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Boom, Boom, Boom: A Cappella in Action

Written by Conor Harrington
2/7/2011

Album artwork for Ithacappella and Premium Blend's rendition of Katy Perry's 'Firework.'

Two Ithaca College a cappella groups are making a difference with a dynamite duet.

The all-male Ithacappella and the all-female Premium Blend a cappella groups recently teamed up to record a cover of Katy Perry's "Firework." But it gets better. The recording will be available on iTunes beginning February 8th and all the proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to the development of LGBTQ youth.

Ithacappella and Premium Blend reached out to The Trevor Project with an idea of an a cappella twist on raising money. Jimmy Knowles, Ithacappella's Vice President, said some kind of collaboration with both Premium Blend and a charity was a long time coming.

"The Trevor Project is something that I think this campus in particular has paid a great deal of attention to, partially because of how mainstream it has become and because we have such an open and accepting campus community," Knowles said.

The two groups considered writing an original song, but felt Perry's ballad best represented the mission of The Trevor Project.

"'Firework' is really a song that is about accepting who you are, believing in yourself, not being afraid to show your true colors, and being honest with yourself and everyone around you," Knowles said.

The two a cappella groups debuted the song at Ithacappella's Block II concert on campus last December, and plan to perform it together at future concerts. But why wait until then to hear it? Head over to iTunes now to purchase their rendition of the smash song.



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