We are everyday men and women. We sing. We wear black. We love music.
In October of 1987, Stanford University juniors Larry Shorter and Tony Stovall shared a love of fun and uplifting music and performance a cappella, but felt they didn’t see their style represented in the Stanford music scene. As a tribute to Sly and the Family Stone’s vision of inclusiveness and acceptance of all races, genders, and creeds, Shorter and Stovall formed Everyday People, based on the group’s 1967 hit of the same title, and thus brought together what one journalist calls one of the only “truly integrated” collegiate a cappella groups in the nation. In the spirit of Sly Stone’s ambition to demolish racial lines and use music as a tool to bring people together, Everyday People (EP) continues this tradition today and aims to reach a broad audience with this message.
What We Do:
EP is an entirely student-run organization; the arrangements in our repertoire have all been arranged and transcribed by our own members, past and present. We take pride in our practice of relying on the group’s remarkable talent to not only sustain the group, but also to make EP the nationally-recognized group it is today.
In addition to releasing seven studio albums which have won numerous awards, EP is passionate about sharing music with the greater community. We believe that by engaging the community through service, our experience is enriched as group members, and we hope, through music, that we can affect others in a positive way. We bring our music to local elementary schools, such as Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto and Easterbrook Discovery School in San Jose, as well as local children’s hospitals (spanning as far as the Los Angeles area).
Some of our notable alumni include actor Barney Cheng, award-winning singer/songwriter Jamie Green, singer/songwriter/producers Kevin and Sean Kumar, singer/songwriter/actor Mercy Malick, Broadway actress Katie Nutt, and jazz vocalist Jen Shyu. (And many more to come!)
Listen to Us!
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