Monday, December 22, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Straight No Chaser

Artist:Straight No Chaser f/CeeLo Green
Song:White Christmas
Album:Under The Influence: Holiday Edition

Straight No Chaser started out in the 90s as a collegiate a cappella singing group. They split up upon graduation and then reformed in 2006 and signed with Atlantic Records. They seem to release a lot of Christmas CDs. Straight No Chaser was formed in 1996 by ten students at Indiana University. They didn't record at the time but they did appear mostly in the Chicago area. When the students graduated, a new Straight No Chaser was formed with new students. In 2006, original Straight No Chaser member Randy Stine posted a video of the group performing The 12 Days Of Christmas on Youtube. It became a viral video sensation and Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman asked Stine if he was interested in a record deal. Straight No Chaser reformed and released the 2008 CD Holiday Spirits. It was a huge success on iTunes and Amazon. The 2009 CD Christmas Cheers was an even bigger success. Under The Influence was released May 2013 and there is also a deluxe edition with bonus tracks. Meanwhile, Straight No Chaser appeared on CeeLo Green's 2012 Christmas CD CeeLo's Magic Moment on You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Green enjoyed working with them so much that he recorded White Christmas for a Holiday Edition EP of Under The Influence. Other guest artists include Colbie Caillat, Paul McCartney and Otis Redding vocals from the 60s. I don't normally recommend EPs. But this one is cheap and Green does a wonderful version of White Christmas. Straight No Chaser has recently released Text Me Merry Christmas featuring actress Kristen Bell and it is supposed to be on this EP. Straight No Chaser is currently on tour and they will tour Europe in February. Here's the video for White Christmas by Straight No Chaser featuring CeeLo Green.

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