“Success isn’t the absence of failure, but going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm!” This thought has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and others who’ve shared a common lot in life: Each experienced lots of failure! And each emerged with what is surely considered cumulative success in their hard-fought endeavors.
It’s not surprising to go to a school choir performance and see more girls than boys represented on stage. Vocal Point, a BYU all-male acapella group, entertains audiences over and over again. One common theme among the members is getting involved in music to impress the ladies!
Member James Thorup adds, “A lot of people think of music as just one thing, whereas singing has so many different styles. It’s like saying, ‘sports is sports’ as opposed to football or basketball. You’re not a sportsman, you’re a baseball player. I think a lot of people look at certain styles and say, ‘Oh, that is what singing is and only girls do that so I can’t do that,’ when in reality there are a lot of styles specifically for men that can be really impressive, really attractive, and can bring a smile to people’s faces.”
Attending a Vocal Point concert or watching them on YouTube is a rich experience. One might think the group members have years of experience in music. Not necessarily.
Growing up, vocalist Logan Shelton was shy about singing. “I’d only sing in my room,” he explains. “I just thought singing is for girls.” When Shelton was 14, a teacher encouraged him to try out for an advanced choir. It took him a while to recognize it, but he finally realized that he is a singer.
David Steele explains that Vocal Point is much like an internship. “When I joined Vocal Point,” he says, “I realized that I had kind of been thinking about some things wrong. I always thought you had to make singing your career if you were going to sing in a professional group. What I realized is you can do your passions on top of the things you do in your daily life. Vocal Point is so fun because it provides opportunities that nothing in my life has been able to in that way. It’s kind of like a business on top of being able to sing. We run all our social media. We’re a self-funded group so we have to make enough money to keep it up. That’s something.”
Vocal Point members are committed to the ideas of being a force bigger than themselves, and that they are stronger together than apart. Their current group is made possible by those who have gone before, standing on the shoulders of the success of the group’s founders and those who were part of Vocal Point over the past 26 years. They have all been impacted by music in their lives and are passionate about sharing the joy of music with audiences. Vocal Point is a positive force that blesses the lives of others.
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