About the Eight Tracks
The Eight Tracks is an award-winning eight-member a cappella group based in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville. We mostly sing well-known songs from the ‘60’s through today that audiences will instantly know and love. But we make a point of flipping songs on their heads in our arrangements and making them sound totally unique for the eight specific voices in our group. We pride ourselves on our strong musicianship since each singer is on their own individual voice part.
But it’s not all work! We always make time for fun, too. We’re a friendly bunch of 20-and-30-somethings from all different professions with all different musical backgrounds and this group is a family for the eight of us. So, we make a point to stay involved and know what’s going on in each other’s lives. Scroll down to get to know each of us!
Meet the Singers
Diana started singing a cappella in college at the University of Rochester as a soprano in Vocal Point, an all-female a cappella group. She is thrilled to add co-ed a cappella under her belt with the Eight Tracks! As a future nurse, Diana spends a lot of time studying, but many more hours watching Celtics games, exploring local breweries, and hanging out with her cat, Popcorn. You can 100% catch her singing Sia songs while doing all of the above activities.
Jonathan-- or JC, as he's known to the Tracks-- traces his a cappella obsession back to the spring of 2003. He first heard the harmonious doo's and bah's of college a cappella groups while making campus visits. He quickly forswore all other forms of singing and devoted himself to a lifetime of pop tunes performed using only the human voice. JC graduated from Harvard, where he studied organismic & evolutionary biology and sang with the Harvard Din & Tonics and the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones. With the Din & Tonics, he was lucky enough to sing all over the globe, from Oslo to Fiji. When he's not singing with the Eight Tracks, JC is a jack-of-all-trades for Boston area arts organizations.
Caroline is so excited to be a part of the Eight Tracks! She started singing when she was only two years old. Little did she know she would sing in many choruses, a high school a cappella group called Guacamole, and then become the musical director of the Bates College Crosstones. Caroline also loves to do theatre and film, and dreams of moving to New York one day to pursue it more professionally. While she is not singing, she works as a preschool teacher at a Montessori school and loves being around kiddos!
Ben, a local from Acton, Massachusetts, began singing at the tender age of 13 when he joined choir and founded a couple a cappella groups in an attempt to impress a girl (this is a true story). At the University at Buffalo, he was a member of the Buffalo Chips and took up vocal percussion, much to the chagrin of his friends and roommates. Nowadays, he combines his love of music and general awkwardness into musical improv comedy as a resident cast member at Catalyst Comedy and music director/beatboxer for Milk Money, an indie hip hop improv team. Putting his college degree to use, he works as a Research Associate at T2Biosystems.
Mark’s childhood in a one-stoplight hometown in rural Western New York meant joining every choir, campfire sing-along, and backyard re-enactment of Disney Channel Original Movies possible. In college, Mark was a member of the Harvard Glee Club before joining the Harvard Callbacks, an all-gender a cappella group that exposed him to arranging and vocal percussion. Beyond singing, Mark loves playing with his pup (Elliott), listening to crime podcasts, and surviving HIIT workouts… though most of his time is spent unpacking the adolescent mind and telling dad jokes as a six-year educator at Milton Academy.
Stephen Michael Johns
Stephen started his musical journey at the young age of 5 singing for church. He graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in Music Theatre, and spent a few years performing at various theaters in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida. He moved to Boston in 2014, currently works as a buyer for Newbury Comics, and is a loving cat dad to Rorschach Bartholomeow. He would like to thank his Eight Tracks family for being an important and loving pillar in his young adult life.
Dylan started singing in his high school choir. After that, he started to pursue music more actively when he went to WPI for college. Dylan took part in several theatrical productions on campus, and was also the music director of the WPI Audiophiles co-ed a cappella group, while getting his degree in electrical and computer engineering. Dylan works as a health software engineer at MITRE and an independent video game developer when he isn't recording his own music or singing with the Eight Tracks.
Alicia started their music career at the age of 5 as a member of the cherub choir at their parent's church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Growing up in the land of chocolate factories and Amish buggies, Alicia continued singing throughout school, taking them to the PMEA All-State choir festival their senior year of high school. Making the move to Massachusetts, Alicia then spent their college years heavily involved in both theatrical productions and choral activities. While majoring in Theatre with a minor in mechanical engineering, Alicia was a member of the WPI Audiophiles co-ed a cappella group. When off-stage, Alicia works in Theatre Operations for the Huntington Theatre Company.
Our Story and About Our Founders
Rebecca (Becka for short) and Michela grew up in Salem, New Hampshire and met in high school chorus class where they shared their love for singing and became best friends.
After graduating high school, Becka attended Boston University and sang with Chordially Yours, an all-female a cappella group, and went on to co-found Common Sound, a Boston-based semi-professional a cappella group, in 2008. Meanwhile, Michela was on the other side of the city studying at Berklee College of Music and later the Boston Conservatory. She later moved to Providence, Rhode Island where she co-founded Songs for the Rhode.
In the summer of 2013, Michela moved back to Somerville, where she and Becka got lunch at Diesel Cafe and discussed the potential of singing together once again. Together they laid the foundation for what would become a small, close-knit group made up of strong individual singers with a high level of musicianship. The first iteration of the group sang together for the first time in September 2013 and named themselves the Eight Tracks.
During their time with the Eight Tracks, Michela sang mezzo-soprano, served as the music director and Emerita music director, and arranged for the group; Becka sang alto and served as the group director and finance manager.
After six years of music and friendship with the Eight Tracks, Becka and Michela retired from the group in September 2019. One of their goals when starting the group was to create a group that lived on beyond its initial incarnation. Today, the Eight Tracks continue to strive for the same level of excellence and desire for musical achievement rooted in the group’s founding.