Backtrack Vocals is an award-winning 5-person a cappella group based in New York City. Described as an "a cappella powerhouse," Backtrack explores the ability of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. The group pushes the limits of a cappella, creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.
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 got its start on YouTube, where the group now has over 10 million views and 110,000 subscribers! They've appeared on PopTV & Scary Mommy’s "Lullaby League" hosted by Parks and Recreation star, Jim O’Heir, Steve Harvey's daytime show, STEVE!, Broadway's Kinky Boots, Access Daily, and New York's Got Talent Season 6 where they placed first overall.
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
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Mallory got the performing bug at a very young age when she began training at an NYC hole-in-the-wall theater called New Media Repertory. She went on to pursue the arts more seriously throughout middle and high school in Fort Worth, TX where, as a senior, she won the Betty Buckley Best Actress award for her role as Katharine in Kiss Me Kate. She received her B. A. in Theatre with both musical theatre and marketing concentrations at Northwestern University, where she performed in numerous musicals and plays, directed a site-specific production, and served as a four-year member and Show Producer for X-Factors A Cappella. Post college, Mallory completed the highly selective 9-month professional training program at Actors Theatre of Louisville during its 14/15 season and has performed in several NYC new play readings and workshops. She enjoys teaching in various settings; with Backtrack and beyond, Mallory has worked with aspiring artists of all ages on topics ranging from voice technique and acting to auditioning and musical improvisation. She also produces much of the online content for Backtrack and enjoys collaborating with other artists on various film projects as well as learning new techniques in all things film production. Mallory is a passionate foodie always down for a new restaurant, a theatre nerd who will never turn down a ticket to a show on or off (or off-off!) broadway, and a proud 1 on the enneagram.
Melissa has been singing a cappella since high school, where she sang with Ridge High School’s award-winning A Cappella Choir in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. During this time, she had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall and served as Soprano I Section Leader. She continued singing a cappella in college, where she sang with Johns Hopkins University’s premiere a cappella group, Octopodes. With the group, Melissa appeared multiple times at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) semi-final rounds. In 2014, her original song, "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). Since joining Backtrack in 2015, Melissa has continued to write songs including the group’s first original, “Love Me Sweetly.” She also arranges music for the group, and she looks forward to continuing to hone her songwriting skills and expressing herself through music. When she is not traveling with Backtrack, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, Arnold and Molly.
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.
Jojo is a bass singer, director and arranger who studied at Ohio State University. Jojo served as Music Director of his school’s elite a cappella group, The Ohio State of Mind, for two years. In 2017, he made history by leading The Ohio State of Mind to the final round of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). This marked the first appearance ever of a group from Ohio in the final stage of the competition. Jojo was recognized as an “Outstanding Bass” at the 2017 ICCA Finals. The award is rarely given; Avi Kaplan (formerly of Pentatonix) is the only other bass singer to be recognized by the ICCA judges in this category. Jojo has also been recognized with several Outstanding Arrangement Awards at Varsity Vocals competitions and has taught bass singing classes at Contemporary A Cappella Society festivals. He has sung with Disney’s new touring a cappella group, “D Cappella," and with various other groups at venues like 54Below and The Beacon Theatre.
Johnny's career in music started when he picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He performed with bands in high school before attending SUNY Fredonia for classical guitar and sound recording technology. It wasn't until his senior year of college that Johnny learned how to beatbox and quickly became obsessed. He moved to New York City, where he assimilated into a community of beatboxers, which helped shape who he is today. Since then, Johnny has worked with non-profit arts organizations such as the Hip Hop Re:education Project and Urban Art Beat and has performed at events such as the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and the Trinity Hip Hop Festival (where he opened for Talib Kweli). In addition to performing, Johnny has competed in multiple beatboxing competitions. At the American Beatbox Championships in 2015, he placed 2nd in the loop station and 2v2 battles, and placed 3rd in the 2v2 battles in 2016. Johnny won the award for Best Beatbox in the first ever International Championship of A Cappella (ICA Open) while competing with Backtrack at Carnegie Hall in 2017. This summer, Johnny released his first solo EP titled Welcome to Buffalo, which incorporates the performance of live beatbox, guitar, bass and keys with bass heavy electronic music production. Johnny’s acting career was short lived, and both started and ended at age 5 when he played a small roll in the film “Buffalo 66”.
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testimonials & reviews ❤
"Oh, my gosh, they were so much more than I had expected.....more personality, high energy, great interaction with the audience and such great voices. They were absolutely fantastic!! My 17 year old grandson loved the show as much as the older people in the crowd." Linda Leyda, Crawford County Community Concerts Association, Bucyrus, OH
"Thanks for a great show last night!!!! You won over a lot of new fans." "I was totally blown away by your talent I have never enjoyed a concert more." "WOW!!! You totally blew the audience away." Audience Feedback, Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna B.C.
"I just wanted to tell you again how grateful we are for your visit to our school. The kids really enjoyed your performance and we talked about it for days. Even more than just amazing entertainment; your visit inspired them!" Lucy Nisbet, Choir Director, Ponderosa High School, Shingle Springs, CA
“Backtrack knocked it out of the park! They even stayed a little longer at the reception because everyone just didn’t want to leave. We were very proud to present them and look forward to having them back very soon.” Layne Thompson-Payne, Executive Director, Riverside Arts, Jacksonville, FL
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