The Blenders

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, The Blenders are proud to call Minneapolis, Minnesota their home base. They have spent the last 12 years touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal harmony-based music. Touring 46 states to date, they have appeared with such acts as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Savage Garden, Johnny Lang, Blues Traveler, Chicago, The Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Chuck Berry and many more. They have appeared on a variety of national and regional television shows including The Arsenio Hall Show (FOX), The Today Show on NBC, Crook and Chase (TNN), and WGN. Radio performances have included WGN and National Public Radio, to name a few.

 The group spent their first few years building up their fan base by touring hundreds of colleges and universities across the country.  In the process, they received the Contemporary Artist of the Year Award in 1994 and 1995 by the National Association of Campus Activities. With the support of these loyal fans, The Blenders have created a presence that continues to expand worldwide. Each member of The Blenders had the good fortune of growing up in a musical family that nurtured their love of song. Although their influences stretch far and wide, Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance, Darren Rust and Allan Rust find a common bond in vocal music. From R&B and Jazz, to Pop and Rock, their tight harmonies and upbeat arrangements always provide the perfect blend.

The Blenders continue writing their own music as well as adapting songs of their favorite artists. They have released seven recordings to date including a compilation album called "Now and Then" (1997). It features three cuts from each of their first three albums; "Totally Whipped" (1992), "From The Mouth" (1994), and "The Blenders" (1995), along with three previously unreleased tracks. Also in 1997, The Blenders released their first Christmas album entitled "Nog", which is a favorite among their fans and features the group’s unmistakable, smooth vocal harmonies. The Blenders found international success with their first-ever major-label release, "Loveland" (1999) on Universal Records. They even hit number one in a handful of European countries with a remake of the quirky song, "(I am in Love with the) McDonald’s Girl." After an almost two year hiatus that began at the end of 2000, The Blenders returned to the scene in the winter of 2002 with a new Christmas album entitled "When it Snows".  With a holiday concert tour and the help of corporate giant Best Buy, the album quickly found it’s way onto the Billboard charts in just a few weeks of hitting the stores. Often described as, "one of America's best-kept vocal secrets", The Blenders continue to record and tour the country, delighting their audiences with their signature vocal sound.

Discography

Christmas With (DVD)

Opening Credits
Put a Little Love In Your Heart
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
When it Snows
Audience Greetings
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland
I Wonder As I Wander
Do You Hear What I Hear
One Small Child / We 3 Kings
Frosty The Snowman
Audience Greeting 2
I Bought You a Plastic Star (For Your Aluminum Tree)
Pure Imagination / White Christmas
Lean On Me
All Wrapped Up
Love Train

The Blenders have been performing a series of very successful Christmas concerts for many years and now we finally have a chance to see for ourselves what makes the shows so popular. Neither all a cappella nor just Christmas songs the concert is nevertheless a real treat for Blenders fans who enjoy their wonderful harmonies and a blend that can only come after many years of singing together. The all a cappella "Hark The Herald Angel Sings" and "I Wonder As I Wander" are particular treats on this enjoyable live performance footage.

2409 DVD $29.95

Christmas Collection

IThe Christmas Song
Do You Hear What I Hear
Little Drummer Boy
The First Noel
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Little Town of Bethelehem
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Let It Snow
Angels We Have Heard On High
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Tiny Little Christmas
Christmas TIme Is Here
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Silent Night
Carol of the Bells
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland
When It Snows
One Small Child - We Three Kings
I Wonder As I Wander
Go Tell It On The Mountain
O Come All Ye Faithful
Deck The Halls
Santa's Little Helper (Interlude)
Frosty The Snowman
Away In A Manger
I Bought You A Plastic Star
Pure Imagination / White Christmas
Sleigh Ride
Christmas Eve
All Wrapped Up

This two CD set features every Christmas song The Blenders have recorded. It is a compilation of all of the group’s popular holiday CDs including “Nog”, “When it Snows”, “Most wonderful Time”, and the bonus track “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, from their previous compilation, “Holiday Best.” Now everyone can own ALL of The Blenders’ endearing Christmas songs in this spectacular collection for one special price. Featuring all of the beautiful harmonies and soulful vocals that have made The Blenders one of America’s most-beloved vocal bands!

