Naturally 7 is an American music group with a distinct a cappella style they call “Vocal Play”. They sing primarily R&B with extensive beat boxing. It’s hard to describe this act other than saying each of them uses their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars. They have made beat boxing look like child’s play. While the road ahead looks brilliant – to truly understand Naturally 7’s meteoric rise, one must first look at the whirlwind that has been the last 3 years.
From performing alongside Michael Buble on three duets and being the opening on his “Crazy Love” World Tour, to performing and opening for Coldplay, to national television performances, the group is poised to continue taking the world by storm with their unique sound. With their rich harmonies, unbelievable ability to replicate instruments, and a stage presence that can be felt in every seat of the house, Naturally 7, the first vocal play group ever, is amazing. The group can be found charming fans wherever they perform.
The origins of the group date back to New York City in 1999 when Roger Thomas started the group with his brother, Warren, and five other talented singers they had come to know over the years from singing around the city. Having been in and out of several traditional male groups over the years, Roger developed an affinity for a cappella sounds and a unique ability to create distinct harmony arrangements. When invited to sing at a major a cappella competition in New York, they won the competition, moved onto the nationals, and took away two more wins.
Riding the wave of this newfound success and still unable to decide if Naturally 7 was going to be an a cappella group or a traditional band, Roger had a novel idea: they could be both.
He remembered that as children, his brother Warren always wanted a drum set but their mother always told him no because it was just too noisy. So Warren learned to make true drum sounds to compensate for not having real drums, developing different ways of making the kick, toms, snare, cymbals, and other drum sounds. Roger approached Warren with the idea from their childhood, and asked if he could become the band’s drummer, so to speak, to accompany Naturally 7 on up-tempo songs.
The idea evolved and each band member found unique aspects of their own voices to determine what instrument each would one of them would BECOME. After all, Roger thought, if the human voice truly was an instrument, it should not matter what instrument it actually was. For Naturally 7, it truly did not matter and “VOCAL PLAY” was born.
What is the difference between Vocal Play and a cappella? A cappella is defined as singing without instruments. Vocal Play is singing AS instruments, and the voice BECOMING an instrument.
This is what makes Naturally 7 special; every instrument sound that they sing is created from the human voice. There are no actual drums, guitars, horns, flutes, or any other instrument that is heard when listening to them perform; it’s each band member playing each of his vocal instruments.
The group has recorded a number of CDs over the years –“Non Fiction” (2000) the aptly titled “What Is It” (2003), “Christmas…It’s A Love Story” (2004) and “Ready II Fly” (2006). The latter contains the YouTube-hit “Feel It (In the Air Tonight”). Naturally 7’s now famous Paris subway performance of the song, has received over four and a half million hits on YouTube alone and the number of people discovering the group adds to that figure daily. The song turned into a Top 3-chart-success in France, Belgium and South Africa and made the single charts in other European countries, such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.
The group continued to travel and perform with Michael Buble on his world tours and as special guests during his television performances. The group continues to receive nightly standing ovations and rave reviews:
Openers Naturally 7, a seven–piece vocal group from New York who at one point joined Buble during his set, delivered a jaw-dropping vocal symposium. To call them an acappella group would be a gross understatement, for they performed songs with trumpets, electric guitars, bass cello, harmonica, a full drum kit, and more–using only their voices. It was like a striking optical illusion, only aural. (Boston Globe, Nov 2010)
In the spring of 2012 Naturally 7 recorded a DVD in Hamburg “All Natural Live”, and it was released the following Spring. In June of the same year, the group made a return appearance at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, receiving yet another standing ovation from the crowd of 18 thousand! During the remainder of 2012, Naturally 7 continued touring Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Two further highlights created a perfect ending for 2012. The group was a special guest on Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto Tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and they performed 32 shows at Europe’s most successful Arena-event “Night Of The Proms”, along with Mick Hucknall and The Jacksons.
In June of 2013, they were thrilled to be returning as Special Guests for superstar Michael Buble’s record-breaking, 10-show performances at London’s O2 Arena. When not on the road, Naturally 7 was in the studio recording material their 2014 release, “Hidden In Plain Sight.”
Their phenomenal talent, coupled with a live show that many consider to be one of the best in the world, has Naturally 7 poised for continued success! visit the Naturally 7 Official website