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Counterpoint with Deke and Dietz is a brand new a cappella podcast exploring how the industry got started, where it’s going, and how we’ll get there together. Hosted by award-winning arrangers and musicians Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, In Transit) and Rob Dietz (The Sing-Off, Glee), each episode features an interview with a premier member of the a cappella community alongside additional segments including signature Counterpoint debates about controversial topics in vocal music, History Minutes, Tales from the Road, Sound Tutorials, and more!

Latest Episodes

We Still Ain't Got No Band - A Tribute to Jerry Lawson

Deke and Dietz sit down to discuss the incredible a cappella legacy of Persuasions founder and lead vocalist, Jerry Lawson. Rest in peace, Jerry! The Persuasions performing "Buffalo Soldier" in 1971 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGlZQQFqmcc

24 MIN2019 JUL 16
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We Still Ain't Got No Band - A Tribute to Jerry Lawson

Episode 12 - Mario Jose Sends Us Out On a High Note

On the final episode of Season 1, Mario Jose joins us to talk about making a career in Los Angeles, singing w/ Pitch Slapped on The Sing-Off & how friendship & hard work landed him gigs singing w/ Pentatonix, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, & more! Segments - Tales From the Road w/ Christopher Diaz of The Exchange, & Sound Tutorial w/ Selame Scarlett of Traces. Counterpoint - Should groups use effects live? Orig Song - "Is It Wrong?" Performed by The Funx. Written by Harry Nichols. Used w/ permission.

55 MIN2019 JUN 20
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Episode 12 - Mario Jose Sends Us Out On a High Note

Episode 11 - Danielle Withers Sings Through the Changes

Danielle Withers of Afro Blue joins Deke & Dietz to talk about her path from The Sing-Off to performing with some of the biggest artists in the world, including The Killers, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande. Segments: Sound tutorial with Deke, & arranger's corner with Ben Bram on his arrangement of Pentatonix's "Can't Help Falling In Love." Counterpoint: Should you move to a major city to start an a cappella group? Orig Song: "Uncharted Heart" by Forte. Written by Sophia Rosado. Used w/ permission.

58 MIN2019 JUN 6
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Episode 11 - Danielle Withers Sings Through the Changes

Episode 10 - Bill Hare Mixes it Up

A cappella veteran, and Grammy winning producer Bill Hare joins Deke and Dietz to talk about how he got his start recording a cappella, his years of collaboration with The House Jacks, and how messing around in the studio led to recorded a cappella as we know it today. Segments: Sound Tutorial with Jo Vinson of Musae. Counterpoint: Can long-distance groups be successful? Original Song: "Isn't It Good to Be in Love Every Day?" by Bassless. Written bySašo Vrabič. Used with permission.

54 MIN2019 MAY 23
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Episode 10 - Bill Hare Mixes it Up

Episode 9 - Adam Chance Gives Us the Lowdown

Home Free baritone, & former Streetcorner Symphony bass, Adam Chance joins Deke & Dietz to share his perspective as a former aca-outsider who has gone on to sing w/ two of the most popular groups of all time! As with most things, it all started in choir... Segments: Arranger's corner w/ Clare Wheeler of The Swingle Singers, & Tales from the Road w/ VJ Rosales. Counterpoint: Awards in a cappella. Original Song: "Picturing You" by Streetcorner Symphony (written by Jeremy Lister). Used w/ permission.

59 MIN2019 MAY 9
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Episode 9 - Adam Chance Gives Us the Lowdown

Episode 8 - Kid Beyond Lays Down the Foundation

Kid Beyond joins Deke & Dietz to talk about the process of developing vocal percussion as we know it today, what it was like evolving into a solo act, & what the evolution of modern a cappella has looked like to someone who was there at the start! Segments: In honor of ICCA finals - History Minute abt the ICCA MTV pilot, & competition advice from our friends at Acaville Radio. Counterpoint - Should groups use outside arrangers? Original Song - I Shall Be Free by Kid Beyond. Used with permission.

