Fun facts about the 12 York-area singers and bands
Twelve local acts, including an a capella group, solo singers and both experienced and newly formed bands, competed in the YorVoice singing competition in March 2015 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.
The Cultural Alliance of York County organized the event to show off some of York's local talent and to support the Cultural Alliance's 2015 Annual Campaign.
Check out these fun facts about the performers.
The Akt: The three-piece acoustic band "The Akt" is named after the word "act." Guitarist Chad Smith said the word defines them as a band because they put on energetic, passionate performances.
Blessed: In 2009, Troy Winemiller, of Blessed, sang the national anthem for President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the Pre-Inaugural Black Tie and Boots Ball in Washington D.C.
CGA Law Firm: Twenty employees will come together to sing "One Day More" from "Les Miserables" for the competition.
Faith Community Fellowship Church: Valerie Torres and Oleonca Stanfield will sing "Can't Give Up Now" on the Strand stage.
Leon Zellers: This Dover Area High School junior has never taken a singing lesson, but he has performed at Carnegie Hall and tried out for "The X Factor" and "The Voice."
Nutec Group: Nutec's president, human resources and finance manager, and structural designer will perform together for YorVoice. HR and Finance Manager Angie Wolfgang said her first time on stage was at age 2 in front of her church congregation.
PaperHeart: This group of Glatfelter employees formed a band just for this competition. Several of them are members of other bands including 3 Dollar Suit and The Old Part of Town.
The Rossums: The gospel group made up of four sisters won Showtime at the Apollo in New York in 2004 and performed on "America's Got Talent" in 2010 and "The X Factor" in 2011.
Sometimes 5: This trio, formerly a group of five, has been performing for 10 years. They are made up of two hairstylists from The Guest House Salon in York and a self-taught musician.
Strange Foke: Thirty-four-year-old singer-songwriter Ryan Jeffrey Graffius met 60-year-old harmonica player and vocalist Parker James Hooker at an open mic night two years ago. Now this duo's music is played on a radio station in the United Kingdom on Sundays.
Uniform: This four-member band made up of guitar, drums, piano and vocals, has only been together since January. Today will be their first performance as a group on stage.
YCP Rhapsody: These 19 men and women make up York College's only a capella group.