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Straight No Chaser's Jerome Collins talks viral fame, cutting a movie deal and more



Ten friends at Indiana University formed an a cappella group in 1996. Nothing serious — they named it Straight No Chaser, like any college kids would.

Guys graduated, parted ways and faced the real world. In 2006, one of the original members, Randy Stine, posted a video to YouTube of a performance they did eight years prior of 12 Days, a humorous medley of Christmas carols, with a little bit of Toto's Africa cleverly peppered in.

Millions of viral views later, the group has six major-label albums under their belt, and they're coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday. Tickets are $35-$75; click here for details.

"All of this got bigger than any of us would have imagined when we first started this in college," said singer Jerome Collins. "This was just sort of this thing for girls and food. We just liked hanging out and singing together."

For more of Katie Manfred's interview with Collins, click here.

[Last modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 10:11am]


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