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About The Overtones

Founded in 1997, The Overtones is the premiere mixed voices 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". 

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   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". 

     On September 13, 2021, The Overtones released their brand new EP, "Exposition". It features the song "Fire" from The Overtone's award winning music video. This music video was nominated for 3 A Cappella Video Awards, Best Mixed Voices Collegiate Video, Best Pop Video, and Outstanding Video Editing. The Overtones took home the award for Best Pop Video.

    Most recently, The Overtones competed in the ICCA competition in the Mid-Atlantic Quarter Finals at George Washington University. They came home with the awards for Outstanding Soloist: Shannon McCarthy for Dancing With The Devil (OPB Demi Lovato), Best Arrangement: Liberation by BUZZ arranged by Pete Berman, Best Choreography: Brayden Paitsel and Abby Roscher, AND First Place Overall! We are currently working record new music to release this upcoming semester, in hopes to release our first studio album in six years; please consider donating to our GoFundMe to support us in making this dream a reality! 


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