This dynamic foursome has been electrifying audiences around the world for over 20 years. ACOUSTIX has appeared on CNN, NBC’s “Today Show,” TNN’s “The Statler Brothers Show,” and two PBS specials. At the turn of the 21st century, ACOUSTIX performed for a global audience of 175 million viewers on “ABC 2000,” hosted by Peter Jennings.
Their most recent national television appearances included performing the Star Spangled Banner for game five of the 2011 NBA Finals, and game six of the 2006 NBA Finals. ACOUSTIX has shared the stage with many talented acts, including The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, LeAnn Rimes, The Dixie Chicks, The King’s Singers, Mitch Miller, Isaac Stern, Pete Fountain, Victor Borge, The Four Freshmen, The Gatlins, The Canadian Brass, The Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
ACOUSTIX recently contributed their talents to two new Bill Gaither Homecoming video projects, Amazing Grace, released in August of 2007 and Rock of Ages, released in April of 2008. Some of the other artists involved included Randy Owen, the Oak Ridge Boys, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, the Gaither Vocal Band, the Isaacs and Brenda Lee.
The quartet has made close to 1000 appearances in 47 states of the USA and six provinces of Canada. Bookings outside North America have taken the quartet to Japan, Great Britain, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. Traveling to well over 300 cities around the globe, from Carnegie Hall in New York, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto to Muse Arc Hall in Tokyo, ACOUSTIX has performed in some of the greatest concert venues in the world.
ACOUSTIX predominantly a cappella repertoire showcases a wide variety of musical styles including Vocal Jazz, Gospel, Sacred, Doo-Wop, Contemporary Christian, Patriotic, Inspirational music and even a bit of Barbershop Harmony. From a standard like “Bye-Bye Blackbird” to “I Get Around” from the Beach Boys, to a collection of hits from Simon & Garfunkel, to John Philip Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever,” ACOUSTIX sings a broad variety of musical selections that appeal to audiences of all ages.
The quartet has collaborated with some of the greatest vocal arrangers in the business, including Gene Puerling, Dr. Kirby Shaw and Mervyn Warren, to name a few.
ACOUSTIX has produced five CD projects since 1991 and appeared on another 21 audio and video releases. Their latest disc, “O Worship The King” continues their tradition of exploring different musical genres. Two of their releases, “Cool Yule” and “Jazz, Jazz, Jazz,” have garnered a combined three nominations for a CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award) in three different categories. Cuts from their first two discs “Stars & Stripes” and “The New Science of Sound” have been included in American Airlines “in-flight” audio programming.
Todd Wilson, Jason January, Rick Middaugh, and Joel T. Rutherford share a combined 100+ years of stage and studio vocal experience. Their emphasis on ENTERTAINMENT has helped create a loyal group of fans. Some of these folks have been known to fly or drive 1000+ miles to see ACOUSTIX perform “live.” In 2000, the quartet received an A cappella Community Award for Favorite Barbershop Group from the Contemporary A cappella Society of America.
Todd was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. His wife’s name is Jennifer. They have two sons, Taylor and Travis. Todd has served on the faculty of many music schools throughout the USA, Canada and Australia, providing coaching to vocal ensembles large and small. Todd has directed two different choruses in international competition. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, the Gospel Music Association, Chorus America, Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Todd served on the Board of Directors of the Barbershop Harmony Society for almost three years before a five year stint on the organization’s professional staff as Director of Marketing. Todd and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee where he serves as Executive Director and Director of Music for The Nashville Singers, Inc., a 501(C)3 non-profit, performing arts organization.
Rick was born in Akron, Ohio. His wife’s name is Tiffany. He has five children, Emily, Joseph, Aubrey, Lauren and Michael, and two grandchildren. He has served on the faculty of many music schools throughout the USA, Canada and Australia, providing coaching to vocal ensembles large and small. Rick owns and manages Champion Home Improvement, a construction company in Houston, Texas. Rick and his family reside in Houston, Texas.
Jason was born in Dallas, Texas. His wife’s name is Laura and they have two boys, Matt and Jon. He has served on the faculty of many music schools throughout the USA, Canada and Australia, providing coaching to vocal ensembles large and small. Jason recently served two terms as President of the Association of International Champions. Jason is an attorney in private practice and spent 15 years as a Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County. Jason and his family reside in Carrollton, Texas.
Joel T. Rutherford
Joel was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. His wife’s name is Heather and they have a son named Joshua and a daughter named Grace. Joel has degrees in voice, opera and music education. He is proficient in music composition, jazz arranging as well as playing several musical instruments. He serves as Director of Fine Arts at Prestonwood Christian Academy. He has served on the faculty of many music schools throughout the USA, Canada and Australia, providing coaching to vocal ensembles large and small. Prior to joining ACOUSTIX, Joel performed in the smash hit musical production “Patsy!” and was offered a contract to perform the role of “Smudge” in the Drayton Festival’s production of the Broadway musical, “Forever Plaid.” Joel and his family reside in Carrollton, Texas.