VoicePlay: Orlando a cappella group pumps us up for Tonys

By Allison Walker Torres, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2016, 6:14 PM EDT

Five Central Florida guys are still surprised that they're making a living off what started in middle school.

  • VoicePlay, of Orlando, appeared on NBC's The Sing Off
  • A cappella group released video for 'My Shot,' a song from 'Hamilton'
  • Video was shot at Full Sail

"We just really liked a cappella music," said VoicePlay's bass, Geoff Castellucci. "When we were growing up, there wasn't a lot of it around. So whatever we found, we'd just emulate... Layne [Stein] and I have known each other since sixth grade, so we've been persistent about it."

Stein is the vocal percussionist.

"One of the coolest things for us is sometimes we get to work with other kids and students who are learning a cappella," he said. "This next weekend, I think, in Ohio, we're working at Camp A Cappella, which gives us the chance to work with these students that really want to learn a cappella. They think that we're cool, which, we're not."

You might disagree with his last remark after watching their new music video for "My Shot," a number from the musical "Hamilton," which is up for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards on June 12.

"The song 'My Shot' is actually a rallying cry from Alexander Hamilton in the musical," Castellucci said. "And it's such a powerful moment in the show."

The video was shot at REBL HQ, a professional, state-of-the-art production studio on the Full Sail University campus. The set took about five to six days to build from scratch.

"We never really set out to do this as a job," Castellucci reflected. "It just kind of happened that way."

VoicePlay propelled to stardom after appearing on NBC's The Sing Off, whcih featured Nick Lachey.

"We opened up for 98 Degrees at SeaWorld — when was that — 2001," he told us. "We thought that was huge. It's actually still pretty cool. Who doesn't love 98 Degrees?"

"Nick Lachey was one of the judges on The Sing Off," Stein added." So it's full-circle."

VoicePlay performs on cruises, for conventions and private events. They wrapped a recent tour, but you can check their site for updates.