A cappella has received much attention in pop culture recently, specifically since the release of "Pitch Perfect."
Renowned group, the Swingle Singers, brought its real life talent to the Cox Auditorium Saturday night as part of their 50th anniversary tour.
The group, which features four male and three female vocalists, has 50 albums and five Grammy Awards to its name.
As the performance began, the group took the stage with the song "Weather to Fly."
Not only did the group sing in harmony, but it also used a combination of whistling, humming, beat boxing and breathing into the microphone to mimic the sounds of instruments to accompany the music.
The performance featured several original songs, including "Reservoir Kids," "Hiding Your Smile" and "Piper." Other pieces included renditions of the Beatles song "Lady Madonna," and a remake of Beyoncé's song "Single Ladies," which became "All the Swingle Ladies."
The band also showcased its international travels by singing a song the group picked up on tour. The song, "Gemiler Giresune" is a Turkish love song about two young lovers who are destined to be separated forever.
Overall, the performance was met with applause between each musical number and ended with a standing ovation, to which the Swingle Singers responded with an encore.
After the performance, many people stayed around for the meet-and-greet with the group.
Chelsea Milligan, senior in theater and communication studies, was impressed by the group's onstage passion.
"It was so incredible," Milligan said. "They were so incredibly in sync with each other, which was just crazy to watch. You could really tell they have a passion about what they do onstage and you could see that in their performance."
For Ethan Roeder, a junior in College Scholars, the Swingle Singers served as his first experience with live a cappella.
"Getting to have that experience of seeing almost everything done with just their voices was just incredible," Roeder said. "It is definitely something that I want to see again."
The Swingle Singers also seemed pleased with the performance.
"We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves," said Sarah Brimer, who sings soprano in the group. "I mean, you kind of get a sense from the audience if they are enjoying it or not, and sometimes it's a little bit hard to gauge, but tonight it wasn't very hard to gauge. They were having a good time, and that just means the world to us."
Baritone Kevin Fox attributed some of the night's success to the popularity of a cappella in the U.S.
"We always like playing in the States as well, I think, because the style of music is very known here," Fox said. "Obviously there is some big a capella groups, and people are very knowledgeable and they get all the little nuances we do, so we really appreciate having a really knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience."
For Brimer, the performance at the Cox Auditorium was much more than a concert. It was more along the lines of a homecoming for the Bristol, Tenn., native.
"(It's) absolutely brilliant," Brimer said. "I mean, it sounds really cheesy to say it's like a dream come true, but it kind of is."
The Swingle Singers' album can be found on Amazon and iTunes.