Deke Sharon - Chicago a cappella

Deke Sharon

Born and still living in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8. As a child he toured North America and shared the stage performing in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella” this performer, arranger, music producer, author, producer and coach is credited as being responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella. Deke has also helped popularize a cappella in the mainstream. He vocally produced five seasons of “The Sing Off” for NBC  and he was arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for all three of Universal’s Pitch Perfect films. As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for almost 25 years, Deke shared the stage with music legends such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops. He is the vocal orchestrator and a producer of Broadway’s first a cappella musical, In Transit (2016). Deke has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums by Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, and others, and he created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disney World. He founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society and is responsible for creating seminal a cappella programs including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), the ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), and the BOCAs (Best of College A Cappella Compilations). He is also contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, and he has written six books.

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