Cedarville’s a cappella group The Inversions will release their second album, “All Along,” April 7, which reflects how the group’s grown since its birth four years ago.
“It is kind of a metaphor for the group and how we’ve grown,” said Robert Rhodes, a junior who’s been a member of the Inversions since his freshman year. “Four years ago we were a dream, now we are a family, and you now hold in your hand, aka the EP, what we’ve dreamt of all along. So the idea of it’s been a long time coming.”
Senior Jeremy Witt is the group’s music director.
“‘All Along’ is a lyric from one of the songs that was on the album called ‘Stay,’ originally by Rihanna,” he said, “and we just wanted to pick something that was meaningful to the group and a lyric from one of the songs.”
Group member Mackenzie Kastelein said though the group’s current audience is Cedarville students, the group hopes the album’s release expands their audience.
“I hope it goes past just Cedarville students – that we can reach other people with it – especially because it helps get Cedarville’s name out there,” Kastelein said, “and ultimately we want the glory to go to God for this, because along with ‘All Along’ he has been there all along through this process.”
“All Along” is voiced by last year’s Inversions members and includes a variety of songs.
“I like to think there is pretty much a song on there for anyone,” Rhodes said. “You’ve got everything from folk to more old school, jazz funk to contemporary pop.”
The group had a Maroon 5 mashup specifically arranged for them as well as a solo Rhodes arranged and sung himself, Rhodes said. The album also features a variety of duets and a quartet.
“This one’s different (from the previous album) in that we were fortunate enough to be able to bring an a capella production company (Emerald City Productions) to Cedarville to record us,” Witt said. “He came here for two days in November, and we recorded all the songs. The quality of it and just his expertise regarding a capella music and how to record it.”
Witt said the proceeds from over 20 sponsors made this album possible. Kastelein said the easiest way students can support The Inversions is by purchasing singing valentines for friends and by showing up to the group’s concerts.
“This is our big time of the year, this is where we thrive and we get to entertain and we get to show people what we’ve been working on and how God has used our music to work with our group,” Rhodes said.
“All Along” will be available on iTunes, Loudr, Google Play and Amazon MP3, and the group will sell hard copies in the lower SSC this week and at The Inversions concert April 10, Witt said.
Ellie Dukes is a freshman nursing major and an arts and entertainment writer for Cedars. She likes to express her artistic abilities through cosmetology and writing. You can spot her anywhere there is a desire for God or there is a Chipotle.
Editor’s note: The spelling of “Rihanna” was corrected.