published Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Critic's Choice: Take in a little a cappella flavor

Voices of Lee has made a national name for itself, including a stint on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Voices of Lee has made a national name for itself, including a stint on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CRITICS CHOICE

Barry Courter picks Voices of Lee

IF YOU GO

What: Voices of Lee

When: 7:45-9 p.m. tonight

Where: Bud Light Stage

JUNE 7-15 • CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Family & Faith Night -- or as I like to call it, Sweet Tea Night -- at Riverbend has become a big hit.

Only three of the five stages are active, alcohol sales are curtailed and families and church groups show up en masse to hear predominently Christian- or religious-based music.

This year, fans will have a chance to see and hear the 16-member a cappella ensemble Voices of Lee from up the road in Cleveland, Tenn.

Comprised of Lee University students under the direction of Danny Murray, the group has made a national name for itself thanks to numerous television appearances, most notably on NBC's "The Sing-Off," where the group finished as second runner-up in 2009.

They've appeared on "Good Morning America" and been a part of Bill Gaither's "Family Fest" and his video series; they have sung at the White House during Christmas.

You don't often get to hear an a cappella group at Riverbend, so this is a chance to hear a really good one and to support a local act.

The Voices of Lee have been around for 19 years and have recorded several CDs. You can check out some of their work, including their version of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," which they did on "The Sing Off," on YouTube.

But hearing them live is better.

Contact staff writer Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6354.

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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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