Committed to Faith: A Capella Group Inspires
Committed is riding a wave of success since winning NBC's The Sing-Off. Theron "Therry" Thomas, one of the group's outstanding tenors, talked with us about their faith and their desire to inspire others.
BY: Stephen Russ
Has it been a challenge to learn how to perform the songs that were new for the album?
It was actually a really good thing, we’re doing things with new ears and filling [the songs] out in different ways than we are used to. Used to we would just do six parts with “oohs” and “ahs,” and now we have instrumentation and different percussion instruments, so it’s been fun and a great experience developing that.
Did you get to record any of the vocal instruments?
I didn’t do as many because a lot of times I was doing the lead. There were a lot of instruments though. There was guitar, and Tommy does a lot of the vocal percussion. Snare, hi hats, cymbals, all that stuff.
What kind of music inspired the group while making this album?
I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one genre of music that we listen to. So, I can’t even pin point, everything that we listen to influenced us.
Are these the kind of the albums you hope to make?
Definitely, the path that we are on now is the path that we want to stay on.
What is your religious background?
We are Seventh Day Adventists. We observe the Sabbath from Friday night to Saturday night. We grew up in church.
How has your faith life impacted your life on the road?
We don’t usually perform on Friday nights, we choose not to. We usually perform on Saturday nights. If we do perform on Friday nights it is usually at a Christian or Charity event that we are giving back for. It doesn’t really conflict with our beliefs then.
What kind of spiritual activities do you do as a group?
We have worship together everyday. We sing, and we read a devotional, and we pray. Usually in the tour bus.
Do you all keep up with any of the other Sing-Off contestants?
Definitely, we became a family on the show, we still talk to them almost everyday. They’ve definitely become like our brothers and sisters.
What kind of challenges do you face as an a capella group?
Because we are an a capella group, it’s not the most mainstream idea for the listeners. The mainstream world likes to have a lot of instrumentation, bass, all that stuff. We’re coming to where it doesn’t sound like anything is missing. All the instrumentation is there, if you listen to the album you can’t tell that anything is missing. Some people even mistake our voices as instruments. I guess that’s a good thing, but when we perform all that stuff isn’t there. We added parts here and there on the album, but performing is a different story. So performing certain things and having them come across the same way it does on the album is the biggest challenge.
Give these guys support by buying the album and going to see them live. They deserve it.