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Time for Vocal Point in Queen Creek

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It's been some time, a couple years actually, since McKay Crockett was on NBC's The Sing Off as a member of Vocal Point, Brigham Young University's high-energy acapella boy band who'll be rockin' the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center this weekend. These days, he spends his hours as the artistic director for the 9-man vocal firepower ensemble. Before he boarded a plane this morning, Crockett took a few minutes to visit with Examiner about how Vocal Point's time flies.

"The guys are all full-time students at BYU, so they sacrifice a lot of social opportunities to rehearse and perform," Crockett explained. "We also try to build homework blocks into our tour schedules." Maximizing every hour, Vocal Point has packed two concerts into their brief stay in Queen Creek on Saturday.

"I oversee the group, but everything from the music selection to the arranging, and even the choreography, is a very collaborative effort," said Crockett who earned his undergraduate degree in commercial music from BYU and is currently on staff at the university.

Since the group's high profile experience on The Sing Off, they've been even busier than usual. One of this year's highlights was having their arrangement of Sara Bareille's 'Brave' featured on the 2014 Grammy Awards. They'll perform it at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center along with other cuts off the new CD they released just last week called 'Spectrum.'

As if the Grammy fun weren't enough, they also just recorded a cover of Disney's 'Kiss the Girl' with video pop sensation Peter Hollens that's gone viral to the tune of more than two million hits over the last few days.

Though Vocal Point may be short on moments to spare, their hours at Queen Creek promise to be some of the most exhilarating flashes of the weekend. As Crockett sees it, the whole point is to expend their energy "bringing joy through positive and uplifting music." What could be more well worth the time?

-Jennifer Haaland

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