SOURCE: Atlantic Records

June 30, 2011 11:01 ET

Straight No Chaser Offers a New "TWIST"; New Addition of Smash Pop Collection Includes Bonus Tracks, Exclusive Photos, and "Straight No Chaser: Live In New York" DVD; Deluxe CD/DVD Package Available Online or at A Cappella Superstars' Live Shows; Ten-Week Summer Concert Residency at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Is Now Underway; North American Tour Kicks Off October 14th in Dallas

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 30, 2011) - ATCO/Atlantic recording group Straight No Chaser has announced the release of a two-disc deluxe edition of last year's pop breakthrough, "WITH A TWIST." The new CD/DVD package includes four previously unreleased bonus tracks, an expanded 24-page booklet, and the smash PBS concert special, Straight No Chaser: Live In New York, which has been never before been unavailable on DVD. "WITH A TWIST: DELUXE EDITION" will be released on August 9th -- pre-orders are available now (along with an array of extras like wine totes, candles, and old-fashioned glasses) at Straight No Chaser's official web store, store.sncmusic.com.

What's more, "WITH A TWIST: DELUXE EDITION" will be available at all SNC live dates, including the acclaimed a cappella group's exclusive summer concert engagement at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. The ten-week residency -- entitled "Back To The Shore: Songs Of The Decades and More" -- officially got underway this week, with further shows slated for Saturday - Wednesday evenings through September 4th. For full details and up-to-the-minute ticket availability, please visit www.harrahsresort.com/EventsDetail.do?locationCode=ATL&detailName=straight-no-chaser-detail&eventTitle=Straight+No+Chaser.

In September, SNC will follow their summer residency with a much anticipated tour of the United Kingdom, followed in October by an extensive North American itinerary. The dates begin October 14th at Dallas' McFarlan Auditorium and then continue through late December (see itinerary below). For complete information, please visit Straight No Chaser's official website, www.sncmusic.com.

Founded at Indiana University in the fall of 1996, Straight No Chaser's goal was to expand the boundaries of the traditional college a cappella group. From the start, they viewed themselves more like a local band that just happened to use their voices as their instruments. As original member Randy Stine comments, "We take the music very seriously; we just don't take ourselves too seriously." In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape.

In 1999, the graduating members of Straight No Chaser chose their replacements, ensuring that the new tradition they had created would continue on with successive generations of IU undergrads. Then, in 2006, the unexpected happened -- Indiana University decided to host a reunion concert for the original members. In honor of the event, Stine posted footage from one of their 1998 concerts online and to the group's surprise, their version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" -- interpolating Toto's "Africa" -- became the hottest viral video of the holiday season. Among the millions of viewers was Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, who tracked Straight No Chaser down and promptly signed them to the label.

"HOLIDAY SPIRITS," the group's 2008 ATCO/Atlantic debut, saw Straight No Chaser re-energizing holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "Silent Night," and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" with their captivating and powerful vocal arrangements. Fueled by appearances on ABC World News Tonight, CNN Headline News, and NBC's The Today Show, among others, the album spent 14 days in the #1 slot on Amazon.com, and 5 days at the top spot overall on iTunes. The group's now famous version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" peaked in the top 10 on the Christmas radio chart and reached the top 15 at Hot AC.

2009 saw the release of "CHRISTMAS CHEERS," which proved a top 50 smash on the Billboard 200 album chart. The collection features a further selection of holiday-themed classics, reworked in the group's inventive and original style. Among its highlights is a studio version of SNC's YouTube sensation, "The 12 Days of Christmas," the video of which is now approaching an extraordinary 13 million views.

A series of sold out headline tours followed the release of both "HOLIDAY SPIRITS" and "CHRISTMAS CHEERS." The 10-member group's captivating live show was captured for posterity in the hugely successful PBS special, Live In New York: Holiday Edition. The 2009 concert was among the most popular programs aired during PBS' annual December Pledge Drive.

Straight No Chaser's third and most recent album, "WITH A TWIST," marked the group's highest chart debut to date, entering the Billboard 200 at #29 upon its April 2010 release. In addition, the album -- which includes the group's collaboration with Barry Manilow on the classic "One Voice" -- received the 5th largest pre-order in Atlantic Records history. The group celebrated the success of "WITH A TWIST" with a memorable appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they performed an homage to ABC's famed "TGIF" line-up.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, visit www.sncmusic.com, and www.myspace.com/sncmusic.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

STRAIGHT NO CHASER
On Tour 2011

*June 28-September 4:
Harrah's Resort Atlantic City (
Saturdays-Wednesdays only)

OCTOBER
14 Dallas, TX McFarlan Auditorium
15 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
16 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Convention Center Ballroom
19 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
20 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
21 Wichita, KS Century II Convention Center Theater
23 Kansas City, MO The Midland By AMC
25 Des Moines, IA Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
26 Madison, WI The Overture Center
27 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts
28 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center
29 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theater
30 Ft. Wayne, IN War Memorial Coliseum
NOVEMBER
2 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos PAC
3 Columbus, OH Palace Theater
4 Youngstown, OH Covelli Center
5 Windsor, ON The Coliseum @ Caesars Windsor
6 Louisville, KY The Kentucky Center - Whitney Hall
9 Richmond, VA Carpenter Theatre
10 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
12 Roanoke, VA Roanoke PAC
13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
15 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
16 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
17 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Theater
18 Boston, MA Wang Theater
19 Baltimore, MD First Mariner Arena
20 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre (2 SHOWS)
22 New York, NY The Beacon Theater
23 New Brunswick, NJ The State Theatre
27 Cleveland, OH The State Theater (2 SHOWS)
30 Indianapolis, IN The Murat Theater
DECEMBER
1 Evansville, IN The Centre
2 Indianapolis, IN The Murat Theater
3 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theater (2 SHOWS)
4 Rosemont, IL The Rosemont Theater
6 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzler Concert Hall
7 Seattle, WA McCaw Hall
8 Cupertino, CA The Flint Center
10 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern Theatre
11 Santa Barbara, CA Granada Theater
13 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Theatre
16 Raleigh, NC Meymandi Concert Hall
17 Raleigh, NC Meymandi Concert Hall (2 SHOWS)
18 Atlanta, GA Civic Center
21 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
22 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
23 Tampa, FL Carol Morsani Hall In Straz PAC

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