KeyStone is a contemporary a cappella singing group based in Southeast Pennsylvania. Formed in April of 2011, the six members of KeyStone have over 100 collective years of experience in vocal and theatrical performance. KeyStone strives to present innovative, original arrangements of pop and rock music both familiar and obscure. They also have a flair for quirky novelty numbers that get audiences laughing and smiling.
KeyStone is at home performing in both amplified and acoustical environments. The majority of their repertoire features a lead vocalist, background vocals and vocal instrumentals, vocal bass, and vocal percussion (beatbox). KeyStone uses a simple tech setup with six microphones, monitors, and mains with minimal compression and reverb. We are available for all events, corporate or private, educational or recreational.
KeyStone has already been coached by some of the most accomplished and respected names in contemporary a cappella singing. Barry Carl, the original bass singer with the internationally-acclaimed vocal group Rockapella, said: “Very pro. Great dynamics and musicality. Great bass and percussion work. How many modulations were in that song?” Nationally-recognized a cappella arranger and performer Tom Anderson stated: “These are great arrangements sung well. You were three-for-three on great soloists. I have no constructive criticism to add – that was so good.” Amy Engelhardt, former member of the legendary a cappella quartet The Bobs complimented KeyStone's inventive musical arrangements, stating “KeyStone is going to interesting places in their arrangements and choice of material.”
KeyStone is a proud member of the Contemporary A Cappella League sponsored by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America. They have performed at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA as part of the Harmony Sweepstakes Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition, were selected as featured performers for the CAL Showcase at VoCALnation A Cappella Festival in Washington, D.C., and served as hosts for the VoCALnation National A Cappella Festival in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. Upcoming gigs include the Hard Rock Cafe in Philly, and the Waterfront Stage at Penn's Landing. KeyStone has a single released on iTunes and will be heading to the studio this fall to record their first EP.
Amy Howe: Soprano
Jen Steinberg: Alto
Tom West: Tenor
Josh Schrager: Tenor
Joe Gooch: Bass
Jamie Howe: Vocal Percussion
Rockapella, The House Jacks, Take 6, Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser, Bobby McFerrin
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 60 minutes
Event planners and clients can expect a professional act, from initial contact, through load-in, sound check, performance, break-down, and post-event wrap-up. We have a standard repertoire that spans pop/rock music of the 70's, 80's, 90's, and current hits. We also have a holiday set that is a great mix of the traditional (with a twist) and covers of popular pop artists' Christmas music. We can, with advanced notice, learn repertoire specific to your event.
Audiences can expect a tight, in-tune vocal sound with vocal imitations of instruments and percussion. Our vocal arrangements are custom-made and feature tight harmonies, varied rhythmic feels, and layered vocal lines. We specialize in coming up with inventive ways to treat popular songs, but sing some of our repertoire in a familiar manner as well.
Acoustic-only venues must be conducive to vocal music with minimal ambient (crowd) noise.
Amplified venues can optionally supply 5 Shure SM-58 or equivalent with cords or 6 wireless hand-held mics
Amplified venues can optionally supply monitors and mains with a minimum 6-channel mixing board
Amplified venues must supply power
Minimum stage 9'x6'
We request six bottles of water for performances lasting longer than 20 minutes
KeyStone is at home performing in both amplified and acoustical environments. The majority of their repertoire features a lead vocalist, background vocals and vocal instrumentals, vocal bass, and vocal percussion (beatbox). KeyStone uses a simple tech setup with six microphones, monitors, and mains with minimal compression and reverb. We can supply our own gear if needed or can sing on your house system with standard Shure SM-58's or equivalent, although we prefer singing on wireless mics. We can supply our own sound equipment and sound technician at additional cost or can work with your house sound technician. We require no special light cues. If food is provided as part of a contract, it must be peanut-free.
KeyStone sings a wide variety of pop and rock music from the past 50 years of American history. Everything from doo wop to hip hop is on the menu, with the bulk of our repertoire being 80′s and 90′s hits. All of our musical arrangements are conceptualized by the members of KeyStone and arranged by Amy and Tom. Our repertoire is constantly in development and is always growing.
25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago)
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (Simon & Garfunkel)
Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
Below my Feet (Mumford and Sons)
Erased (Annie Lennox)
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (The Police)
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall (Coldplay)
Fidelity (Regina Spektor)
I’ll Be There (Jackson 5)
In Your Arms (Kina Grannis)
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
In Your Light (Gotye)
A Moment Like This (Kelly Clarkson)
Rhythm of Love (Plain White T’s)
Roll to Me (Del Amitri)
Saving All My Love for You (Whitney Houston)
Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow)
Suddenly I See (K.T. Tunstall)
Teach your Children (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
This is War (Ingrid Michaelson)
Our holiday repertoire includes:
50 Kilowatt Tree (The Bobs)
Alien for Christmas (Fountains of Wayne)
All I Want for Christmas (Mariah Carey)
Deck the Halls (in 7/8)
Frosty the Snowman (Funky/Novelty version)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Sixpence None the Richer)
Jingle Bells (Barbara Streisand)
Let It Snow (Upbeat reggae version)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Jazz swing version)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Traditional)
What Christmas Means to Me (Hanson)
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Traditional)
If you have a specific song you would like us to include in our performance for you, let us know. We can create an arrangement of just about any song with enough advanced notice.
2011: 2 gigs
2012: 10 gigs
2013: 7 gigs (so far)
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Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Baby Shower, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Casino, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Graduation, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Other, Parade, Private Party, Quinceañera, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Sweet 16 Party, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Wedding Reception, Workshop