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Backtrack Vocals is an internationally-touring a cappella group based out of New York City. Taking the stage at performing arts centers, corporate events, music festivals, schools and more, their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal and beatboxing abilities of all of the members. They infuse heart and humor into every performance, and their versatile repertoire which covers Top 40, Motown, classical, show tunes, original music, and more, ensures that there is something for everyone.


​Backtrack got its start on YouTube in 2013, where the group has now amassed over 110,000 subscribers and 13 million views across their channel. Backtrack has appeared on NBC, FOX, PBS, Steve Harvey's daytime show "STEVE!", Broadway's "Kinky Boots," and HBO's "PAUSE with Sam Jay." They also won New York's Got Talent Season 6 in 2019 and made their movie debut in “A Ring for Christmas” in December 2020. Backtrack took to the international festival stage when they performed as a headliner at Bridgefest in Da Nang, Vietnam in August of 2022. Backtrack made their Kazakh TV debut with their appearance on national Kazakh morning show, "ОЯН!" in June of 2023.


Backtrack's outreach programs for young aspiring artists are an extremely important part of their mission. Backtrack has conducted educational programs at hundreds of schools nationally and internationally, from elementary assemblies to college level workshops as well as a cappella camps both here in the US and internationally. They offer school assemblies, workshops with choirs, and clinics on topics including beatboxing, group vocal improvisation and DIY music video production. 

Awards & Accolades:
  • 2024 A Cappella Video Awards; Outstanding Collaborative Video
  • 2019 New York's Got Talent Season 6 Winners
  • 2018 Voices Only (vol. 2) Featured Track
  • 2017 Steve Harvey's Sing Off; Winner
  • 2017 International Championship of A Cappella OPEN (Final); Best Beatbox
  • 2017 International Championship of A Cappella OPEN (Northeast Semi-final); First Place; Best Arrangement
  • 2017 Aca-Challenge; First Place; Audience Favorite
  • 2016 YouTube Next Up competition; Winner

MEET OUR MEMBERS

Melissa Jordano

A headshot of Melissa Jordano, alto singer for Backtrack Vocals

Melissa is a singer, songwriter, and Co-President of Backtrack Vocals. She grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ and earned her B.A. in Film & Media Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2014, with minors in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Entrepreneurship & Management. A pivotal part of Melissa’s college experience was her involvement in a cappella as a member of the school’s competitive group, Octopodes. It was during her senior year with Octopodes that Melissa's passion for songwriting ignited, as the group embarked on creating an album of all-original music. Her track "Kill the Lights" gained notable recognition, earning a spot on the "Sing 11: One Louder" compilation. Melissa continues to write music, and in 2021, she released her debut EP as a solo artist, “Lullabye.” Melissa joined Backtrack in 2015 and has played an integral role in its transition from an online hobby to a professional performing ensemble.

Mike Hinkle

Mike Hinkle, headshot, Tenor for Backtrack Vocals

Mike is an actor, singer, and Co-President of Backtrack Vocals. Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, he attended Cab Calloway School of the Arts for musical theatre, drama and vocal performance. He went on to receive a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Drama, studying at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute. During his collegiate years, he was a member of NYU’s original co-ed a cappella group, APC Rhythm. After college, Mike performed in multiple NYC theatre festivals and original musical productions. Since joining Backtrack in 2017, he has honed his video editing skills, leaving his mark on a number of the group’s music videos. He has loved learning the ins and outs of running a small business in the entertainment industry, and enjoys spending time with family.

Chrissy Aloisio

Chrissy Aloisio headshot, Soprano singer for Backtrack Vocals

Chrissy is a singer, dancer, actress, and teacher based in New York City. She got her start singing in church choir at the age of 9, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware. In college, she studied classical music and sang with award-winning a cappella group, Vocal Point. As Assistant Music Director and featured soloist of the group, Vocal Point placed 3rd in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals and was featured on numerous compilation albums such as BOCA and Voices Only. Prior to joining Backtrack, Chrissy performed professionally in the musical theatre industry throughout the US and abroad, directed shows for kids, and taught dance, musical theatre, private voice, and acting to children ages 3-18 at Gateway to the Arts, a performing arts studio in Denville, NJ. Chrissy joined Backtrack in 2021 and is the group’s Choreographer and Social Media Manager.

Craig Simonetti

Craig Simonetti headshot, Beatboxer and Music Director for Backtrack Vocals

Craig is a versatile musician involved in songwriting, production, arranging, teaching, singing and beatboxing. He has a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Craig initiated his beatboxing journey in college as a founding member of The Hexachords, a six-member a cappella group, which gained recognition on Season 2 of Sing It On! on Pop TV. Today, he competes in beatboxing, and his duo, Forest Fire, holds both national and international Vice Champion titles. As a vocal specialist, he continually expands his understanding of the voice, integrating this knowledge into his teaching of young a cappella performers. He offers private voice lessons at Berklee College of Music and his own studio.

Xander Teplansky

Xander Teplansky headshot, Bass singer for Backtrack Vocals

With a degree in Classical Music Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Xander entered into classical music world in 2014 and has been performing with groups such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic as well as numerous other chamber ensembles ever since. He made his Boston Symphony solo debut in La Boheme at Tanglewood in 2019. Xander has had the honor of singing the National Anthem at sporting events including; Red Sox Opening Day 2019, as well as the 2021 American League Championship at Fenway Park. Xander was a founding member of the a cappella group The Hexachords alongside beatboxer Craig Simonetti back in 2012. The Hexachords were featured on Pop TV's series Sing it On as they competed in the International Championship for Collegiate A Cappella. Outside of singing, Xander has been a clinician and judge at various a cappella events from conferences to competitions like BOSS and ICCA.

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