...the smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Earth, Wind & Fire, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band…
All created by the human voice alone!
Hailed "one of the best pop/jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.
From the beginning, the "pact" of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to Music, regardless of style or genre. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (the LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (the Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition and Billboard Magazine’s “Best Unsigned Band”.
Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Natasha Bedingfield, and Ray Charles to name a few; as well as with jazz legends Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and many others. Over the last 2 1/2 decades, their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, and is enjoyed on jazz and pop radio worldwide.
Around the globe, audiences are mesmerized by the thrill of m-pact's vocal acrobatics, innovative orchestrations, and commanding yet authentic stage presence. Unknowing ears of all ages come expecting entertainment, but leave enriched from an indescribable experience: the musical journey across Technicolor soundscapes produced by this "Cirque du Soleil of Song".
m-pact's studio recordings have received rave reviews and numerous awards, and are frequently selected for inclusion on compilations and "best-of" collections. In August of 2018, the band released their multi-CARA winning 8-song EP entitled “Wonderful World”. In addition to new vocal arrangements by current band members, the group also culled the m-pact archives to discover a treasure trove of hidden gems which had never been recorded - and in some cases, never performed - before. "This project was an opportunity for us to make a statement about who m-pact is today", said artistic director Jeff Smith, "while also shining a light on the legacy of the group's musical history, which we're so proud to be a part of." With this release, the members of m-pact demonstrated their deep commitment to continuing—and expanding– the tradition of excellence which has made m-pact an international sensation.
In 2020, m-pact celebrated their 25-year anniversary. While the pandemic may have derailed many of their anniversary plans, m-pact fans were delighted by the release of a 2-volume collection called "25 Years of Harmony". This 24-song retrospective included 14 remastered favorites, 6 rare/limited-release recordings from the archives, and 4 brand new, never-before-heard tracks. m-pact also released a 25th anniversary music video of "Change in My Life", featuring 19 past and present band members. For 2023, the guys are working hard to complete their 9th full-length album - a long-awaited collaborative project with Grammy-nominated arranger & producer, Roger Treece; and they continue to break new ground with exciting music videos and inspiring live performances. All of this leaves no doubt that m-pact's music will continue to reach the ears and hearts of music lovers around the world for many years to come.
Festival registration and details available at www.wartburg.edu/festivals. Concert tickets go on sale Sept 28.