BIOGRAPHY

VOICEPLAY

As Seen on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”.

Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous. Origimagidiculous.

Though the name has changed, the sound remains ever as magical. Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay (formerly 42Five) performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation.

VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.

The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on it’s head. Re-imagined as a full stage show, amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay’s music-without-music sound as it ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.

Fit for all ages, VoicePlay’s recordings and concerts are an impossible to miss hit which have to be heard to be believed.

 

F.A.Q’s

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Q: You’re a cappella? What does that mean?

A: VoicePlay uses no instruments in any of our live performances or recordings. It’s just our voices (even though it might be a little hard to believe).

Q: VoicePlay is AMAZING! How can I book you/ bring you to my to town?

A: The best way is to use the contact form on our “Connect” page above or by calling us at 1.877.690.6116. See you soon!

Q: I’ve been following you for years as 42Five… why the name change?

A: Quite simply, we were looking for a way to extend our audience & engage people who have never heard of us. We feel that “VoicePlay” says almost everything you need to know about us in two little words. While we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for “42Five”, it was time for a change.

Q: Where can I find your music?

A: You can find our music almost everywhere digital downloads are sold (iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, etc.) and at all of our live concerts.

Q: My company is having a convention…Does VoicePlay perform at those kinds of things?

A: Yup! In fact, VoicePlay works A LOT in the convention/industrial market. If you’re interested, get in touch with us on our “Connect” page.

Q: Will you come to my school?

A: VoicePlay get’s a lot of requests for school performances, and while we’d love to accommodate all of them, time just won’t allow us. If you’re interested in a school performance, please get in touch with us on our “Connect” page.

Q: I Love your arrangements! Do you have sheet music?

A: Yes and no… We largely arrange by multi-track recording but we have limited charts that we use on occasion. If you have a particular arrangement you’d like to use with your group, please let us know on our “Connect” page and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Q: You guys have incredible voices. What’s the cast’s range?

A: The voices in VoicePlay cover almost 5  1/2 octaves.

Q: Are the drums really Layne!?

A: Yes. He’s a freak.

Q: If I write to you on facebook/twitter/email/messenger pigeon will you really reply?

A: Yes. We heart all of you and if you write us, we’ll really write you back.

THE VOICES

EARL ELKINS, JR.

The soaring tenor voice heard on most of the leads in VoicePlay’s songs belong to none other than Earl Elkins, Jr. Involved in organized musical groupings at a very early age, Earl has literally traveled the globe in pursuit of the ultimate vocal challenge. Earl’s rock opera tenor voice has been heard from England to Japan while he was touring as an ambassador of the city of Orlando, with then Mayor, Glenda Hood.

Earl also plays a large part in creating original concepts. Many of the melodies and alternate harmonies heard in VoicePlay’s catchy tunes come from Earl’s spontaneous noodeling around, and end up being some of the most creative spots in VoicePlay’s albums and live performances. When not working with VoicePlay, Earl can be seen performing on several world class cruise lines and around Orlando including Crush at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Finding Nemo, The Musical. And if he’s not there, check the free weight station at the local golds gym…

As well as vocal talent, Earl also possesses instrumental talent as a French horn and trumpet player. He has been with VoicePlay since its inception in the beginning of 2000. With his powerful voice and commanding stage presence, he is an undeniable asset to the cast.

GEOFF CASTELLUCCI

Geoff Castellucci was born in Alexandria, VA and with well over 10,000 professional a cappella performances to his credit, has been singing since he can remember. His earliest musical memories are of playing the piano at his grandfather’s house in upstate NY when he was just five years old and break-dancing for home-movies. Recognizing musical talent and terrible dance skills, Geoff’s parents enrolled him classical and jazz piano training. From that doorway to music, Geoff branched out to vocals and guitar, but still loves to play the keys.

Geoff got his first taste of a cappella through singing in the middle school choir, but didn’t really develop as a “bass man” until high school when he co-founded VoicePlay (then 42Five) with Layne, Earl, and former members Scott Porter (yes, THAT Scott Porter) and Michael Kilgore.

