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Backtrack is a 5-person a cappella group based in New York City. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal and beatboxing abilities of all of the members. The group takes the stage around the nation at performing arts centers, corporate events, music festivals, schools and more. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and their versatile repertoire including Top 40, Motown, classical, show tunes, original music, and more, ensures that there is something for everyone.
​Backtrack is passionate about promoting the arts and helping students find and develop their voices. Backtrack has conducted educational programs at over 100 schools (elementary to college). They offer school assemblies, workshops with choirs, and clinics on topics including beatboxing, group vocal improvisation and DIY music video production. 
Backtrack was originally formed to produce YouTube videos, and since its founding, the group has gained over 10 million views and more than 100,000 subscribers. They've appeared on NBC, FOX, PBS, Steve Harvey's daytime show STEVE! And Broadway's Kinky Boots. They also won New York's Got Talent Season 6 in 2019, and in December 2020, they made their movie debut in “A Ring for Christmas.”
Awards & Accolades:
  • 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

 ABOUT 

Chrissy Aloisio

// soprano

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Chrissy is a dessert loving (with a special affection for soft baked cookies) New Jersey native. She got her start in music in church choir at the age of 9 which sparked her love of the arts for years to come. After seeing her first Broadway show, Christina was immediately hooked into the world of musical theatre and has been singing, dancing, acting, and awakening neighbors everywhere while belting her rendition of "The Wizard and I" since then. To refine her performance skills and combine her love of working with children, Chrissy then went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware. Here she studied classical music and was also highly involved in the award-winning a cappella group, Vocal Point. As the Assistant Music Director and one of the lead vocalists, the group went on to win 3rd place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals and was featured on numerous compilation albums such as BOCA and Voices Only. After college, she went on to work professionally in the musical theatre/a cappella world where she performed in Europa Park, Germany as well as in the Halloween and Christmas seasons at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Her experience across many different genres makes her a versatile performer and respected teacher. She currently performs throughout the US and abroad and teaches voice, dance, musical theatre and a cappella classes at Gateway to the Arts in Denville, NJ.

Melissa is a singer, songwriter, and managing member of Backtrack. She joined the group in 2015 when it was transitioning from a purely online-entity to a full-time touring group. Melissa's passion for a cappella began in the choral program at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It was further developed in college at Johns Hopkins University where she sang with the school's coed competitive a cappella group, Octopodes. Her interest for songwriting began her senior year when she wrote two original songs for the group’s all-original album. "Kill the Lights," was runner-up for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording (CARA) award for Best Original by a Scholastic Group and was featured on the compilation, "Sing 11: One Louder," produced by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). Melissa continues to write music, and she released her debut EP, "Lullabye," on November 5th of this year. Melissa worked on the EP during the pandemic, and the writing process helped her to process, express herself, and heal. She plans to release more original music in 2022, and you can find her music by searching "Melissa Jordano" on all social media and streaming platforms. When Melissa is not traveling with Backtrack, she enjoys spending time with family including her husband, Sean, and two cats, Arnold and Molly.

Melissa Jordano

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Mike Hinkle

// tenor

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Mike first became intrigued with the entertainment world at the age of 11 performing in community theatre. This led him to Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School where he devoted his studies to musical theatre, drama and vocal performance. There he joined The Jazz Chords, a Festival Disney: Jazz Celebration recognized choir and his love for a cappella music was born. Mike holds a BFA from New York University in Drama, having studied at the Stella Adler Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. During his collegiate years, he was a member of NYU’s original co-ed a cappella group, APC Rhythm, and competed in the Northeast ICCA Semifinals. Since college, Mike has performed in multiple NYC theatre festivals and original musicals, most recently being the Off Broadway run of The Extraordinary Fall of the Four Legged Woman, an a cappella Fringe Encore musical. In his spare time, Mike pretends to be a Prosecco sommelier and watches way too much television.

Jared is a sought-after collaborative musician living in New York City, specializing in jazz and choral arranging, directing, and singing. Between years studying music at the University of Connecticut, he performed with the incredibly selective Hyannis Sound on Cape Cod, MA, and directed the group for three years. Now, Jared spends his time away from Backtrack singing with Highline Vocal Jazz, a professional quintet of jazz singers based in New York, as well as singing for many professional New York based choral ensembles, such as Choral Chameleon, the Schola Cantorum of St. Vincent Ferrer, Early Music New York, the New Consort, etc. Jared also directs a small group of beloved amateur jazz vocalists called Uncommon Chord, and arranges for vocal groups around the world. For fun, he can be known to whip out the upright bass or teach a quartet a barbershop tag or two.

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Jared Graveley

// bass

Craig Simonetti

// beatbox

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Craig is Backtrack's music director and beatboxer. He is also an active member of the beatbox community as well as a voice teacher at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Together with his partner Match in Forest Fire, his beatbox Tag Team, he has won international recognition as a top tier competitive beatboxer. As a contemporary professional musician, Craig wears many hats. He works in everything from arranging to production, from performing as a beatboxer to singing weddings and funerals. Craig is a vocal specialist who is constantly looking for new hats, expanding his knowledge of the voice and using that knowledge to inform his teaching and performing. He specializes in educating young A Cappella performers, and has been using his expertise in vocal pedagogy and beatboxing to conduct workshops for groups in the greater Boston area and NYC. Craig’s other interests include playing and cuddling with his kitten Misty, as well as bouldering at his local climbing gym. 

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