SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

September 15, 2010 12:40 ET

Straight No Chaser Wraps Up Its Holiday Gift Box; Three Disc Set Collects A Cappella Superstars' Enormously Popular Xmas-Themed Releases, Including Two Albums and Full-Length Concert DVD; Massive North American Tour Begins September 16th, and Then Continues Through to the Holiday Season; "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS" Arrives on October 26th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) -  ATCO/Atlantic recording group Straight No Chaser has announced the upcoming release of their first-ever box set, entitled "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS." The collection -- which includes the acclaimed a cappella group's best-selling holiday-themed albums, "HOLIDAY SPIRITS" and "CHRISTMAS CHEERS," as well as the full-length concert DVD never before available in stores, "LIVE IN NEW YORK: HOLIDAY EDITION" -- arrives on October 26th. Beginning Sept. 28, fans can pre-order the set through www.sncmusic.com, and for a limited time, those who take part in the pre-order will receive a 5-track bonus EP with two previously unreleased songs.

Straight No Chaser will herald the release of "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS" with an extensive North American tour that will take them through to the holiday season. The three-month trek begins September 16th at Redding, California's Cascade Theatre and then continues through mid-December (see itinerary below). For complete details and up-to-the-minute ticket information, please see Straight No Chaser's official website, www.sncmusic.com.

The upcoming tour will feature the debut of SNC's newest member, Don Nottingham, stepping in for the group's founder and first music director, Dan Ponce, who recently announced his departure to return to his career as an on-air general assignment reporter at Chicago's WGN News. 

The new dates follow SNC's sold-out spring tour, as well as their recent residency at Harrah's in Atlantic City, NJ. Among the summer's many highlights was an opportunity to join the one-and-only Barry Manilow on stage for a very special performance of his classic "One Voice." SNC previously teamed with Manilow for a recorded rendition of the track, which was featured on the group's third and most recent album, "WITH A TWIST."

Released last April, "WITH A TWIST" marked Straight No Chaser's highest chart debut to date, entering the Billboard 200 at #29. In addition, the album 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, as well as performances on Today and CBS's Early Show.

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 12 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. 

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 2010
SEPT.        
16   Redding, CA   Cascade Theatre
17   Jacksonville, OR   Britt Festival
18   Lake Tahoe, CA   Harrah's South Shore
19   Napa, CA   Napa Valley Opera House
22   Nashville, TN   War Memorial Theatre
23   Chattanooga, TN   Tivoli Theatre
24   Newark, OH   Midland Theater--SOLD OUT
25   Ft. Wayne, IN   Embassy Theatre
26   Milwaukee, WI   The Pabst Theatre--SOLD OUT
29   St. Louis, MO   The Pageant
30   Omaha, NE   Omaha Civic Music Hall
         
OCT.        
1   Elizabeth, IN   Horseshoe Southern Indiana
2   Kalamazoo, MI   State Theatre
3   South Bend, IN   Morris Performing Arts Center
6   Greenvale, NY   Tilles Center
7   Wilkes-Barre, PA   Kirby Center
8   Albany, NY   Palace Theatre
9   Reading, PA   Sovereign Center--SOLD OUT
10   Youngstown, OH   Covelli Centre - Skate For The Heart
13   Peoria, IL   Peoria Civic Center
14   Fayetteville, AR   Walton Arts Center
15   Dallas, TX   McFarlan Auditorium
16   Austin, TX   The Long Center
17   Houston, TX   Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
19   Kansas City, MO   The Midland
20   Des Moines, IA   Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
21   Salina, KS   Stiefel Theater For The Performing Arts
22   Colorado Springs, CO   Arnold Hall Ballroom
23   Denver, CO   Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
28   Grand Junction, CO   Avalon Theater
29   Idaho Falls, ID   Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
30   Boise, ID   Egyptian Theatre
         
NOV.        
1   Salem, OR   Elsinore Theatre
2   Fresno, CA   William Saroyan Theatre
4   Albuquerque, NM   Kiva Auditorium
5   Mesa, AZ   Ikeda Theater
6   Rancho Mirage, CA   Agua Caliente Resort
7   Las Vegas, NV   Le Theater Des Arts
9   Oklahoma City, OK   Rose State Performing Arts Theatre
11   Cincinnati, OH   Arnoff Center
12   State College, PA   Eisenhower Auditorium
13   Baltimore, MD   Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
14   Wallingford, CT   Oakdale Theatre
16   Buffalo, NY   Center for the Arts (Univ. of Buffalo)
18   Utica, NY   Stanley Performing Arts Center
19   Rochester, NY   Auditorium Theater
20   Boston, MA   The Wang Theatre
21   Providence, RI   Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts
22   Charlottesville, VA   Paramount Theatre
24   Indianapolis, IN   Murat Theatre
26   Atlantic City, NJ   Caesar's Atlantic City Casino
27   Atlantic City, NJ   Caesar's Atlantic City Casino
28   Hershey, PA   Hershey Theatre - SOLD OUT
29   Erie, PA   Warner Theater
30   New York, NY   Beacon Theater
         
DEC.        
2   Seattle, WA   McCaw Hall
3   Valley Center, CA   Harrah's Rincon
4   Los Angeles, CA   The Wiltern Theatre
5   Cupertino, CA   The Flint Center
11   Chicago, IL   Chicago Theater
12   Windsor, ON   The Colosseum @ Caesars Windsor
14   Pittsburgh, PA   Benedum Center
16   Pittsburgh, PA   Benedum Center - SOLD OUT
17   Raleigh, NC   Progress Energy Center
18   Raleigh, NC   Progress Energy Center
19   Atlanta, GA   Cobb Center
21   Tampa, FL   Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
22   Jacksonville, FL   The Florida Theater
23   Melbourne, FL   King Center for the Performing Arts

 

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