Naturally 7 In Concert Recap Source: Dawn Langfield, Langfield Entertainment
Wow. There are barely words that can describe what went down at
The Great Hall last week. I knew that Naturally 7 was an a
cappella group that use their voices to replicate the sounds of
instruments. But I wasn’t ready, not even close! There were
times during the concert that I actually forgot that they were
not singing with a full band behind them. Really!
The intricate harmonies blended perfectly with their full
including the sounds of an R&B band (complete with guitar
solos), horn section, string section, full percussion, winds,
beatbox, and DJ scratching. Absolutely sensational. And each
of these veteran performers had their own unique flavour at the
mic. Other than the mega talents of the tenors, baritones and
bass (I’ll get to him later!) were the ‘sounds’ of Warren Thomas
(percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor). He could imitate the
exact sounds of a full drum kit. He sat in back of the group
with the bass ‘player’ as is the normal positioning of band
members. His beats and beatboxing were phenomenal and tight.
Now the bass … widely known to be my favourite instrument,
electric, stand up or, in this case, on vocals. “Hops” Hutton
surprised the room. He was this lean, tall ‘drink of water’.
It was almost impossible to imagine that this young man had such
a deep and resonating voice. I mean, he went to the depths of
the lower register with such a full and rich sound. A real
compliment to the entire structure of what is Naturally 7.
This is a well-polished, engaging, entertaining, charming group
of men that know how to connect with their audience and have the
vocal skills, choreography and professionalism to back it up.
What a pleasure to hear music without the overproduction that we
hear so often.
Naturally 7 are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st
Baritone, Rap), Warren
Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge
(1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Napoleon (Polo) Cummings (4th
Tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trumpet),
Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harmonica) and “Hops” Hutton
Check out more photos on my FB page and in my PHOTO
GALLERY – they don’t do them justice but I’ve
also incorporated some videos to give you a flavour of what you
missed if you didn’t attend. I’ll keep you posted of any return
engagements. I’ll be the first in line and encourage you to buy
their CDs – crazy and have been listening to them all week.
Thank you Naturally 7 for bringing the joy and excitement of
true and unobstructed talent across my plate again. And thank
you to Stephane Lecuyer for getting me involved with them
through Full Capacity Concerts. (www.fullcc.com)