Minnesota vocal group to compete on NBC's 'The Sing Off'


More Minnesota voices are going to take a shot at reality TV stardom next month, the Pioneer Press reports.

Home Free, a country-themed a cappella group that started in Mankato and is now based in Minneapolis, will compete against nine other vocal groups in the fourth season of NBC's "The Sing Off."

The show kicks off Dec. 9 and the winning group, which will receive a $100,000 Sony Music recording contract, will be declared Dec. 23.

According to Home Free's "Sing Off" bio, "They've sung together so long, their voices blend harmoniously together, which they think gives them an advantage."

When revealing the show's 10 competitors last week, Entertainment Weekly said, "The fact that they were so prominently featured in 'The Sing-Off' promo is likely indicative of big talent."

EW said Home Free's country music style should work to the group's advantage.

"Country fans know how to pick up the phone and vote," EW said.

"The Sing Off" is judged by singers Jewel, Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Nick Lachey, who is also the show's host.

A cappella fans who want to see Home Free in person can catch the group on five Minnesota dates during their 2013 Christmas Tour.

In the coming week, the group will play the Le Sueur-Henderson Auditorium in Le Sueur Nov. 29 and the Discovery Middle School Auditorium in Alexandria Dec. 1.

Home Free is also scheduled to sing at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Dec. 14, the Springfield High School Auditorium Dec. 21, and the Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato Dec. 22.

Three Minnesota singers have already competed in network TV singing competitions this fall.

Despite impressive runs on NBC's "The Voice," Minneapolis' Holly Henry and St. Paul's Ashley DuBose were both eliminated on the same night last month.

Winona singer Tim Olstad advanced to the top 10 in FOX's "The X-Factor," but was eliminated along with another competitor while vying for a spot in the top eight last week.

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