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Firework Press Release

  1. 1.    Ithacappella FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIthaca College’s All Male A Cappella EnsembleContact: Jimmy KnowlesCell Phone: 215-429-6448Email: JimmyKnowles1@gmail.com COLLEGIATE A CAPPELLA GROUPS GIVE BACK TO THE TREVOR PROJECT It Gets Better: Ithacappella and Premium Blend of Ithaca College Release Their Take on Katy Perry’s Firework; All Proceeds to Benefit The Trevor ProjectITHACA, N.Y. -- February 1, 2011 -- On Tuesday February 8, 2011, Ithacappella, Ithaca College’s all-male a cappella ensemble, in collaboration with Premium Blend, Ithaca’s only all-female a cappellaensemble, are set to release their cover of Katy Perry’s “Firework,” available exclusively on iTunes and atwww.Ithacappella.com. A portion of the proceeds from the track will go directly towards The TrevorProject, a nationally recognized suicide prevention program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender andquestioning (LGBTQ) youth.The two groups premiered their take on the Katy Perry hit at their final concert of the semester this pastDecember, held on campus at Ithaca College. This song marked the first collaboration between the twogroups in several years. For the occasion, they chose to dedicate their performance, in response to thereports of several young people who died by suicide, recently, to the It Gets Better Project. Initiallyconceived as a grassroots campaign to let the youth of America know that life truly does get better, theproject has since expanded to include the likes of leaders, celebrities and personalities, including KathyGriffin, Ellen Degeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, and even the President of the United States.Following the premiere of their collaboration, Ithacappella and Premium Blend took the song on tour inearly January of 2011, where the groups were able to perform and communicate its message through thepower of the song to over 20 high schools from up and down the East Coast, including Pennsylvania,New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, and Maryland. Along the way, Ithacappella met with the PS22Chorus of Staten Island, NY, of YouTube fame, to perform “Firework.” This particular collaboration,released on YouTube, garnered over 100,000 views in a little under a week, a feature story on a Germantelevision network, and a spotlight feature on PerezHilton.com, along with feature stories on other blogsand websites.Since then, Ithacappella and Premium Blend have come together to work with Nick Girard and AlexGreen of Overboard Vocals, based out of Boston, Mass., to record their take on the Billboard smash. Inanticipation for the song’s February 8 release, the two parties have been working closely with The TrevorProject and have agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from the song directly towards The TrevorProject.About The Trevor ProjectThe Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicideprevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through a freeand confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Formore information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org. - more -
  2. 2. Ithaca College Helps The Trevor ProjectPage 2 of 2About IthacappellaIthacappella, Ithaca College’s only all-male a cappella ensemble was originally founded in 1996 as theIthaca College Men’s Chorus. Since its inception, the group has grown from its choral roots to becomeone of the premier male collegiate a cappella groups in the country. Along the way, the ensemble’srepertoire has expanded to include everything from traditional barbershop tunes to current radio hits.Recently, the group has received several awards and accolades including being named best maleensemble in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and taking home awards for bestsoloist and vocal percussion. The group’s version of “Closer” (which appears on its most recent album,“Breakdown!”) was selected for the Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) 2010compilation CD. Ithacappella was also honored in 2007 to share the stage with Grammy-nominated rockgroup Incubus to perform their hit “Dig” for thousands of fans at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, CA.Along with recent stints on American Idol, featuring their exclusive a cappella performance of “Pants OnThe Ground,” The Price Is Right, and CNN, the group continues to reach out to audiences all across thenation. For more information, visit Ithacappella’s website at www.Ithacappella.com.About Premium BlendPremium Blend is Ithaca College’s only all-female a cappella group. Founded in 1998 as a largerensemble, the group is now comprised of 18 women dedicated to learning, performing and sharing thebeauty and fun of a cappella music with a wide variety of audiences. The group enjoys exploring manydifferent styles, incorporating rock, folk, choral and alternative music into their sets as well as current pophits off the radio. In addition to putting on four full-length concerts each year, Premium Blend performsextensively around the Ithaca College campus and community, and each year conducts a tour to a newlocation on the East Coast, working with high schools, middle schools and other college a cappellagroups. Over the years, the group has produced several albums, competed in the InternationalChampionship of Collegiate A Cappella, and received a nomination for the Best Female CollegiateArrangement award from the Contemporary A Cappella Society for their version of “If You Could OnlySee,” featured on their latest album, “Ten.”To see videos of Premium Blend’s most recent performances, check out their YouTube page, atwww.youtube.com/ICPremiumBlend. For more information, contact the group atICPremiumBlend@gmail.com. ###Note to Journalist: If you would like more information on this topic, or would like to schedule aninterview, please contact Jimmy Knowles at JimmyKnowles1@gmail.com or by calling 215-429-6448.

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