Thursday, June 24, 2010

West Virginia News Paper Features OC Times



This morning we received an exciting message that we are being featured in the Charleston Gazzette, a local newspaper in West Virginia, announcing our arrival. While we have been featured in articles before, this one is particularly special in that it is one of the first times that we have been written about before we even arrive! Usually we have to show up and do something pretty special (or illegal) to make the local papers!
Our contacts in WV have been very excited and active in promoting the show online and even on youtube, so it is no surprise that their efforts have attracted the local press. They are a prime example of a chapter that knows how to expose our artform to the community through PR. Thanks guys, we can't wait to experience the fruit of your labor!
Check out the article here:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

update from Sean

To OC Times friends and family - I'm so thankful to have heard from many of you during this process, through your cards, emails, and facebook posts… they’ve lifted me up so much, I just wanted to take this opportunity to share my gratitude for your constant support and encouragement. The surgery was actually last Thursday (Aug. 6) - and went very smoothly, my doctors were pleased with how the procedure went. A lot of people have asked what exactly it was - my Dr. (Robert Ossoff) performed a 'microflap' surgery to remove a polyp from my left vocal fold... I'm now on complete vocal rest until my next appt. on Monday, Aug. 24 - when they'll (hopefully) clear me to begin working my voice back gradually, through speech and singing therapy. During this process I'll get to work with another expert in this field, Dr. Tom Cleveland. I can't tell you what a blessing it's been to just 'happen' to be right here in Nashville, blocks away from the world renowned Vanderbilt Voice Center. Everyone on their staff makes you feel so special - and offers the very best in the care and treatment of all issues realted to the voice. If all goes well I should be clear to return to 'normal' singing activity by late September/early October. I do want to send a special thanks to my amazing quartet - Shawn, Patrick and Cory have been so extremely patient and understanding through this entire situation, and have literally carried me through over a year and a half of performances. I'm looking forward to making all the right moves needed to get back to them in the best vocal shape possible, to ensure and to share many, many more years together entertaining audiences all over. I also want to mention how incredible my co-workers at Harmony Foundation and the Barbershop Harmony Society have been - they have backed me 100% while I face these challenges, and for that I'm forever thankful. I sure do hope to see many of you over the coming months and years – be sure to check back to our website as we begin to post our dates for 2010, and as we share more info about our exciting new CD project! All the best, Sean

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Member of the OC Times Family!

IT'S A BOY!!! CONGRATS TO THE YORKS!!!


Name: Kainoa John York
Stats: 8lbs, 13oz - 20.5 inches
Born: 12:31pm on 07/08/09
To: Shawn and Lani York
Voice Part: Tenor

Both mother and son are healthy and happy and should return home sometime today. We're so excited for the York's and this addition to our family!! (We'll be teaching him his first tag in the next couple of weeks.)


Here's a great pic of Lani and Kalea making their international stage debut at the AIC Show in Anaheim! We know Kalea will be an awesome big sister! :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

SPIN Artilce Now Online


Our article in SPIN is now ONLINE! Check it out here.

The article will probably only be up for the month of February, so check it out and send it to all your friends!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

OC TIMES in SPIN MAGAZINE!!

OC Times is in the new issue of SPIN magazine that JUST hit the stands. Written by Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple.

We actually haven't SEEN the article yet, but here's a pic from someone on the east coast lucky enough to get their hands on one!!


May take a few days for the issue to get to the west coast. Send pictures of you with your copy of SPIN and we'll post it here on the blog! :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy New Year!

WOW. Time flies when you are having fun!! Has it really been six months since my last post?!

July of 08. That was last year... literally. I apologize for not being more diligent in my postings. I half wrote a handful of blogs that are, well, half written. Somehow the plane trip home never entails enough energy to write the whole thing! Fear not, however, for I have a new plan! It will be unveiled on this blog sometime next week and should prove to be an entertaining look at OC Times and our championship year - taking YOU on the road with US!! Stay tuned!! :)

Much has happened since July - Sean moved to Nashville and works for the Harmony Foundation, I got a job and moved to South Lake Tahoe, the quartet has traveled to Russia, Finland, Canada, and many places throughout the US. (One of these days I'll post about the Russia/Finland experience, it was remarkable!)

