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BACKTRACK

Backtrack is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in New York City. These five musicians take the stage around the nation at performing arts centers, corporate events, music festivals, schools and more. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and cover genres from pop to Motown to classical, as well as perform original compositions. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal (and beatboxing) abilities of all of the members.  Backtrack got its start on YouTube, where the group now has over 10 million views and 110,000 subscribers! They've appeared on PopTV & Scary Mommy’s "Lullaby League" hosted by Parks and Recreation star, Jim O’Heir, Steve Harvey's daytime show, STEVE!, and Broadway's Kinky Boots. In April 2019, Backtrack won Season 6 of New York's Got Talent receiving the Audience Favorite Award for all three rounds of the competition. 

Videos

"A non-stop, entertaining show." Amanda Morazain, singer and music critic

 

"My wife and I loved your show last night in St Joseph, Missouri. Your soprano reminds us of Kristen Chenoweth!  All of you are amazing. Love the drive, fun, and vocal talent. You made us feel great. All the best!"  Audience member

 

"It was the talk at our church this morning.  I have sung Barbershop music for 56 years and I loved your singing so much.  I sing bass and your guy is tremendous!  Good luck in the future and let us know if you are back in our area."​  Audience Member

"I just wanted to tell you again how grateful we are for your visit to our school. The kids really enjoyed your performance and we talked about it for days. Even more than just amazing entertainment; your visit inspired them!"   

Lucy Nisbet, Choir Director. Ponderosa High School - Outreach Performance

"Thanks for a great show last night!!!!  You won over a lot of new fans."  "I was totally blown away by your talent I have never enjoyed a concert more." "WOW!!! You totally blew the audience away." Audience Feedback - Kelowna Community Theatre

 

"Oh, my gosh, they were so much more than I had expected.....more personality, high energy, great interaction with the audience and such great voices. They were absolutely fantastic!! My 17 year old grandson loved the show as much as the older people in the crowd."  Linda Leyda Crawford County Community Concerts Association

 

“Backtrack was fabulous! They killed it.”  Angie Beach Executive Director - Music in the Mountains Durango, CO

 

“Our audience loved them - even chanted for an encore at the end. I really appreciated the mix of current pop songs, classic pop songs, songs for the younger crowd and educational moments. Truly an all ages performance! They were really generous with their time after the show as well and were courteous and respectful to our technicians, which made it an enjoyable event for EVERYONE there.”  Danielle Van Hook Director of Youth Theatre Programs - The Alden McLean, VA

 

“Backtrack knocked it out of the park! They even stayed a little longer at the reception because everyone just didn’t want to leave. We were very proud to present them and look forward to having them back very soon.” 
Layne Thompson-Payne Executive Director - Riverside Fine Arts Jacksonville, FL

 

“The group was a pleasure to work with and everyone totally enjoyed their performance. It was a night to remember and a heck of a way for me to go out - this was my final program on our performing arts series. It couldn't have been any better.” 
Phillip Lowe Coordinator of Visual & Performing Arts - Hill College Hillsboro, TX

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Programs

Mixed Pop

Confident - Demi Lovato 
I Want You Back - Jackson Five 
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles 
At Last - Etta James 
Don’t Let Me Down/Never Forget You - Chainsmokers/Zara Larsson 
My Girl - The Temptations 
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran 
I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 
Mary Poppins Medley 
No - Meghan Trainor 
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder 
Let Me Love You/Cold Water/hate u love u - Mash-Up 
Help! - The Beatles 
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake 
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell 
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran 
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond 
Sia Medley 
Beat It - Michael Jackson 
Stand By Me - Ben E King

Hits-60's & 70's

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder 
Superstition - Stevie Wonder 
Stayin’ Alive - The Bee Gees 
Joy To The World - Three Dog Night 
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen 
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye 
New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel 
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers 
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson 
September - Earth Wind and Fire
At Last - Etta James 
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles 
Help! - The Beatles 
Stand By Me - Ben E. King 
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond 
I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 
I Want You Back - Jackson Five 
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell 
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole 
My Girl - The Temptations 
Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

Current Pop

All Of Me – John Legend
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weekend
Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry
Cheap Thrills/Elastic Heart/Bird Set Free/Chandelier – Sia
Don’t Let Me Down/Never Forget You – The Chainsmokers/Zara Larsson
Drag Me Down – One Direction
How Long – Charlie Puth
No – Meghan Trainor
Ride/Stressed Out/Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara
There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Holiday Program

Jingle Bells 
Jingle Bell Rock 
Let It Go 
Let It Snow 
O Come, All Ye Faithful 
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 
Silent Night 
Silver Bells 
The Christmas Song 
Winter Wonderland
All I Want For Christmas Is You 
Away In A Manger 
Carol of the Bells 
Frosty The Snowman 
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
Little Drummer Boy 
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 
Mary Had A Baby 
O come, O come, Emmanuel 
O Holy Night 
This Christmastide (Jessye's Carol)

Bios

Backtrack is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in New York City. These five musicians take the stage around the nation at performing arts centers, corporate events, music festivals, schools and more. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and cover genres from pop to show tunes to classical, as well as perform original compositions. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal (and beatboxing) abilities of all of the members.  

