This morning we’re treated to the UNC Clef Hangers and their host David Venable performing the holiday classic “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The talented lads appeared earlier this month on Mr. Venable’s In the Kitchen with David, the QVC network’s most-watched show.
Mr. Venable is himself a UNC alumnus and a founding member of the Clefs, the oldest a cappella group at UNC Chapel Hill. Other former members of the group include American Idol finalist Anoop Desai (who hails from Cary), singer/songwriter Brendan James, and Broadway star Kevin Massey.
From their website:
“…Since the group’s inception, it has released 16 professionally-produced, studio albums, with the most recent album, “The Mallard.” Songs from Elevation, Breeze, Facing Clarence, Time Out, and Twist have been featured on a total of seven Best of Collegiate A Cappella Compilation CD’s. In 2004, The Clef Hangers received their first Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for “Best Soloist” in the song “Easy,” featured on Breeze. Since then, the Clefs have won two CARA’s for “Best Male Collegiate Song” with “My Love” on Time Out and “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” on Twist. In addition, Twist has received runner-up CARA’s for “Best Male Collegiate Album,” “Best Male Collegiate Song” (“Nude”), and “Best Male Collegiate Arrangement” (“Boondocks”). The Clefs have received numerous other CARA nominations and runner-ups.”
“Since their first tour to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1980, the Clefs have performed for audiences in Spain, France, Scotland, Jamaica, Greece, Italy, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and many other locations. During a tour to New York City, they performed for the nation on the television show “Good Morning America.” In the spring of 2002, they were personally invited by Chancellor James Moeser to sing at Commencement, a tradition that has continued ever since. The Clef Hangers perform for a packed Memorial Hall every year during their fall and spring concerts, which sometimes feature special guests like Dean Smith and Roy Williams. You can catch the Clef Hangers at their annual fall and spring concerts or at a variety of performances throughout the academic year in Chapel Hill, across the state of North Carolina, and beyond.”
All of the UNC Clef Hangers’ music, including their Christmas album “Carols from the Hill,” is available for purchase and download on their iTunes page. CDs are available for purchase with a secure online order form. To book the Clef Hangers for a live performance or to audition for the group, click here.