Minneapolis group Home Free wins NBC's The Sing-Off
The Minneapolis-based a capella group Home Free won NBC's The Sing-Off on Monday night, taking home the grand prize in the highly rated singing competition show. Home Free, who formed in Mankato 13 years ago and have been performing tirelessly ever since, won a lucrative recording contract with Sony and a $100,000 prize, as well as the attention and admiration of a national TV audience in the process.
The a cappela quintet regularly reworked classic and modern numbers like Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," and Hunter Hayes's "I Want Crazy," giving the songs their own distinctive country twang that caught the attention of judges Ben Folds, Jewel, and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, as well as fans throughout the country.
In addition to winning the grand prize, Home Free will be participating in The Sing-Off's national tour, which includes a stop at Mill City Nights on March 21. The group are also capitalizing on the buzz generated by their big win by releasing a new album, Crazy Life, which will be out digitally on January 14, and in stores on February 18.
Jewel was one of Home Free's biggest vocal supporters on the show, and on the final episode of The Sing-Off, she collaborated with the group on a version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" that went a long way towards the group ultimately winning the show.