World-renowned vocal sensation Naturally 7 is headlining the 3rd Annual VoiceJam A Cappella Festival at Walton Arts Center with their concert on Friday, March 31 at 8pm. Ticket prices start at $20 and can be purchased in-person at Walton Arts Center’s Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or online here

In a music world rife with technological tricks of the trade, Naturally 7 celebrates the beauty of the human voice. This seven-man crew is more than just your average singing group. Its members have perfected an intriguing a cappella style they've branded as "Vocal Play" – singing as instruments. Naturally 7 not only sings but also creates every backing instrument heard on their songs.

"Look at John Legend's success with 'All of Me,' just him and a piano," says Naturally 7 front man Roger Thomas. "People really do want to hear the true essence of a song and the person's voice. It's just a matter of being exposed to it. When people eat fast food every day, at some point they'll say, 'I have to have something different.' And we're that something different."

Naturally 7’s compelling live shows have drawn nightly standing ovations in Europe, the U.K., Canada, Australia, Asia and the U.S. during three world tours with song stylist Michael Bublé. The group’s burgeoning resume also includes an opening stint with Coldplay, a #1 single in Germany with Sarah Connor, "Music Is the Key," a Top 15 album in Australia, Ready II Fly (2006) and 20+ million aggregated spins on YouTube.

Yet as Thomas acknowledges, "A lot of people still don't know what we do." So now the R&B, soul and pop group is promoting its current U.S. album, the aptly titled Hidden in Plain Sight. Subtitled "Vox Maximus Vol. 1," the 14-track album snaps, crackles and pops with riveting vocal gymnastics and rich, sparkling harmonies infusing a palette-pleasing menu of songs as wide-ranging as the group's growing audience.

Stepping beyond R&B and pop, Naturally 7 taps into various genres from traditional gospel and rock to 17th century baroque that might now seem to mesh. But in the hands of musical director/first baritone/rapper Thomas and his six enterprising cohorts—brother Warren Thomas (drums, third tenor), Rod Eldridge (first tenor, turntables, trumpet), Napoleon "Polo" Cummings (fourth tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (second baritone, trombone), Garfield Buckley (second tenor, harmonica) and Armand "Hops" Hutton (bass)—the impossible becomes possible. Naturally 7's aural magic really glistens on what Thomas calls "hybrids": taking the essence of a well-known song and putting their own melodies and lyrics on top.

That's in keeping with the depth of Naturally 7's musical influences, which range from a cappella predecessors Take Six and Bobby McFerrin to hip-hop's Doug E. Fresh, the Fat Boys and OutKast. Other influences include '40s R&B quartet the Ink Spots, the Carpenters, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Bee Gees and the Beatles. "We want to bring the group dynamic back," says Thomas. "For too long now, there have been no harmony groups like the O'Jays, Four Tops, Jodeci and Boyz II Men. We want to carry the banner for that resurgence."

Naturally 7 Quick Facts:
• World tours as special guests of Michael Bublé
• 3 duets with Michael Bublé
• Special guest for Coldplay
• Duet with Ludacris on Quincy Jones’ most recent studio album
• BET Honors for Herbie Hancock
Night Of The Proms with Mick Hucknall and The Jacksons
• Release of All Natural Live – DVD and CD in 2013
• Release of new studio album Hidden in Plain Sight in 2015

For performance videos, visit Naturally 7’s YouTube Channel.