About OTs

Founded in 1997, The Overtones is the premiere co-ed a cappella group at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Their first album, "...(Un)Necessary Details," was released in 1999. With this album, the song "Ghost" made them the first a cappella group at JMU to be heard on The Best of College A Cappella compilation CD in 2000.

      

Their second and third albums, "Hey What" and "Interrupted," were released in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2006, The Overtones released their fourth album, "The Red Room Sessions," which featured an original Overtones' song, "Let Go." From the same album, the song, "Rafiki," was selected for the Voices Only 2006 compilation CD.

   

In October 2007, they celebrated their 10-Year-Anniversary in true Overtone style with a host of Overtone alumni. During their spring break tour in 2008, The Overtones placed first at an a cappella competition, Rockin' the Forest, hosted by The Demon Divas of Wake Forest University.

 

 In April 2008, at their year-end show, they released their fifth album, "Bangerang!" The song, "They," from that album, was selected for Voices Only 2008. Their sixth album, "In The Hot Seat" was released April of 2010. Their rendition of "Love Today" was put on Voices Only 2010. In January 2013, the Overtones released their seventh album, "24/7".  From that album, "Hush Hush" was selected for Voices Only 2014!

The Overtones released their eighth album, "Synesthesia" in March of 2015. It features acclaimed favorites "Uptown Funk" and "Chandelier". In the fall of 2016, they released their first holiday and ninth overall album, "An Overtone Christmas". 

   In February 2018, The Overtones celebrated their 20th anniversary (a year late). Almost 100 Overtones were in tow for the event, celebrating 20 years of music, memories, and OT love. 

   The Overtones released their tenth studio album, "Infrared", in April 2018. It features favorites such as "Bad Reputation", "What About Us", and "Jason's Song (Gave It Away)". The song "Haze" from "Infrared" was featured on BOCA 2019. Coinciding with the album release, The Overtones released their first ever music video, "Say Love". 

Most recently, The Overtones released their brand new single "Lovely". This single will also be featured on their eleventh studio album being released in the Fall of 2020.

©  Bryant Leonard/JMU Overtones 2020