For the winners of The Sing-Off‘s second season on air, Los Angeles was a long road from Alabama. How did they make it there, and what do we know about this “boys only,” soulful a cappella group?
Church Group? Well, Sorta . . .
As Nick Lachey described each of the three remaining groups on The Sing Off, he branded Committed as perhaps a bit inexperienced prior to the show. He said to the group:
“The six of you faced a challenge right out of the gate. As church singers, you’d never taken on a pop song until you hit The Sing-Off stage, but, thanks to your devotion and hard work, your soulful harmonies shined a miraculous light on the music.”
After the group’s performance on the show of “Hold my Hand,” judge Nicole Scherzinger, through tears, said to the group, “You have a very specific message, one that is of a deep love and light, and I think that the world is craving that right now.”
Group member Geston Pierre said to People, “We really want to have [an album] more on the inspirational side. That’s what we’ve been putting out . . . People want to see more inspirational music, so hopefully that’s what we can give them.”
It was no surprise when they commented in their interview after the show, “We all owe this to God,” after being awarded with a Sony contract and $100,000 grand prize.
The group hails from Huntsville, Alabama. It’s interesting to note that Committed has six members, just like last year’s winning group Nota. Another fun trivia fact is that a cappella, by definition, means “in the manner of a chapel,” indicating its roots in the church — roots that Committed and the genre a cappella share.
What many fans may not realize, however, is that while the singers are known as a “church group,” according to The Huntsville Times, the six guys met at Oakwood University. Their ties to the school were also the reason they were discovered in the first place. It was another a cappella group from Oakwood called Take 6 that recommended Committed to NBC originally.
Committed formed in 2003, but according to an earlier article by the The Huntsville Times, Pierre is the only original member still in the group. Perhaps they should indeed take judge Shawn Stockman’s advice, that they shared in their final interview, to “Stay true to yourselves, stay together, stay grounded, stay humble.”
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