2460 2CDs $24.95

Most Wonderful Time

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Go Tell It On The Mountain
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Santa's Little Helper
Frosty The Snowman/Here Comes Santa Claus
I Wonder As I Wander
Deck The Halls
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
I Bought You A Plastic Star
Away In A Manger
Christmas Eve
All Wrapped Up

In years past, if we were asked for our favorite Christmas CD, "Nog," by the Blenders came right to the tip of our minds. The all male quartet was the definition of smooth-as-silk, break-your-heart harmonies and Omigod arrangements. But today we found "Time" in our pile of review CDs, and we realized that Santa loves Contemporary a cappella. 12 cuts, all crackling like a yule log with spot-on vocal percussion–the title tune, "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," “Frosty the Snowman/Here Comes Santa Claus” medley, "I Wonder As I Wander," a funky "Deck the Halls," a bluenote "O Little Town of Bethlehem," the walking-jazzy "I Bought You a Plastic Star (for Your Aluminum Tree"), "Away In A Manger," and the Firsesign Theater-ish sound-skit "Christmas Eve," which segues into the incongruous, disco band-accompanied "All Wrapped Up." Each of these songs is a gem that needs a few listens to truly appreciate. The Men in Blend have done it again!

Listen to "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" in Real Audio

2425 CD $14.98

When It Snows

Carol Of The Bells
Twas the Night
Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
When It Snows
One Small Child / We Three Kings
Pure Imagination / White Christmas
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
O Come All Ye Faithful
Sleigh Ride
Tiny Little Christmas

The Blenders, one of our favorite groups of all time, and whose Christmas CD on PAC Records, "Nog," has been our best-selling Christmas title, have a new Christmas CD! "Carol of the Bells" segues into a surprising, jazzy, blue-note vocal-percussion "Twas the Night." "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland" is a funky, bopping rap romp (with some non-vocal percussion). The sweet "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" has the trademark Blenders harmonies. "When It Snows" is a powerful original, "One Small Child/We Three Kings" is dramatically beautiful. The atmospheric original "Pure Imagination" segues into a finger-snapping "White Christmas," a funky "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," a touching falsetto "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Sleigh Ride" is a parody of the Velvet Underground's "Walk on the Wild Side," and a final sweet, rhythmic original, "Tiny Little Christmas." Some non-vocal percussion and keyboards on some cuts. A striking, innovative Christmas CD by the Blenders!

Listen to "Twas the Night" in Real Audio
2426 CD $14.98


Nog

The Christmas Song
Do You Hear What I Hear
Let It Snow
The First Noel
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Little Drummer Boy
Angels We Have Heard On High
Christmas Time Is Here
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night

Hurry, quick! Look at what the Santa's little helpers have been up to this year! It's hard to believe that these four young men from Minnesota have transfused these familiar holiday chestnuts with such inspiration and wonder, but indeed they have. "Let It Snow" takes as it's initial premise a Polynesian tiki lounge rhythm - already different - and then takes the cheery melody headlong into a ninth chord resolution! This CD is trimmed with so many gorgeous decorations that it improves the more one hears it, revealing subtleties that delight upon discovery. The creativity just saturates every song, whether as a distinctive rhythmic variation or unexpected countermelody, but always integrated into the whole (by the way, the group produced and arranged "Nog" themselves). In terms of intonation and blend, the Blenders (coinciding with their choice of name), are the best in the business: listen to "Do You Hear What I Hear" as just one excellent example. It's perfectly calibrated, the senses reveling in the purity of sound. Contemporary a cappella at its best.

Listen to "The Christmas Song" in Real Audio.
2423 CD $14.98


Holiday Best

Carol of the Bells
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Do You Hear What I Hear
When It Snows
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
The Christmas Song
The First Noel
Pure Imagination/White Christmas
Walkin' in a WInter Wonderland
Angels We Have Heard On High
One Small Child/We Three Kings
O Come All Ye Faithful
Tiny Little Christmas
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Silent Night
I'll Be Home For Christmas

This 2004 release is a compilation of their other two Christmas recording ('Nog' and 'When It Snows') plus a new bonus track 'I'll Be Home For Christmas.'

