There are technically no musicians in the Naturally 7, but listening to an audio recording would lead you to think otherwise.
The seven man soul outfit, comprising members from New York and England, sang and used a beatboxing style approach to convincingly replicate the sounds of a full band (harmonica, drums, guitar, flute, synthesizers, etc.) during their nearly two hour concert Monday at Los Angeles' El Rey Theater. They've dubed their sound "vocal play."
See them in action:
1. Naturally 7's version of Coldplay's "Lights" was incredible. They said they recorded in the studio with Chris Martin in London.
2. This live rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" was wild, just as inventive as the original when it debuted in 1983. They had a chance to play this for Mr. Hanock at the 2011 BET Honors awards.
3. The group offered a dose of Jay Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind." Listen to the throbbing beatbox underneath their lush harmonies.
4. They even surprised the crowd with a sample of Wham's "Everything She Wants" from their song "Life Goes On (Let It Go)," a Top 10 Smooth AC single.
5. Here's an unbelievable instrumental clip of "Summer Breeze":
6. Witness the powerful bass in "Jericho (Break These Walls)":
7. It's hard to believe they are not using instruments here:
Their album, "Hidden In Plain Sight: Vox Maximus Vol. 1," is due for a 2014 release.
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