58 MIN2019 APR 25
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Episode 8 - Kid Beyond Lays Down the Foundation

Episode 7 - Kristin Denehy Stages a Revolution

Acclaimed dancer and choreographer Kristin Denehy joins Deke and Dietz to discuss her choreography work on The Sing-Off, how to pull off great looking choreo regardless of your group’s skill level, and the trends of movement and dance in current pop music. Additional segments include: Tales from the Road with Mario Jose, and Sound Tutorial with Kevin Olusola. Counterpoint: The pros and cons of competitive a cappella. Original Song: Something Good by Hannah Tobias. Used with permission.

59 MIN2019 APR 11
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Episode 7 - Kristin Denehy Stages a Revolution

Episode 6 - VJ Rosales Riffs on the Industry

VJ Rosales of the Filharmonic joins Deke and Dietz to talk about his experiences on The Sing-Off, backing up stars like Anna Kendrick and Usher for riff-offs with James Corden, and his plan to take over the world with original music. Segments: Arranger’s Corner - Hot Seat Edition, and Inside the Studio with Ellie Brigida of Clear Harmonies. Counterpoint: Should groups have a faculty director? Original song: I Don't Remember by NoVI. Used with permission.

53 MIN2019 MAR 28
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Episode 6 - VJ Rosales Riffs on the Industry

Episode 5 - Ryan Parma Keeps It in Focus

This week’s guest is videographer Ryan Parma who dishes about how he got his start in the industry, his early work with Pentatonix, and the making of some of his viral videos featuring award-winning groups like Pentatonix, Forte, the Tufts Beelzebubs, & more. Segments: History Minute with Deke Sharon, & Tales from the Road featuring Danielle Withers of Traces of Blue. Original song - “Canción del Pajaro by Women of the World (written and arranged by Jacinta Clusellas). Used with permission.

63 MIN2019 MAR 14
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Episode 5 - Ryan Parma Keeps It in Focus

Episode 4 - Lisa Forkish Fights for Inclusivity

Renowned arranger, director, & activist Lisa Forkish sits down with Deke and Dietz to talk about inclusion in the a cappella community. Lisa draws upon her experiences in Divisi (the group that inspired Pitch Perfect), her annual festival WeSing, & her passion for music to help explore the question: why aren’t there more women in a cappella? Segments: Arranger's Corner w/ Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix, & Sound Tutorial w/ Deke Sharon. Original Song - "Love Warrior" by Lisa Forkish. Used with permissio

55 MIN2019 FEB 28
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Episode 4 - Lisa Forkish Fights for Inclusivity

Latest Episodes

We Still Ain't Got No Band - A Tribute to Jerry Lawson

Deke and Dietz sit down to discuss the incredible a cappella legacy of Persuasions founder and lead vocalist, Jerry Lawson. Rest in peace, Jerry! The Persuasions performing "Buffalo Soldier" in 1971 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGlZQQFqmcc

24 MIN2019 JUL 16
Comments
We Still Ain't Got No Band - A Tribute to Jerry Lawson

Episode 12 - Mario Jose Sends Us Out On a High Note

On the final episode of Season 1, Mario Jose joins us to talk about making a career in Los Angeles, singing w/ Pitch Slapped on The Sing-Off & how friendship & hard work landed him gigs singing w/ Pentatonix, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, & more! Segments - Tales From the Road w/ Christopher Diaz of The Exchange, & Sound Tutorial w/ Selame Scarlett of Traces. Counterpoint - Should groups use effects live? Orig Song - "Is It Wrong?" Performed by The Funx. Written by Harry Nichols. Used w/ permission.

55 MIN2019 JUN 20
Comments
Episode 12 - Mario Jose Sends Us Out On a High Note

Episode 11 - Danielle Withers Sings Through the Changes

Danielle Withers of Afro Blue joins Deke & Dietz to talk about her path from The Sing-Off to performing with some of the biggest artists in the world, including The Killers, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande. Segments: Sound tutorial with Deke, & arranger's corner with Ben Bram on his arrangement of Pentatonix's "Can't Help Falling In Love." Counterpoint: Should you move to a major city to start an a cappella group? Orig Song: "Uncharted Heart" by Forte. Written by Sophia Rosado. Used w/ permission.

