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Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.
The guys have released 15+ albums and have sold over 2,000,000 copies.
Tonic Sol-fa independently produces an annual, sold-out holiday tour in the Midwest as well as spring and summer concert tours throughout the U.S.
National appearances include: Newsweek, Country Weekly and MediaStyle magazines, NBC's Today Show, Steve & DC (nationally syndicated radio show) and many others.
Corporate sponsorships have been forged with Blue Bunny, Bose, Schwan’s Foods, General Mills, Tastefully Simple, Herberger’s and the Wenger Corporation.
Tonic Sol-fa has 3 PBS television specials, “Christmas,” "If I Can Dream," and "Greatest Time of Year."
Tonic Sol-fa won it’s first Emmy in the "Musical Composition/Arrangement" category for a song performed in a Toys for Tots PSA (Public Service Announcement).
TSF recently won two Independent Grammys for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Pop Song out of 650,000 entries worldwide.
Philanthropic efforts include: collaborations with Be the Match foundation and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” effort, contributions to breast cancer research for every pre-ordered copy of “Boston to Beijing,” radio drive appearances for Gillette Children’s Hospital, Music in the Schools Fundraisers and Master Classes, American Red Cross Disaster Relief and numerous other charities as noted on PlasticSanta.org, the non-profit arm of Tonic Sol-fa.
Tonic Sol-fa has shared the stage with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Shawn Colvin, Weird Al Yankovic, Bryan White, Neal McCoy, Nestor Torres, Bobcat Goldthwait and Jerry Springer among others.
Tonic Sol-fa’s original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, have been featured on television and in movies and have garnered numerous positive national reviews.
TSF’s original holiday song “Sno” is featured on the “12 Dogs of Christmas” (the most popular Christmas video sold at Wal-Mart).
Tonic Sol-fa has entertained at hundreds of national corporate events including: Jostens, Tastefully Simple, Thrivent Financial, LifeTouch, 3M, Wal-Mart, Buick, Medtronic, and General Mills.
The guys have performed the Star Spangled Banner for national Republican and Democratic events, former presidents, the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago Bears, the NY Mets, the National 4th of July Celebration at Mount Rushmore, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and the Saint Paul Saints to name a few.
They were voted NACA’s (National Association for Campus Activities) Contemporary Artist of the Year and have been nominated multiple times for NACA’s Entertainer of the Year (most popular group in America on the college circuit).
TSF was inducted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame and the MN Music Hall of Fame alongside Prince and Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis.
Tonic Sol-fa was voted by Campus Activities Magazine as “One of the top five ‘MUST SEE’ groups in America.”
The New York Times described Tonic Sol-fa’s sound as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice.”
Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but also one of the most successful independent acts in America. In addition to substantial album sales of its own independent releases (2,000,000 copies sold), the group has toured extensively throughout the US and abroad, building their financial base with a steady list of festivals and private shows that eventually led to numerous sold-out tours of theaters and small arenas.
Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota and includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist, Greg Bannwarth, baritone and percussionist/vocal percussionist, Theo Brown, and bass, Jared Dove. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Weird Al Yankovic, and were recently inducted in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame alongside Prince.
From the group’s onset, the members have overseen and operated the business of Tonic Sol-fa with a only a small team of driven supporters acting as managers, lawyers, and publicists, and increased revenue from a few thousand dollars in their first year to a multi-million dollar limited liability company. The group overcame a number of obstacles, including an unspoken apprehension to a cappella acts by individuals in the music industry and having a name that was anything but catchy (a system of naming the notes of the scale, usually do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, developed to teach singing). Still, the group persevered, recording and manufacturing its own records and selling them to a growing legion of fans via the Internet and social networking sites, in the lobby of the theaters where they performed, and through a growing national distribution. One could say they gained their current consumer popularity the old fashioned way; they earned it.
At present, Tonic Sol-fa is putting the finishing touches on an album of requested originals, a collaborative recording in a catalog of numerous award-winning DVD and CD projects highlighting four indelible voices. This outstanding blend has resulted in multiple Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards, NACA (National Association of Collegiate Activities) Entertainer of the Year nominations, considerable national press, and has landed their music on the best-selling seasonal DVD at Wal-Mart, The 12 Dogs of Christmas.
Further Tonic Sol-fa has released three television specials, which have aired over 1800 times in forty-seven states and Canada. The new PBS special will be shown through 2020, continuing to spread Tonic Sol-fa's unique sound to an ever-growing audience.
Tonic Sol-fa continues to tour, record, and conscientiously run their business in the only way familiar to them – differently.