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December 8, 2013

Local a cappella group competes on NBC 'Sing-Off'

A cappella group formed in Mankato competing on NBC 'Sing-Off'

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But with the addition of two southern singers, Chris Rupp said Home Free is now a country act, a genre they adopted during their audition in May for “The Sing-Off.” Chris Rupp said the group has auditioned for every season of the show, and the country flair helped finally land them a spot in the competition.

“We're embracing it,” he said. “We're a country group now.”

Home Free has been posting links and comments about “The Sing-Off” for the past couple of weeks on its Facebook page, and their fans have shown a great deal of support.

Heidi DeRuyter wrote, “I have enjoyed listening to you guys perform for years. I am so thrilled that there is now a national audience that is lucky enough to know you. Congratulations on making the show!”

Home Free's holiday concert touring schedule still includes shows in Springfield on Dec. 21 and at Hosanna in Mankato on Dec. 22. Chris Rupp said the NBC show will likely cause bigger crowds than ever at their concerts. He hopes the national TV exposure — with about 10 million people expected to tune in — will be the final push into the big time for the group.

“If this doesn't do it, what else possibly could?” he said.

“The Sing-Off” will air Dec. 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 23.

Home Free will be competing against the following acts: Acoustikats of a Lexington, Ky.; Calle Sol of Puerto Rico; Element of New York City; The Filharmonic of Los Angeles; The Princeton Footnotes of Princeton, N.J.; Street Corner Renaissance of L.A.; Ten of Dallas; Vocal Rush of Oakland, Cal.; and Voiceplay of Orlando, Fla.

For more information about Home Free, including video and audio of their music, visit http://www.homefreevocalband.com. For more information about “The Sing-Off,” visit www.nbc.com/sing-off/‎.

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