Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.
Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as one of the most in-demand vocal groups in the Midwest, but also one of the most successful independent acts in America. In addition to substantial CD sales of its own independent releases (2,000,000 copies sold), the group has toured extensively throughout the US and abroad, building with a steady list of festivals and private shows that eventually led to numerous sold-out tours of theaters and small arenas.
Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University with Mark McGowan, who sings baritone, and lead vocalist Shaun Johnson. Tenor, Greg Bannwarth, and bass, Jared Dove, joined soon after, completing the quartet. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Lonestar, and were recently part of Garrison Keillor’s 30th Anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion.
At present, Tonic Sol-fa is touring in support of their tenth album, entitled “March of the Kings,” a new recording in a catalog of numerous award-winning DVD and CD projects highlighting four indelible voices. This outstanding blend has resulted in multiple Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards, NACA (National Association of Collegiate Activities) Entertainer of the Year nominations, considerable national press, and has landed their music on the best-selling seasonal DVD at Wal-Mart, The 12 Dogs of Christmas.
Tonic Sol-fa released their third television holiday special in 2010, which aired over 1800 times in forty-seven states and Canada. The new PBS special will be shown through 2013, continuing to spread Tonic Sol-fa’s unique sound to an ever-growing audience.
“We have had Tonic Sol-fa perform for General Mills several times in front of a variety of audiences. The group is always entertaining, energetic and never fails to elicit positive feedback. Until you have heard them perform, you can’t believe the dynamic sound put forth by four voices. In addition, the group is highly professional and accommodating, and very easy to work with.”
–Trade Marketing Director, General Mills
“Tonic Sol-fa’s performance is a perfect mix of great vocal arrangements and audience-focused fun. We love working with them!”
–Director of Presentations, Minnesota Orchestra / Orchestra Hall
“Tonic Sol-fa was the feature entertainment for the ING National Conference and brought 700 home office and representatives to their feet. In today’s music scene, most people don’t regularly seek out a cappella, so Tonic Sol-fa’s style was a bright and refreshing surprise. The sounds were amazing – you’d swear there were instruments somewhere in the background. These boys are engaging, funny and energetic. Their sound was clean, fun and sometimes even emotional. Tonic Sol-fa sang for an hour, but we would have welcomed them for much longer. They are an excellent choice for anyone’s corporate event!”
–Director of Marketing, ING Financial Partners
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing Tonic Sol-fa (pronounced: Tonic Soul fa) to your audience:
“Tonight/today we present a vocal group that was highlighted in Newsweek magazine, performed with Jay Leno, and appeared on NBC’s Today Show. This quartet recently won an Emmy, and can now be seen on their very own public television specials across the globe! Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome Greg, Mark, Jared, and Shaun…Tonic Sol-fa!”
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