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Naturally 7

Naturally 7

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Naturally 7 is an American music group with a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play," which, according to group leader Roger Thomas, is "the art of becoming an instrument using the human voice to create the sound." They simulate the sounds of an instrumental band using only their voices, mouths and distortion effects. The group was formed in 1999 in New York City. It currently consists of the Thomas brothers Roger (musical director, arranger, first baritone, rapping) and Warren (drums, guitar, third tenor), Rod Eldridge (first tenor, scratching, trumpet), Rickey Cort (fourth tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (second baritone, vocals, trombone), Garfield Buckley (second tenor, harmonica), and Kelvin "Kelz" Mitchel (bass guitar, trumpet).[1]


Early Years

Naturally 7 was founded in 1999 by brothers Roger and Warren Thomas, from Rosedale, Queens. The brothers recruited five other singers they had come to know over the years of singing around the city. Roger Thomas developed his singing quality after being in and out of several traditional male groups over the years. When the group was invited to sing at a major a cappella competition in New York City, they won and moved onto the nationals before they took two more wins in the competition. Riding their new-found success and still having made no decision whether to have Naturally 7 as an a cappella group or a traditional band, Roger had the novel idea that the group would become both.[2][3]

Ready II Fly

Naturally 7 has released a number of albums over the years since the formation at New York City in 1999, including their first debut studio album entitled Non-Fiction released in 2000, What Is It released in 2003, Christmas... It's a Love Story released in 2004, and Ready II Fly in 2006, released through Virginia Records. The group gained success by the partial cover of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight", titled as "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)", which contains additional lyrics from the group. The performance of the song at a subway has received over four and a half million hits on YouTube alone, and a number of people discovering the group, which adds to a figure daily. The single itself has turned into a Top 3-chart- success in countries outside North America, such as France, Belgium and South Africa, and also made the single charts in other European countries.[3]

Wall of Sound

In January 2009, the group released Wall of Sound as an exclusive special album in the United Kingdom and Ireland to commemorate their participation at the Royal Variety Performance. It contains known material from their previous albums, as well as five brand new tracks, which entered the British Album-Charts in the first week after release at #29. The group appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing "Stardust" with Michael Bublé. In November 2009, the group travelled to Bermuda, as they took part in Quincy Jones's 2009 Bermuda Music Festival performing before an enthusiastic crowd.[3]

Vocal Play

The CD/DVD version of Vocal Play, which was released in 2010, contains original self-made tracks, such as "SOS (Anybody Out There)", the power ballad of "Love Me", the Motown-influenced “Ready or Not”, the Latin 768 and a duet with Michael Bublé on the Dinah Washington classic, “Relax Max”. The DVD includes HD live material from their performance at Madison Square Garden, extensive interviews with each group member, as well as their video clips. In fall 2010, the group, along with American rapper Ludacris, were featured on a track that appeared in Quincy Jones's album, Soul Bossa Nostra, which led them to a performance at The View in November, before continuing on touring with Bublé. Naturally 7 contributed a few songs for the soundtrack of the 2010 German/English dub film Animals United, including "King of the Road", "Splish Splash", "Hokey Pokey", and "Move On Up".[3]



Name Voice part Primary vocal play role Secondary vocal play roles Years present
Roger Anthony Thomas 1st baritone, leader rap keyboard, synth, trumpet, strings 1999 ~ present
Warren Andrew Thomas 3rd tenor drums, percussion guitar, trumpet, string 1999 ~ present
Roderick Lowell Eldridge 1st tenor DJ scratching, loop pedal percussion, guitar, trumpet, string, flute 1999 ~ present
Dwight Martindale Stewart 2nd baritone trombone rhythm guitar 1999 ~ present
Sean Simmonds 2nd tenor harmonica trumpet 2018 ~ present
Lee Ricardo Cort (Ricky Cort) 4th tenor guitar trumpet, strings, synth 2015 ~ present
Kelvin "Kelz" Mitchell bass bass guitar contrabass, trumpet 2015 ~ present


Name Voice part Primary vocal play role Secondary vocal play roles Years present
Garfield Rolando Buckley 2nd tenor harmonica trumpet, strings, rhythm guitar 1999 ~ 2018
Napoleon “Polo” Cummings 4th tenor guitar trumpet, strings, synth 2010 ~ 2015
Armand “Hops” Hutton bass bass guitar contrabass, bass synth 2006 ~ 2014
Jamal Mackram Reed 4th tenor guitar, flute string, trumpet, synth 2000 ~ 2010
Andre Edwards bass bass guitar 2006 ~ 2006
Marcus H. Davis bass bass guitar 1999 ~ 2006
David LaRoche 4th tenor 1999 ~ 2000


Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions[4]
2000 Non-Fiction
2003 What Is It
2006 Ready II Fly 14 64
2009 Wall of Sound 29
2010 Vocal Play
2012 Live
2015 Hidden in Plain Sight
2017 Both Sides Now


Year Title Peak chart positions[5]
2003 "Music Is the Key"
(with Sarah Connor)
6 3 11 1 2
2006 "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)" 3 15 55 14

Featured songs

  • Xavier Naidoo: "Wild vor Wut" (featuring Naturally 7)
  • Quincy Jones: "Soul Bossa Nostra" (featuring Ludacris, Naturally 7, & Rudy Currence) album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
  • Xavier Naidoo: "A New Horizon" (featuring Naturally 7) from the German/English dub film Animals United (2010). A "Vocal Play" version is included on the soundtrack, which was released on December 7, 2010 through Königskinder Music, and is also available on iTunes.[6]

Other songs

The following songs are included on the soundtrack for the 2010 German/English dub film, Animals United:

  • "King of the Road"
  • "Splish Splash"
  • "Move On Up"
  • "Hokey Pokey"

MLK Day performance

In January 2016, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the group performed with The Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella group from Yeshiva University, in a cover of James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light." The music video was filmed in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.[7][8] Taylor called the performance "one of the best covers of 'Shed a Little Light' I've ever heard."[8]


  1. ^ Naturally 7 Biography
  2. ^ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi Naturally 7 - Biography Billboard Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Naturally 7 Biography Naturally 7 Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  4. ^ GER single chart positions AUS FRA single chart positionsUK single chart positions
  5. ^ GER single chart positions AUT FRA ITA SWI BE single chart positions
  6. ^ Animals United (Original Soundtrack) iTunes Retrieved September 2, 2014
  7. ^ "Watch: Maccabeats Release Song for MLK Jr. Day". Arutz Sheva. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Herreria, Carla (19 January 2016). "This A Capella-Beatbox Collaboration Is MLK's Dream Personified". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

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