[This is one of a series of profiles on our CARA award ceremony presenters]
WHO: David Stackhouse (Stack)
AWARD: Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement
David Stackhouse, also known as “Stack” for short, began performing a cappella music in the late 80s at Berklee College of Music, and has been on a mission ever since to make a cappella rock. In 1998 Stack joined Five O’Clock Shadow, Boston’s critically acclaimed a cappella group who’ve won numerous CARA and A Cappella Community awards and nominations, and one of the first full-time professional touring a cappella acts. A pioneer in the field, Stack was the first professional vocal-percussionist to sing vocal-bass at the same time – a technique he named “beatbass”. More than any other group that preceded them, Five O’Clock Shadow used guitar distortion, pitch shift, phaser, and other effects to make their voices sound like guitars and keyboards, thereby spawning the now-familiar expression, “vocal band”. In 2000 Stack co-produced Five O’Clock Shadow’s groundbreaking CD, “Wonders Of The World”, featuring many of his arrangements and original songs. The Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) later named it one of their Picks Of The Decade, calling it “revolutionary: it continues to exert a strong influence especially on collegiate recordings … even if not everyone can do what FOCS did live and in concert.”
A singer-songwriter at heart, Mr. Stackhouse is finally pursuing a solo career, and intends to release his own CD by the end of 2012. He comes to BOSS this weekend excited to see how vocal rock has evolved, and to present this year’s CARA for Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement. For more information, please visit www.stackmusic.com.