Our main goal with our music is to always affect the people that we perform in front of.”
Media and information freshman Shanice Pinson, who joined State of Fifths during the fall semester, said she was beyond excited to perform Tuesday night in front of a full house at Wharton, especially with the Vocalosity members watching closely from backstage.
“To me it was a big deal and a good opportunity for our group to get exposure,” Pinson said. “We got to perform in front of a big crowd and were able to sing in front of the people from Vocalosity, who all have such amazing talent and impressive backgrounds. Performing in front of such successful singers was a really awesome feeling for me and the group.”
State of Fifths' main objective has never really been to be better than the rest. Instead it has been to create a cohesiveness and sense of belonging between the 15 members. That happens to be Pinson’s favorite part about being in the group.
“My favorite part would probably be the people, we have such a strong bond and we are very close," Pinson said. "Coming into college I didn’t know how or where to make friends and being a part of this group has really brought me close together with a lot of people."
Lau said he holds State of Fifths in a close place in his heart as well. He thinks of the group as a second family.
"We kind of have this family connection, and when that translates over into the music we sing it ends up being really special, especially because of all the time that we spend together during rehearsal, partying or just hanging out together," Lau said.