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Since SINNNG was created, I've been fielding a lot of questions about why we need yet another site in the a cappella community.  Instead of answering questions individually, here's the how and why around the birth of SINNNG.

While I was watching Sing Off season one my first thought, like many of you, was holy cow here's a singing competition show I can really get into.  I'd avoided American Idol like the plague as the tweener popularity contest I saw it to be (probably an unfair assessment, and no offense to the participants who deserve the credit for the show's success).

Also like all of you, I love a cappella.  My first group was in high school (if you can call four friends who harmonize for fun and then perform at their senior prom a "group"), but my obsession with a cappella took off in college.  The Yale a cappella scene is a lot like the frat/sorority scene at other schools, meaning there are lots of groups, of all stripes and styles, and the group you join has a huge impact on your social circle.  

(Note: if you are in college and considering joining a group, DO IT.  There are some things you can never go back in time to do, and joining an a cappella group can change your life for the better).

Sadly, after college I stopped singing.  Suddenly, all the things a young man has to find when they graduate (find a job/apartment/car/girlfriend/etc.) took over.  Like a child puts a favorite toy aside when they grow up, a cappella grew dusty on the shelf.

Then Sing Off happened.  My parents, friends, everyone that knew I'd done a cappella started calling me, leaving passionate voicemails, writing emails saying I absolutely HAVE to watch the show.  

One episode in, and I was hooked.  

However, I had an immediate problem.  I got so hooked on watching clips from the show, that YouTube quickly became my dearest friend and mortal enemy.  I could find the clips I wanted, but searching and searching and searching was driving me bananas.  

So I thought, what if I had one place where I could find ALL the videos, neatly arranged for my viewing pleasure.  But that wasn't enough.  I also wanted as many clips as I could find of the groups from before the event.  And I wanted one place to write about the show.  

In other words, I wanted an all-acappella version of YouTube.

That's how SINNNG started.  

The site now has over 200 videos from the Sing Off seasons one and two, Sing Off Holland (what?  Yes, Holland. :) ) and all kinds of other stuff, including a clip of Sara Bareilles performing with SONOS.

So if you love a cappella and the Sing Off, please drop by:  http://www.sinnng.com.  If you're in a group, feel free to add your group, upload a picture, list concert dates, even upload your videos and music.