Stanford Fleet Street Singers
The Stanford Fleet Street Singers, or "Fleet Street," as we're known to the popular masses of Stanford University, are sixteen men devoted to the professional presentation of pure a cappella. With a focus on musicality as well as humor, Fleet Street provides a balance between elegant harmony and simple buffoonery, mellifluence and melodrama, assonance and disso--well, you get the point.
A picture of campus
It's soon obvious, though, that there is more to Fleet Street than this equilibrium of the comical and lyrical. For beneath the group's tuxedo-clad surface lies twenty years of continual Stanford support and representation. Rooted in University tradition, Fleet Street - its members invariably bedecked in cardinal-red bow ties and socks - remains the only group on campus devoted to the preservation of timeless Stanford standards. From the Alma Mater, "Hail, Stanford, Hail!" to the spirited "Come Join the Band," and the raucous "Dirty Golden Bear," these University traditionals continue to find new life through Fleet Street performances.
Fleet Street together
Fleet Street, in turn, has found direction through its appreciation and presentation of these Stanford songs. In 1988, Stanford's hundredth year of existence (and, interestingly enough, Fleet Street's seventh), the University recruited the group as Stanford ambassadors and proceeded to fly the singers to various sites around the country as part of the Centennial Campaign. With stops in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Portland, and 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, Fleet Street was the entertainment of choice for Stanford alumni across the nation.
Fleet Street has also found an audience in the world away from Stanford University. With seven albums under their collective belt (including 1996's Hits and Skits, a double-disc, greatest hits collection), the Fleet Street Singers have received recognition from musical authorities throughout the world. 1992's 50-Minute Fun Break took home five Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), including Best Album, Best Song, and Best Original Song, while 1994's What You Want also earned its share of CARA honors, winning prizes for Best Album, Best Song, and Best Soloist. Find out more about our recordings.
In 1996, What You Want sparked a special opportunity for Fleet Street. World Champion figure skater Rudy Galindo heard the album and decided to use "Ave Maria" for his short program, giving Fleet Street its first national television audience. The group has since recorded a new song for Rudy, "The Rose," that will debut on ABC and his national tour in the coming months.
In the Spring of 1996, Fleet Street reached the finals of the National Championships of Collegiate A Cappella. Subsequent performances at New York's Lincoln Center and on NBC's Today Show helped solidify the Fleet Street Singers as American cultural icons and worldwide sex symbols.
At least that's what our parents told us.
Fleet Street went on to achieve higher levels of incredibleness (incredibility?) with the release of 2001's Fearless, and then set its goals even higher with 2004's self-titled album Fleet Street. Fleet Street's claim to fame is its status as collegiate a cappella's first all-original album: all fifteen tracks composed and arranged by the group! Groundbreaking, that is.
Indeed, Fleet Street remains committed to a continual reinvention of itself, while never forgetting its past. In this, Fleet Street truly is, and hopefully will remain, a Stanford institution.
Not unlike those bike accidents.