We are also very excited to announce that we are starting work on our next record!! We're going to be laying down tracks this weekend in Burbank at our favorite studio, The Greene Room, with our producer, Mark "Sing It Again" Hale sitting in and keeping us honest. The tracks that are definitely on the list right now are:
  • You Belong To Me
  • Don't Be A Baby, Baby
  • Surfer Girl
  • Fun, Fun, Fun
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  • Oh Look At Me Now
  • A Fool Such As I
We have a several more songs that are in the works that we are really excited for. We'll try to get some sneak peaks up here on the blog for you just as soon as we can!

This next year will take us around the world again, with trips to Canada, Mexico, throughout the US, and some other exotic locations that are currently in the works - stay tuned! We hope to see you at a show near, or even not so near (the record is ~1,200 miles driving!), you this year! If you can't make it to a show, be sure to be in Anaheim for International. We'll be appearing on our first AIC show (!), singing all over the place and performing our 'swan song' set as outgoing quartet champions! There is also word of an article in a major music magazine (we even did a cool photo shoot!) and the much awaited release of American Harmony is also coming up! We're honored to be in a position to represent the Barbershop Harmony Society in these exciting ventures and hope we do you proud!

We want to thank you all for your support throughout 2008 - it was a truly remarkable year. 2009 looks to have new challenges, exciting opportunities and many more chances to do what we love to do - sing for you! Thanks for being there with us all along...

Happy New Year and God Bless,

-Cory

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thanks from OC Times

Dear Friends -

I guess it's time to take that step and admit to ourselves that sometime we have to come down from the high we've been on since July 5th. It's almost impossible to explain just what winning the quartet and chorus championships mean to us, but I guess that's part of the year as a champ... coming to grips with the reality that all the rehearsals, the time on the road, hours spent coaching and the many shows and tags shared with friends have really paid off. It's an odd feeling, fulfilling a lifelong dream... it's part relief, mostly elation and a healthy portion of shock.

The past few months have been full of hard rehearsals, chorus practice, coaching and somewhere in there, work and loving our families. We'd be remiss to forget to acknowledge several key people and organizations that have nourished OC Times to where we are today.

Our choruses, the Reno Silver Dollar Chorus, the Westminster Chorus and the Masters of Harmony. Our mentors and friends, Rob Menaker, Jeff Baker, Brett Littlefield, Mark Hale and Aaron Dale. Our loving families--mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wife (Lani York), daughter (Kalea York), and girlfriends. Your patience, guidance, support and love made all of this possible, we truly could not have done it without you. Finally, we thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the talents He gave us, the loving people He put in our lives, and the opportunity to share His love through our music.

The past few months have also brought much change for the OC Times family. Baby Kalea York, is the light of both Shawn and Lani's lives and a particular highlight in ours as well. Cory graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in May and moved to Lake Tahoe to work at an environmental policy and consulting firm. Furthermore, Patrick is getting back to work on his "ten year plan" at Orange Coast College. Finally, Sean graduated from Azusa Pacific University and recently accepted a position with the Harmony Foundation in Nashville, TN at the beautiful BHS headquarters.

With all this change, many of you may be wondering "whatever is going to happen to OC Times?!" We want you to know... we're going to be around for a long, long time. We love innovating, performing, entertaining, teaching and sharing with barbershoppers, youth and any audience that is willing to lend us an ear. We're always accepting shows, youth harmony camps and other performances - and we don't see an end in sight.

On a much more serious note, we also recently lost a good brother in Harmony, Rich Hasty, a fellow member of the Masters of Harmony, comedic genius, accomplished arranger, esteemed judge, great friend and loving husband and father. His sudden passing reminds us all that our time here is so short... we're so blessed to be a part of such an amazing family of barbershoppers. At a recent Masters of Harmony retreat, we were urged to remember that for some people in the audience -- and even on the risers -- it may be their last... little did we know how true those words would become. Pray for the Hasty family for strength during this trying time and find comfort in knowing that Rich is singing praises in the "chorus in the sky." It was an honor knowing you, Rich.

That same family lifted Cory up when he was injured earlier this year. Your cards, e-mails, teddy bears and prayers paid off and he is making progress with his vision daily. All of these events have made us realize how truly great is to be a barbershopper. We count ourselves blessed to be a part of this wonderful family.

We are humbled and honored to be your quartet champions. We promise to represent you well -- to close out all the afterglows we can, sing tags with any willing singer, teach the youth, support our choruses and spread the love of barbershop to audiences wherever we are privileged to go. We look forward to what exciting things the coming years have for us, and for barbershop. Until we meet again...

Sincerely yours,

Shawn, Sean, Pat and Cory

OC Times
2008 International Quartet Champions
www.octimesquartet.com