M-pact, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world,” will give two free performances in the Kansas City Metro area in November. The performances are in conjunction with the m-pact Vocal Festival, A non-competitive festival, featuring 16 guest vocal ensembles from Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.
At the m-pact Vocal Festival, Nov. 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the participating vocal groups will have the opportunity to perform and work hands-on with the award-winning group. The festival will be livestreamed on KCKCC’s YouTube as well as on the festival’s website.
M-pact will provide a mid-day performance at 12:15 p.m. at KCKCC. The group will also perform at 8 p.m. at the Blue Room, in the 18th and Vine Jazz District. KCKCC’s “Blue Devil Funk Band” will be the opening act. The event is sponsored by the KCKCC student chapter of the Jazz Education Network.
M-pact is known for its sophisticated sound that has won the group Vocal Group of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards and an Indie nomination from the Independent Grammys.
The group has been named Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition and has performed with artists such as Boyz II Men, Sheryl Crow, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band and Natalie Cole, among many others.
Started in 1995, the group’s signature sound can be heard in their five m-pact has made five full-length albums, three EP’s and several single releases. Billboard Magazine named them the “Best Unsigned Band” and in 2014, the group joined with New York a cappella powerhouse Duwende to produce “I Wish for All Time,” an a cappella tribute to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.