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The girls of Sweet Signatures practice their number "Shark in the Water" for Acappallooza.

By Julia Sayers

Elon, N.C. – Elon University’s all-female a cappella group Sweet Signatures has had a busy and exciting year. The group, consisting of 17 women, released an album on iTunes this year, was nominated for three awards and was selected to be on two national compilation albums.

The album, “Love Affair,” is a collection of songs that Sweet Signatures has recorded in recent years, including “Used to Love You” by John Legend and “Go Ahead” by Alicia Keys.

“It’s just a collection of some of our most favorite songs in the past
few years,” said Anna Hunsucker, president of Sweet Signatures.

Sweet Signatures spent the first week of summer recording the album in Durham and the CD came out in November. The CD was nominated for Best Female College Album in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, through the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.

Individual songs on the album nominated for CARAs included “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell for Best Song and “Goodbye” by Kristinia DeBarge for Best Female Arrangement. Kate Austin, who graduated last May, arranged the song. The group finds out in April if it won any of the awards.

The single “Tainted Love” was also selected to be on the national compilation album “Sing.” The album is considered to be a celebration of a cappella. Sweet Signatures was also chosen to be on the “Best of College A Cappella” album, “BOCA 2011.” A cappella groups submitted their albums and the best were selected by judges from CASA. When a group is chosen, it signs a contract and purchases a certain number of CDs to sell.

“BOCA features some of the best groups in the country,” Hunsucker said. “One group was even on NBC’s ‘Sing Off.'”

Sweet Signatures annually hosts “Acappallooza,” an event which invites a cappella groups from up and down the East Coast to perform. The show is normally held in the fall but due to conflicts, it took place in February. This year, groups from Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina participated. Along with Sweet Signatures, Elon’s two other a cappella groups, Twisted Measure and Rip_Chord, also performed.

“It’s not a competition. It’s a night to celebrate singing and meet other groups,” Hunsucker said.

On April 16, Sweet Signatures will hold their spring concert. This year marks the group’s 10th anniversary.

“We’re expecting alumni and the (Sweet Signatures) founders to come,” Hunsucker said. “It’s going to be a huge celebration.”

In addition to performing at Elon, Sweet Signatures has also been hired to perform at weddings.

Auditions for Sweet Signatures are held in the fall, typically during the second week of school. The auditions start as open call auditions where hopefuls sing a verse and chorus of their choice. If they get a callback, they will sing a song and will be taught a verse and chorus to sing. New members are selected in a separate audition after their callbacks.

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Written by juliasayers

March 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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