Although Geoff’s first love was music, he married his second in the summer of 2007 and enjoys nothing more than spending time at home with his beautiful and talented wife Kathy— Although she sometimes takes a back seat to his other loves which include an unhealthy addiction to Twinkies, Diet Coke, Alton Brown, Starbucks coffee, South Park, William Shatner, and anything with an Apple logo on it.

The brainchild behind many of VoicePlay’s onstage antics, Geoff finds his creative outlet in penning arrangements for the act and coming up with new and innovative ways to embarrass the cast on stage. When not working with VoicePlay, Geoff can be seen making the rounds at Orlando area theme parks, including a very rumbly Frankenstein and Elwood Blues at Universal Studios Florida.

LAYNE STEIN

Born on Dec 16th in Orlando, Florida, Layne Stein has been singing since his earliest years in school, and like Geoff and Earl, was originally trained as an instrumentalist, playing the violin for 14 years before joining VoicePlay. After realizing he could spit to make money, he quickly learned and mastered the art of vocal percussion. All of those weird-funky-amazing-wow sound effects and drum lines come straight from his very tired mouth.

From an artistic context, Layne can be considered the epicenter of production for the group, including production on all of VoicePlay’s Albums. Layne is also one of the main writers for VoicePlay but doesn’t limit himself to any particular genre or style. He has penned and produced for a number of artists, some local, some large through his recording studio Rayne’s Room and is quickly becoming known as THE last word in vocal and instrumental recording.

In addition to his many and varied musical interests, Layne also holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida, which has helped to buttress his expertise and taught him the value of continued education and the constant pursuit of a better recording.

When not performing with the cast of VoicePlay, Layne can be seen behind a console in his studio or behind a mixing board running sound for a live show. Also, Layne has appeared in national commercials for the food network and in long lines at burger king, anxiously awaiting the return of the Shaq Pack.

ELIEZER “ELI” JACOBSON

On a surprisingly cool August evening, Eliezer Jacobson arrived to Florida aboard an interplanetary spacecraft from the Zeta galaxy. He already knew what his mission would be even though he was only seconds old. Today his part in the VoicePlay lineup furthers the fulfillment of that epic mission.

After his arrival he spent his early years in a small town just outside of Orlando, FL. Though the people of that town thought him an outcast, they also found themselves strangely and uncontrollably drawn to his magnetic charisma and classically handsome looks. Like most of the other guys, it was in High School that Eli discovered a cappella as well as his other loves, writing & recording, Soul, and Rock n’ Roll. From the age of 15 he has been actively working toward completing his epic mission spending most of his time either in studios or on stage.

Throughout his career Eli has fronted many a rock band and has either been fully responsible or collaborative in the production and writing of hundreds of songs internationally and possibly interplanetary and interdimensionally. To better further his mission’s efforts he also went to school to earn his Bachelors in Business Management while still seeing much of this Earth world as he continued work in the music and entertainment industry.

VoicePlay is where clarity lies for Eliezer. He counts himself lucky for having been a part of it for so long and sees only a bright future ahead. While responsible for some of the quirky furturistic musical ideas as well as left field conversations, he is also well known for his powerful galactic soulful rock vocals. In fulfilling his title as the group’s Director of All Things Awesome he puts his degree, artist management experience, and advanced alien understanding to good use. This is the right path. This is the road to mission completion… Stay Tuned!

TONY WAKIM

Born April 3 on a dark and stormy night, Tony has been performing since he can remember. He also shares an unprecedented love for feature animation and studied and trained at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design. When 2d Animation (Hand-Drawn) was retired in 2003, Tony focused his sights on the other love of his life, performing. His Credits have ranged from original pop music, to theatrical tours, to the Prince of Darkness himself, Dracula.

From the age of 17, Tony has worked for “The Mouse” (as he is affectionately known) Touring, Dancing, and in recent years even provided the voice to a familiar “Street Rat” with a magic lamp. Through all the endeavors of his career however, nothing has challenged him or brought as much fulfillment as performing with the extraordinary talents of the cast of VoicePlay. Having said that, his love of performing has been known to be eclipsed by anything produced by Max Martin, Barnes and Noble, Classic Movies and his hopeless addiction to Starbucks.