NEW: A Sabbath Blog's interview with Committed
UPDATE: Committed wins "The Sing-Off."
Watch every Committed song.
An Adventist a cappella group will be competing on NBC's "The Sing-Off," starting Dec. 6. Committed is one of 10 a cappella groups competing for a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000.
Committed was formed in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy in Orlando, Fla. Since then, the group's membership has changed lots of times. The current group is made up of five graduates and one undergraduate student from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.
They are Dennis "DJ" Baptiste, Jr., Alain "Tommy" Gervais, Geston Pierre, Robert "Robbie" Pressley Jr., Maurice Staple and Theron "Therry" Thomas.
According to Andrews University, Committed is the only Christian group in the competition. At first, this caused problems for the group.
Image source: Committed Facebook page
According to Andrews University, Committed waited a week to find out if they would still be able to compete. The group's taping dates were moved to Mondays and Wednesdays.
"Our goal has always been to minister to people, to touch people's hearts, to spread the love of Jesus with our music," said Geston Pierre, bass singer for Committed. "We're glad to be on the show, but wether we win or lose, we're going to continue doing what we've been doing."
Other Adventist a cappella groups
Committed is the second Seventh-day Adventist a cappella group to compete on "The Sing-Off." In December 2009, Nota won the first season of "The Sing-Off." Their debut album was released in November.
Take 6 also traces its history back to Oakwood. Thirty years ago, the group began at what was then Oakwood College. Since then, the group has won 10 Grammy awards and 10 Dove awards. They've released their most recent album in October.
When to watch
"The Sing-Off" is a five-night musical event in its second season. It was taped in August and September and will air Mondays and Wednesdays 8-10 p.m. ET. The finale, however, will air live on Dec. 20.
Below is a video of Committed performing "This Love" on "The Sing-Off."
UPDATE (12/06/10 10:30 p.m.)
Committed advances to the second round. They sang "This Love," by Maroon 5. At the end of the program, they gave a short preview of their next performance (Dec. 8), singing "Apologize."
UPDATE (12/08/10 9:57 p.m.)
Committed moves on to episode three. They sang "Apologize" by OneRepublic. They will be singing "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys on Monday, Dec. 13.
Watch Committed perform "Apologize" below:
UPDATE (12/13/10 9:32 p.m.)
Contestants will have to sing two different songs tonight. Committed sang "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.
UPDATE (12/13/10 9:55 p.m.)
Committed moves on to Episode 4 (Dec. 15). In addition to singing "Every Breath You Take," they sang "I Want It That Way" by the Back Street Boys.
Committed moves on to the finals, which will air live on Dec. 20. How to vote for the winner.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15, Committed sang a medley of Usher songs for the medley round and sang Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," a song chosen by the judges for them to sing in the judges' pick round.
"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green: