Naturally 7 came into being in 1999 in their home city of New York. Seeking to revolutionize a cappella, the seven vocalists not only created beautiful harmonies, but broke new ground by creating the rhythm tracks (including guitar, drum, bass, and horn sounds) with their voices alone. Calling their new approach to instrument-free music "vocal play," the band wowed audiences all over the States, leaving concert-goers in disbelief. Witnessing their hard-hitting live performances and hearing the band's full-bodied sound on their independently released debut, Non-Fiction, caused record execs and fans alike to consistently ask one question, which ultimately became their major-label debut record's title. What Is It? was released in 2003, featuring the single "Music Is the Key" with Sarah Connor. The song became a significant hit throughout Europe, which quickly became the group's home base. Naturally 7's members (Garfield Buckley, Rod Eldridge, Warren Thomas, Jamal Reed, N'glish, Dwight Stewart, and Armand Hutton) first toured all over Germany, later taking the stage in neighboring nations like Austria, Switzerland, France, and Hungary, to name a few. Record sales continued to rise as their fan base grew. Their third original release, Ready II Fly, was met with almost instant success, appearing on R&B charts all over the continent and spawning the incredibly popular single "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)," which saw the group reworking Phil Collins' original hit. At the beginning of 2009, Naturally 7 released their fourth album, Wall of Sound, to coincide with their performance at the U.K. Royal Variety Performance in front of Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The following year, their fifth album, VocalPlay, arrived and saw them performing their own material as well as being joined by Michael Bublé, with whom they would tour later that year. The group continued to enjoy success across Europe and in their native U.S., and after a brief lineup change -- with Lee Ricardo Cort and Kelvin Mitchell filling the bass and fourth tenor roles -- the group released their sixth studio album, Hidden in Plain Sight. The release saw them tackling contemporary pop hits, such as Coldplay's "Fix You," as well as 17th century Baroque pieces.
At the end of 2016, the group released the first fruits of their seventh studio release, a reworking of Adele's "Hello." The album, Both Sides Now, debuted in the U.K. in May 2017 and was followed by a full international release later in the year. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez & Rich Wilson