I remember when a musical group had to stick to "their kind of music" - country groups sang country, pop groups sang pop...and the two rarely met. But to me... maybe only in the past few years... maybe because of internet radio...perhaps because of the explosion of discoverable music... more and more artists are taking chances. More and more artists are enjoying the freedom and creativity of just creating. And although some collaborations may fall flat, the majority are finding an audience...their audience. Suddenly classical finds rock. And songwriters team with jazz artists. Country artists try bluegrass. And dancers team with symphonies.
This year personally highlights that very trend to me. TSF introduced looper technology on a song to showcase Greg's arranging skills (Thank you, Ed Sheeran), tried world percussion, three voices, four voices, guest rap spots, a dance number, even used piano (gasp) on a song. Of course, over the past decade, we've sung with gospel artists and country stars; we've used percussion intricately on multiple albums and tours and integrated video as well. So, in some ways, what is old for us is now new... or possibly more in vogue. I hope we've always separated ourselves. We've fought against a cappella as a "niche" style of music. And we've always fought for original music and arrangements... original style... to make "new" music rather than adding another cute twist. And to all of the fans who've been just open and crazy enough to follow this non-traditional journey, I thank you ten-fold.