Street Corner Symphony are an a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee, founded on 28 May 2010 to compete in NBC's all-vocal competition, The Sing-Off. They became internationally known in 2010 when they became runners up on the show's second season. These southern gents quickly won over Sing-Off judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls), and--most importantly--millions of NBC primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella. Since their success on The Sing-Off, Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, performing across the country and around the world, and even working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and Take 6's Claude McKnight.
MEET STREET CORNER SYMPHONY
Adam Chance, Bass, was born on the Florida Panhandle and grew up in southern Alabama, just north of the beautiful (once oil-free) Gulf Coast beaches. His childhood home was two miles down a dirt road, and he spent many summer days fishing in the Gulf. He learned to sing in the shower, learned music theory in marching band, and plays a number of instruments. He also once met Chuck D. Adam studied journalism and music at the University of Alabama and is also a songwriter. He enjoys watching American and Association football, wearing vests and ties, and would prefer not to die by sword or gunshot. Although he is a manly bass, he is afraid of spiders.
Jeremy Lister, Tenor, began singing and learning harmony in church at the age of two. He grew up writing songs with his older brother, Richie. Setting out on his own in 2003, Jeremy moved to Nashville, taking his first EP “Shooting Star” with him. In 2005, he released his second EP, “So Far,” and quickly gained the attention of Warner Brothers Records. By the spring of 2007, Lister had signed a record deal with Warner Brothers. His WB debut, the “Just One Day” EP, was released in November 2007. Jeremy has toured with Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat, and he's sold out his own headlining shows in and around Nashville. He recently released his full-length album, "The Bed You Made."
Jonathan Lister, Baritone/Tenor, is the youngest of the Lister brothers and grew up in Madison, Mississippi. He now calls Nashville, Tennessee his home. He began singing at the age of three. His musical background mostly consists of singing in church, marching in his high school drum line, and playing guitar and drums in various rock bands. Jonathan got his first taste of a cappella when he toured with Street Corner Symphony (then opening for Ben Folds) in early 2011. To prepare himself for the tour, he successfully overcame the challenge of learning to beat box in just two weeks. This eventually led to Jonathan competing on Season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off, where he performed with Nashville-based a cappella group "The Collective".
Kurt Zimmerman, Vocal Percussion, began his a cappella career at the early age of 16 as the vocal percussionist in Eleventh Hour. During his time with the group, Kurt appeared on NBC’s The Sing-Off and at the ACDA National Convention. Kurt has performed with Eleventh Hour and presented as a clinician at Show Choir Camps of America and Camp A Capella as well as at many high schools, universities, and academic conferences. Upon graduating high school, Kurt was hired as vocal percussionist for Street Corner Symphony. When not beatboxing, Kurt maintains a free-lance presence running live sound for shows, recording, editing, and mixing. His work has been featured on numerous CARA-nominated and award-winning high school albums.
Mark McLemore, High Tenor, was born in Alabama and has lived exclusively in the deep South all his life. Despite a strong musical environment in his early years, Mark rejected the idea of ever playing music, vowing instead to be a professional baseball player. Some years later, Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance. His achievements include a handful of piano awards and scholarships, two Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) the record Sunday Drive (2008), and several CARA nominations with SCS. When Mark isn't doing something for SCS, he's working in his Nashville project studio (Corn Dog Studios) producing a cappella, solo music, and—currently—his very first video game soundtrack.
Richie Lister, Baritone, grew up in Mississippi, but now calls Nashville TN his home. Although he primarily sings baritone, Richie has a broad range and can occasionally be heard singing the highest part. He learned to sing and how to harmonize from his musical parents and could match pitch with his dad at age 2. He is the grandson of renowned southern gospel tenor Bill Shaw of “The Blackwood Brothers”. As well as a vocalist, Richie is an accomplished keyboardist and songwriter. When he isn't singing a capella with SCS, Richie plays keys and sings for various Nashville based artists and works to complete what will be his debut solo album. Although he denies it himself, Richie is often told that he has an uncanny resemblance to John Lennon.
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