Collaborative Recording

This Year’s Sponsor

The 2013 VoCAL Nation collaborative recording sponsor is Box Spring Productions. Based in Atlanta, GA, owners Steve Ryan and John Robinson bring their rich experience and passion for all things a cappella to make this year’s collaborative track come alive. From live sound to tracking, editing, and mixing, Box Spring is ready to help you take your group to the next level. Check them out on Facebook, then contact Steve and John for your next project!

What is it?

The Collaborative Recording is the chance for singers, arrangers and engineers to collaborate with different people and strut their stuff with the professionals at VoCAL Nation. Song choices will be selected by social media vote, with the final song and arrangement chosen by a panel of a cappella professionals. You can join in the fun by suggesting songs when the contest is open, submitting an arrangement for selection to the panel, sponsoring an engineer or purchasing an add-on to your All Access pass to sing with the pros and watch them work the recording studio!

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Song Choice

Submit a Song for Consideration

Songs will be suggested by YOU. Any and all fans of VCN are invited to submit their song suggestions in our social media contest: Use hashtag #VCNCollab13 to suggest a song via Twitter, or respond to our call for suggestions on Facebook.

**Song suggestions will be accepted from Friday, May 3 through Thursday, May 9.**

Final Song Selection

Voting to select the top 3 songs has ended. The song selections are:

- “Radio Song” by Esperanza Spalding
- “Mercy Mercy Me/What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
- “Clarity” by Zedd

Arrangers may select from one of these three songs.


We’re offering something new this year, the chance for any a cappella arranger, anywhere, to demonstrate they have what it takes to arrange for the pros. You can pick one of three songs that won the social media contest and arrange it to your heart’s content. We’ll have a panel of professionals review the arrangement submissions and select the winner, who will be announced via our social media. The panel is looking for creativity, the arranger’s ability to use the professional group’s sound (at VoCALNation this is Groove for Thought) and readability. (The pros are good, but they aren’t psychic: we have to be able to read your notation and arrangement.) Even if you are not selected, the panel can provide you feedback on your arrangement. Yep, a personal review, just for you.

Interested? Submit your arrangement here!

Arrangement submissions for the VCN 2013 Collaborative Recording will be accepted up until June 9, 2013 at midnight EDT.