Street Corner Symphony to perform Tuesday

by Bradley Hartsell


On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Nashville-based a cappella group Street Corner Symphony comes to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Street Corner Symphony gained acclaim by placing second in NBC’s a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off” in 2010. In the three years since the competition, SCS performs around 100 shows a year, just like the one they’re bringing to Newnan.

SCS was formed solely for the purpose of auditioning for the second season of “The Sing-Off.” Its members (Mark McLemore, Jonathan, Ritchie and Jeremy Lister, John Martin, Adam Chance; Kurt Zimmerman joined officially the group earlier this year) were scattered from all throughout the Southeast — Tennessee, Alabama and Florida — but came together to secure a spot on the show.

“We didn’t think we had much of a chance,” says tenor Mark McLemore of the group’s outlook for “The Sing-Off.” The (then) six members barely had a chance to get to know each other before they had to rehearse.

Despite the hurried origins of the group, SCS made it to the finale with three other groups. They ultimately came in runner-up to Alabama-based Committed, but their success sparked the group into a full-time focus, landing several commercial spots and releasing four albums in the process.

Their newest album, “Southern Autumn Nostalgia,” was released in July and is comprised of entirely original material — a new venture for the band they found both interesting and rewarding.

“We’re way more proud of our original work,” says baritone Jonathan Lister. “It gives us our own identity.”

McLemore adds, “We own this 100 percent. We’ve come into our [own].” Even though SCS came together on a whim, Lister says relationships in the band have become inseparable.

“Street Corner are my best friends in the world,” says Lister, whose housemates with Mark and Adam.

“We spend more time together talking than making music,” McLemore adds. “Although we make a lot of music.”

After coming to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Street Corner Symphony heads to Decatur the next night for another show.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, go to www.thecentreonline.net or call 770-254-2787. The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Rd. in Newnan.

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