Barbershop Reality

This article caught me completely off guard at the very end. As a proud member of that Rich-Tone Front Row, it was thrilling to be acknowledged for our choreography. As the newer-generation Barbershoppers like to say, “This ain’t your mama’s barbershop.”

Jude Thomas

Last night Oxygen network’s reality series Fix My Choir featured the Sweet Adelines International chorus Sirens of Gotham on the episode, “A Choir with Two Heads.” Fix My Choir‘s premise is Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, and gospel musician Deitrick Haddon meeting with choirs across the country to help solve administrative and musical problems each group may have—basically making each choir more meaningful and enjoyable for its members. The episode featuring the Sirens of Gotham is perhaps the most public, non-comedic exposure for barbershop music in recent memory, and as someone who was peripherally involved in the creation of the show, it was also an interesting lesson in reality television.

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