Minnesota act wins reality-show 'Sing-Off' competition


Finally, a big moment for a Minnesota act on a reality show.

The Minnesota-based vocal quintet Home Free won the grand prize Monday on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” earning $100,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.

The group also noted on its Facebook page that it is headed on a Sing-Off tour (they'll be in Minneapolis March 21 at Mill City Nights). The Facebook page featured photos from a show finale viewing party Monday in the band's hometown of Mankato.

Home Free was in competition with the nation's top a cappella groups on the seven-episode show that debuted Dec. 9. The judges were singer Jewel, Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men).

Home Free was founded 13 years ago by brothers Adam and Chris Rupp, who attended Gustavus College, the Star Tribune notes. They recruited Rob Lundquist from Brooklyn Park. The group also includes lead singer Austin Brown, who is from Georgia, and bass singer Tim Foust, of Texas.

The Star Tribune notes that Home Free is the first act from Minnesota to win a national singing competition since Linda Eder, who was raised in Brainerd, won on “Star Search” in 1987.

Check out Home Free, in this first clip performing with Jewel:

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