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DEKE SHARON BIO

Deke Sharon Official Total Vocal A Cappella Arranging Producing Directing Coaching

Born in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8, and as a child toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world.

Deke produced The Sing-Off worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China, South Africa), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s Pitch Perfect & Pitch Perfect 2 & Pitch Perfect 3 starring Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson.

Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, ICCAs (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella), BOCA (Best of College A Cappella Compilations), the first contemporary a cappella conferences (The A Cappella Summit), the Contemporary A Cappella League, the professional ensembles Voasis and Vocalosity, and Camp A Cappella. His latest project for Disney – D Cappella – launched in 2018.

He is also contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. He has written 5 books: “A cappella Arranging” (2012), “A Cappella” (2015), “The Heart of Vocal Harmony” (2016), “A Cappella Warmups for Pop and Jazz Choir” (2017) and “So You Want To Sing A Cappella” (2017). He is also the vocal orchestrator for the Broadway’s first a cappella musical: In Transit (2016).

As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for almost 25 years, the original “Rock Band Without Instruments,” Deke shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums, and dozens of international tours to their names, including multiple appearances Carnegie Hall, and performed the Monday Night Football Theme with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.

He has produced dozens of award-winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. He’s a frequent emcee at events, and gives corporate speeches on business lessons from vocal harmony, to companies like Google and Facebook. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, including “Just Dance Kids 2.” He is one of only 20 honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1938, as well as an honorary member of BYU Vocal Point, and received CASA’s lifetime achievement award in 2016 and the PT Barnum Award for Excellence from Tufts University in 2017. Perhaps you saw him on Lifetime Television’s “Pitch Slapped” coaching Stay Tuned from Cherry Hill New Jersey (2016). He can now be seen on BBC One’s “Pitch Battle” in the UK (2017).

“Deke Sharon, working with you only made me want to kill myself three times. You’re a ruthless sociopath, and I admire that about you….” – Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 1, 2 & 3

“Mr. Sharon may be as perky as you might imagine the so-called “guru of a cappella” to be, but little can prepare you for his infectious good cheer….” – New York Times

“The bouncy score, ranging stylistically from doo-wop to pop to gospel, has been ingeniously arranged by Deke Sharon. The terrific vocal arrangements are the highlight…” – Hollywood Reporter

“The A Cappella Guru…” – Yahoo! News

“I’m such a big fan, been following your work for years. Would you like a biscuit?” – Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

“In Transit is the first a cappella musical on Broadway, and the rich harmonies and rhythmic beatboxing of a cappella evangelist Deke Sharon’s arrangements reveal the human voice as the most flexible of musical instruments….” – DC Theater Scene

Deke Sharon Official Total Vocal A Cappella Arranging Producing Directing Coaching