Gearing up for their U.S. debut, Hidden in Plain Sight (Vox Maximus Vol.1), the extraordinary seven-man a cappella group Naturally 7 stopped by the Yahoo offices to perform two songs live, "Keep the Customer Satisfied" and "Ready or Not." Without the aid of any traditional instruments, the act demonstrated their "vocal play" styling, mimicking the sounds of drums, bass, electric guitars, and synthesizers.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Music, the group explains how they won the praises of the likes of industry heavyweights Quincy Jones, Coldplay, and Michael Bublé. After performing at Jones's 75th birthday party at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2008, the legendary producer invited them to appear on the lead single and title track of his 2010 album, Q Soul Bossa Nostra.
Their reputation in London caught the attention of Coldplay's Chris Martin who attended one of their club dates and invited them to a studio session with the band the following day. They have been covering Coldplay's "Fix You" on the road and are releasing it as their latest single. Additionally, they opened Michael Bublé's Crazy Love Tour.
Naturally 7 frontman Roger Thomas says other artists who used their mouths to make music inspired them. "It was taken from the Doug E. Freshs, the Fat Boys, and the Bobby McFerrins. We thought, what if we could do it as a band," Thomas tells Yahoo Music.
Thomas and his fellow bandmates -- Warren Thomas, Rod Eldridge, Napoleon "Polo" Cummings, Dwight Stewart, and Garfield Buck – are undoubtedly, one of the coolest bands you will ever see.