|Group Is Currently In Studio Working With Famed Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC Producer Tim Coons|
Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations and Take 6 but with a modern, urban, post-millennial twist, the five member vocal band Ball in the House brilliantly blends a wide range of influences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop and gospel.
From singing the praises of Cool Whip on 21 national commercials over the past few years to averaging over 250 annual performances, BITH is making a cappella music hip for the hip-hop generation and beyond. They have performed from their hometown of Boston to San Francisco, from Singapore to New York, in theatres and playhouses before audiences ranging from 500 to 50,000. They've opened for and played concerts with Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, and last year opened at home for Gladys Knight and KC and the Sunshine Band. On July 28-29, 2005, they are sharing a bill with Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Clay Aiken, Phantom Planet and Maroon 5 at the Tom's River Fest in New Jersey.
On days off, the group--which consists of founding members Dave Guisti, tenor, and Jon J. Ryan, vocal percussionist, and more recent additions Dan Szymczak (baritone), Aaron Loveland (tenor) and Tim Faust (bass)--has been in the studio, hard at work on their new, full length project with Tim Coons, the legendary vocal group producer who won a Diamond Award (10 million units sold) for his work on the Backstreet Boys' first album.
"The biggest challenge," Dave says, "is overcoming people's perception that an a cappella group does only barbershop or doo-wop. What we do is 100% contemporary, using those same harmonies but in a very different way. It's very cool to us that the fans at our shows range from teenagers who come for the hip-hop to adults who love the doo-wop."
BITH, true to the playful spirit of the band, was named for a classic line from a famous Brady Bunch episode.