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 as if 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.
In addition to releasing seven studio albums that have received 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, we can affect others in a positive way. Every year we hold a performance a cappella class through Splash!, a program that brings grade school students from across the nation to Stanford in the spring to participate in a 2-day learning experience. We also bring our act to local elementary schools, such as Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto and Easterbrook Discovery School in San Jose. During our 2011 Winter Tour, we performed for patients and staff at the Mattel Children’s hospital in Los Angeles.
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.
Some of our notable alumni include Barney Cheng – actor, Jamie Green – award-winning singer/songwriter, Kevin and Sean Kumar – singers/songwriters/producers, Mercy Malick – singer/songwriter/actor, Katie Nutt – Broadway actress, and Jen Shyu – jazz vocalist.
We are everyday men and women. We do cool songs. We dress in black. We jam.
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