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Genre: A Cappella, Blues/R&B, Rock, Soul/Gospel

Website: http://www.ballinthehouse.com


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Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, the Temptations and Take 6 but with a modern, urban, post-millennial twist, the five member vocal band Ball in the House brilliantly blends a wide range of influences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop and gospel.

From singing the praises of Cool Whip on 21 national commercials over the past few years to averaging over 250 annual performances, BITH is making a cappella music hip for the hip-hop generation and beyond. They have performed from their hometown of Boston to San Francisco , from Singapore to New York , in theatres and playhouses before audiences ranging from 500 to 50,000. They've opened for and played concerts with Jessica Simpson, Howie Day, Blondie, 98 Degrees, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, last year opened at home for Gladys Knight and KC and the Sunshine Band. On July 28-29, 2005 , they are sharing a bill with Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Clay Aiken, Phantom Planet and Maroon 5 at the Tom's River Fest in New Jersey .

On days off between a constant slate of new tour dates, the group—which consists of founding members Dave Guisti, tenor, and Jon J. Ryan, vocal percussionist, and more recent additions Dan Szymczak (baritone), Aaron Loveland (tenor) and Tim Faust (bass)--has been in the studio, hard at work on their new, full length project with Tim Coons, the legendary vocal group producer who won a Diamond Award (10 million units sold) for his work on the Backstreet Boys' first album. Coons has also done arrangements and production for *NSync, Take 5, VonRa, Rob Thomas, The Bangles, and discovered teen singer JoJo (the youngest artist in history to hit #1) when she was just 11 years old.

“I worked with their manager James Lucente on another project, and he told me he was looking for a good mixer for their Think About It EP,” says Coons. “I've worked with a lot of great artists and some of the best vocal groups in the world, and I was knocked out by their unique blend of talents. All the guys are great songwriters, too, and have more musical knowledge than any group I've ever worked with. They're all proficient in writing, reading and playing instruments, and have their parts written out before they get in the studio. They're just very good at making this kind of music, and it's exciting to be on board. I literally freed up my schedule to work with them.”

Ball in the House's popular six song indie EP Think About It is the first featuring the current five member lineup—which is celebrating their first year and a half together—and current sound. Yet the group has been going full throttle since the late 90s, when Jon J. Ryan asked his former Boston Boys' Choir School classmate Dave Guisti to hop on board. BITH got off to a quick start with at the famed Apollo Theatre in New York , SUNFEST in West Palm Beach , Florida (opening for Paula Cole) and winning the 1998 National Harmony Sweepstakes – New England Region.

While other original members of BITH went on to pursue other interests post 9/11, but Jon J. and Dave remained, still believing in their music and still loving performing together. After exhaustive nationwide auditions, the group improved exponentially with the addition of Aaron in early 2002 and then Dan and Tim in 2003. Each member brings distinctive individual musical influences to the fold.

Jon loves funk and old school R&B—Prince, Stevie Wonder and Maxwell. Aaron grew up loving gospel and R&B legends such as the Winans and Gladys Knight and is a big fan of hip-hop greats Missy Elliot and Jay-Z. Dan's father introduced him to guitar and blues through Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King, as well as pioneers of rock and roll such as Elvis. Dave grew up a huge fan of solo R&B vocal giants like Peabo Bryson, James Ingram and Brian McKnight, as well as harmony groups like New Edition and BoyzIIMen. And Tim's big on piano rockers like Ben Folds and Billy Joel and classic groups like Queen and