7435 CD $14.98

Songs from the Soul

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Takin' It To The Streets
Lean On Me
What You Won't Do For Love
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Love The One Your With
Love Train
People Get Get Ready
29 Ways

On their annual holiday concert tour, The Blenders got the idea for a different kind of recording than they had done in their 16 years together, of music so universal that it could be performed for any audience at any time of the year. It would be a tribute album, not Christmas music, and not a cappella. 10 songs based on a simple criteria: they had to be soulful, songs that speak to the heart, songs with messages of hope: "People Get Ready," compassion–"Takin' It to the Streets," support–"Lean On Me," and love–"Put A Little Love in Your Heart," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," "Love Train" and "Love the One You're With." They had to do a couple of songs, "What You Won't Do for Love" and "29 Ways," just because they feel so good. Admittedly, it's not easy getting used to an accompanied Blenders album, but the voices, harmony and soul we've loved in these Sweeps champs is as strong as ever, the tunes are great, and "Songs" is another Blenders winner.

1214 CD $14.98

Loveland

Voices
Loveland
Turnaround
Can't Get Over You
It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
Forgiven
Everyday
Beautiful
Cherish
I Am In Love With The McDonald's Girl
People Get Ready

You're right, it's not a cappella, but from the first lyric: "voices singing out in harmony" and the Blenders prove, once again, that they have all the right moves. Having tossed their collective hats into the boypop music ring (possible strategy? Well, they'd certainly be one of the best looking bands on MTV), they give it up with radio-seductive songs such as "Turnaround," "Everyday" and "Beautiful," and of course, "I'm In Love With A Mcdonald's Girl." The production values include plenty of lush keyboards and perfectly synchronized drum tracks, though they slip in some cool effects and synthesized sounds too, most obviously on "Forgiven." When the criteria is purity of tone, blend and intonation, the Blenders k.o. the competition.

Listen to "Turnaround" in Real Audio.

2590 CD $14.98

From The Mouth

Oxapello? [spoken intro]
Tasty, Tasty, Tasty
Lonely With You
You
Jeanine's Anthem
Plainotfancy
Summer Sounds
Sailing
The Girl is Good
Dirty Windows
60 Minute Man
Interlude
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Gray Matters
Aunt Sue's Ant Soup

From the opening cut, "Tasty," the Blenders infuse the hackneyed "upbeat" description with real meaning. There is an occasional touch of percussion added to this mix but frequently it is hard to discriminate between that and the vocal percussion and tambourine of Darren and Ryan. The production of this release is enhanced by experience as the group records, produces, and does everything else on this second effort. Studio originals are the substance of the recording but don't miss the hysterical, live, country version of "Don't Worry, Be Happy.

Listen to "Lonely With You", and "Sailing"
2421 CD $14.98


Totally Whipped

Jump Up
Accidental Lovers
You Can't Do That
In My Room
She Was Mine
Stand By Me
Faith
Drive By
Get Ready
Last Kiss
Together
Mama Knows Best
I Understood (Be Who You Want)
Rock Your World
Last Kiss (808 Mix)

Fargo North Dakota is the center of the a cappella universe! Say what? Well it becomes so, at least momentarily, with each new Blenders Release. This first release from 1992 introduced a young quartet of men who were bursting with creative energy, musical cleverness, and humor. Mostly we are treated to original work with just 4 covers for those who like to judge talent against the past. Totally Whipped was a great initial release and truly foreshadowed the career which is one of the dynamic successes of the a cappella world. Be prepared to boogie!
2420 CD $14.98


Now and Then

That's the Way
Fly Away
Every Now & Then
Let It Fall
Charlie Anyboy
Comin' Back Again
Sailing
Plainotfancy
Grey Matters
Together
Rock Your World
Last Kiss

Favorites. That's what you will find in this l997 release. Three previously unreleased tunes include a little known Led Zeppelin tune, "That's The Way," and two new tunes by Alan Rust who joined the band after the departure of Paul Dunkirk. Then there are three from the cd titled "The Blenders" co-produced by Levi Seacer Jr. and JD Steele. Rounding out this retrospective are three from "Totally Whipped" and another triad "From The Mouth,"their first two recordings. Now and Then is a fine overview of an important vocal group.
2424 CD $14.98


A Cappella Christmas

Angels We Have Heard On High
Christmas Time Is Here
Do You Hear What I Hear
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
O Come All Ye Faithful
Rudoplh The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night
The Christmas Song
The First Noel
Tiny Little Christmas
T'was The Night Before Christmas

Popular contemporary a cappella group The Blenders' arrangements are in high demand for their tight, sweet harmonies. Included here some of their most well-loved Christmas songs as featured on their top-selling recordings. Scored for men's voices, TTBB plus solo.

9123 CD $14.95

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