 

Backtrack got its start on YouTube, where the group now has over 10 million views and 112,000 subscribers! They've appeared on PopTV & Scary Mommy’s "Lullaby League" hosted by Parks and Recreation star, Jim O’Heir, Steve Harvey's daytime show, STEVE!, and Broadway's Kinky Boots. In April 2019, the group won Season 6 of New York's Got Talent receiving the Audience Favorite Award for all three rounds of the competition. 

 

Recent tours include a three-week Midwest tour (Fall 2018), a holiday tour on both coasts (Winter 2018), a California tour (January 2019) and a two-week educational tour (April 2019). Notable venues include Temple Theater (Saginaw, MI), North San Luis Obispo County Concert Association (Paso Robles, CA) and Kelowna Community Concert Association (Kelowna, BC). 

 

Backtrack is passionate about promoting the arts and helping students find and develop their voices. The group has conducted educational programs at over 200 schools (elementary to college). They offer school assemblies, workshops with choirs, and clinics on topics including beatboxing, group vocal improvisation and solo singing. 

Mallory

Mallory got the performing "bug" at a very young age when she began training at an NYC hole-in-the-wall theater called New Media Repertory. She went on to pursue the arts more seriously throughout middle and high school in Fort Worth, TX where, as a senior, she won the Betty Buckley Best Actress award for her role as Katharine in Kiss Me Kate. She received her B. A. in Theatre with both musical theatre and marketing concentrations at Northwestern University. During her time at NU she performed in numerous musicals and plays, directed a site-specific production, and served as a four-year member and Show Producer for X-Factors A Cappella. After college, Mallory completed the highly selective 9-month professional training program at Actors Theatre of Louisville during its 14/15 season and has performed in several NYC new play readings and workshops. She has since expanded her creative pursuits into filmmaking; Mallory wrote, directed and edited her own short film through the Manhattan Film Institute and produces much of the online content for Backtrack.

Melissa

Melissa has been singing a cappella since high school, where she sang with Ridge High School’s award-winning A Cappella Choir in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. During this time, she had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall and served as Soprano I Section Leader. She continued singing a cappella in college, where she sang with Johns Hopkins University’s premiere a cappella group, Octopodes. With the group, Melissa appeared multiple times at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) semi-final rounds. The group also placed third at the 2013 SoJam Competition. In 2014, her original song, "Kill the Lights," was runner-up for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording (CARA) award for Best Original by a Scholastic Group and was featured on the compilation, "Sing 11: One Louder," produced by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). Since joining Backtrack in 2015, Melissa has continued to write songs and wrote the group’s first original, “Love Me Sweetly.” 

Mike

Mike first became intrigued with the entertainment world at the age of 11 performing in community theatre. This led him to Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School. There he joined The Jazz Chords, a Festival Disney: Jazz Celebration recognized choir and his love for a cappella music was born. Mike holds a BFA from New York University in Drama, having studied at the Stella Adler Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. During his collegiate years, he was a member of NYU’s original co-ed a cappella group, APC Rhythm, and competed in the Northeast ICCA Semifinals. Since college, Mike has performed in multiple NYC theatre festivals and original musicals, most recently being the Off Broadway run of The Extraordinary Fall of the Four Legged Woman, an a cappella Fringe Encore musical. 

JoJo

Jojo Otseidu is a bass singer, director and arranger who studied at Ohio State University. Jojo served as Music Director of his school’s elite a cappella group, The Ohio State of Mind, for two years. In 2017, he made history by leading The Ohio State of Mind to the final round of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). This marked the first appearance ever of a group from Ohio in the final stage of the competition. Jojo was recognized as an “Outstanding Bass” at the 2017 ICCA Finals. The award is rarely given; Avi Kaplan (formerly of Pentatonix) is the only other bass singer to be recognized by the ICCA judges in this category. Jojo has also been recognized with several Outstanding Arrangement Awards at Varsity Vocals competitions and has taught bass singing classes at Contemporary A Cappella Society festivals. He has sung with Disney’s new touring a cappella group “D Cappella." 

Johnny

Johnny began his career in music when he picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He performed with bands in high school before attending SUNY Fredonia for classical guitar and sound recording technology. It wasn't until his senior year of college that Johnny learned how to beatbox and quickly became obsessed. He moved to New York City, where he assimilated into a community of beatboxers, which helped shape who he is today. Since then, Johnny has worked with non-profit arts organizations such as the Hip Hop Re:education Project and Urban Art Beat and has performed at events such as the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and the Trinity Hip Hop Festival (where he opened for Talib Kweli). In addition to performing, Johnny has competed in multiple beatboxing competitions. At the American Beatbox Championships in 2015, he placed 2nd in the loop station and 2v2 battles, and placed 3rd in the 2v2 battles in 2016.