58 MIN2019 JUN 6
Comments
Episode 11 - Danielle Withers Sings Through the Changes

Episode 10 - Bill Hare Mixes it Up

A cappella veteran, and Grammy winning producer Bill Hare joins Deke and Dietz to talk about how he got his start recording a cappella, his years of collaboration with The House Jacks, and how messing around in the studio led to recorded a cappella as we know it today. Segments: Sound Tutorial with Jo Vinson of Musae. Counterpoint: Can long-distance groups be successful? Original Song: "Isn't It Good to Be in Love Every Day?" by Bassless. Written bySašo Vrabič. Used with permission.

54 MIN2019 MAY 23
Comments
Episode 10 - Bill Hare Mixes it Up

Episode 9 - Adam Chance Gives Us the Lowdown

Home Free baritone, & former Streetcorner Symphony bass, Adam Chance joins Deke & Dietz to share his perspective as a former aca-outsider who has gone on to sing w/ two of the most popular groups of all time! As with most things, it all started in choir... Segments: Arranger's corner w/ Clare Wheeler of The Swingle Singers, & Tales from the Road w/ VJ Rosales. Counterpoint: Awards in a cappella. Original Song: "Picturing You" by Streetcorner Symphony (written by Jeremy Lister). Used w/ permission.

59 MIN2019 MAY 9
Comments
Episode 9 - Adam Chance Gives Us the Lowdown

Episode 8 - Kid Beyond Lays Down the Foundation

Kid Beyond joins Deke & Dietz to talk about the process of developing vocal percussion as we know it today, what it was like evolving into a solo act, & what the evolution of modern a cappella has looked like to someone who was there at the start! Segments: In honor of ICCA finals - History Minute abt the ICCA MTV pilot, & competition advice from our friends at Acaville Radio. Counterpoint - Should groups use outside arrangers? Original Song - I Shall Be Free by Kid Beyond. Used with permission.

58 MIN2019 APR 25
Comments
Episode 8 - Kid Beyond Lays Down the Foundation

Episode 7 - Kristin Denehy Stages a Revolution

Acclaimed dancer and choreographer Kristin Denehy joins Deke and Dietz to discuss her choreography work on The Sing-Off, how to pull off great looking choreo regardless of your group’s skill level, and the trends of movement and dance in current pop music. Additional segments include: Tales from the Road with Mario Jose, and Sound Tutorial with Kevin Olusola. Counterpoint: The pros and cons of competitive a cappella. Original Song: Something Good by Hannah Tobias. Used with permission.

59 MIN2019 APR 11
Comments
Episode 7 - Kristin Denehy Stages a Revolution

Episode 6 - VJ Rosales Riffs on the Industry

VJ Rosales of the Filharmonic joins Deke and Dietz to talk about his experiences on The Sing-Off, backing up stars like Anna Kendrick and Usher for riff-offs with James Corden, and his plan to take over the world with original music. Segments: Arranger’s Corner - Hot Seat Edition, and Inside the Studio with Ellie Brigida of Clear Harmonies. Counterpoint: Should groups have a faculty director? Original song: I Don't Remember by NoVI. Used with permission.

53 MIN2019 MAR 28
Comments
Episode 6 - VJ Rosales Riffs on the Industry

Episode 5 - Ryan Parma Keeps It in Focus

This week’s guest is videographer Ryan Parma who dishes about how he got his start in the industry, his early work with Pentatonix, and the making of some of his viral videos featuring award-winning groups like Pentatonix, Forte, the Tufts Beelzebubs, & more. Segments: History Minute with Deke Sharon, & Tales from the Road featuring Danielle Withers of Traces of Blue. Original song - “Canción del Pajaro by Women of the World (written and arranged by Jacinta Clusellas). Used with permission.

63 MIN2019 MAR 14
Comments
Episode 5 - Ryan Parma Keeps It in Focus

Episode 4 - Lisa Forkish Fights for Inclusivity

Renowned arranger, director, & activist Lisa Forkish sits down with Deke and Dietz to talk about inclusion in the a cappella community. Lisa draws upon her experiences in Divisi (the group that inspired Pitch Perfect), her annual festival WeSing, & her passion for music to help explore the question: why aren’t there more women in a cappella? Segments: Arranger's Corner w/ Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix, & Sound Tutorial w/ Deke Sharon. Original Song - "Love Warrior" by Lisa Forkish. Used with permissio

55 MIN2019 FEB 28
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Episode 4 - Lisa Forkish Fights for Inclusivity

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