Acapella group performs in Rent Auditorium

 Eh440 performed in Rent Auditorium on Feb. 22. Photo by Lauren Trimm.

Eh440 performed in Rent Auditorium on Feb. 22. Photo by Lauren Trimm.

Lauren Trimm

Reporter

The W’s Student Programming Board sponsored a performance by Eh440, a Canadian-based acapella group, on Feb. 22 in Rent Auditorium.

Eh440 was started in 2012 and made its first album, “Turn Me Up,” in 2014. The group includes lead singer Stacey Kay, Janet Turner, Jake Stern, Joe Oliva and Luke “The Human Record” Stapleton.

The group performed a mix of covers and originals spanning across several genres. Kay started out the performance with a cover of “Wings” by Little Mix. Other performance highlights included Turner’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” a cover of Shawn Mendes’ “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and Stern’s cover of “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith.

The songs showcased each singer’s unique vocal skills, such as Kay’s rapping ability, Stapleton’s beatboxing and Stern’s high range. 

Several of the songs were originals. Perhaps the most well-known is “Died on the Table” by Kay, written about one of Kay’s ex-boyfriends. 

“We dated for five years, and then I wanted to break up and he didn’t, and he kept being all crazy and I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna write a song about you,’” said Kay. “And I did.”

During Stapleton’s beatboxing solo, he asked for a volunteer from the audience to come on stage with him and hold a kazoo for him to add to his beatboxing. Sarah Kennedy was thrilled to be chosen to go up on stage.

“I have to say my favorite part was getting to hold the kazoo on stage with Luke,” said Kennedy, a student at The W.  “I would like to say that I was nervous, but I’m a bit of a people-person, so it was a lot of fun.”

At the end of the performance, the audience gave a standing ovation and begged for an encore. For the last song, the audience came up to the front of the stage and started dancing. Cricket Sellars, also a W student, listed this as her favorite moment.