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– Free Range A Cappella Music

NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, classical and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls around the country. Its members have performed across North America with theatrical tours, graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO.

With repertoire ranging from classics by Manhattan Transfer and the Gaither Vocal Band to surprising treatments of Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift, No Promises has delighted audiences at concert series throughout the region.

This summer, NO PROMISES released their second studio album, All Wet, a ten-track disc featuring favorites of pop music from the 60s to radio hits of today. Featuring NO PROMISES’ trademark harmonies and soaring lead vocals, nostalgic interpretations of tunes like the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and Ambrosia’s “You’re The Biggest Part of Me” with more ambitious arrangements such as a vocal jazz version of Blondie’s “Call Me” and a mashup of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off with The Four Season’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

The ensemble’s annual Christmas tours are stocking-stuffed with jazz and pop arrangements of beloved holiday favorites. Ten such tinselly tunes are featured on the group’s 2016 debut album, A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS, including Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and the cherished ballad “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Both albums are available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify and other digital distributors.

No Promises is led by tenor and arranger Joshua Steele, who founded the ensemble in 2015 with high school chum David Baum; the pair sang together in a strolling barbershop quartet at Cincinnati’s Kings Island theme park. Baum went on to a sparkling stage and screen career in New York City, including the Broadway productions of A CHORUS LINE and MARY POPPINS, and has since returned to the area as a practicing clinical psychologist. No Promises debuted with a 2015 Christmas tour, highlighted by a capacity crowd of 1,200 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in northern Cincinnati. Quickly assembling a docket of performances including concert series, festivals, weddings, school performances and clubs, No Promises has developed an indelible sound, a dynamic repertoire, and a unique repartee that ensures an entertaining and memorable experience.


Joshua Steele, tenor Charlie Harper, tenor / baritone Adam Wheeler, tenor
David Baum, baritone Jeff Grooms, baritone / bass Matt Croy, bass
with current special guests: Noah Berry, tenor Ken Holdt, baritone


“The Christmas concerts have been wonderful here at our parish! No Promises offers a unique blend and playlist in the a cappella genre. Highly recommended!”
Rick Hagee, Music Director, Community of the Good Shepherd

“Not only are all of the members top-notch musicians and singers, the have a great rapport with the audience. They are not to be missed!”
Steve Milloy, Music on the Avenue Concert Series, Music Director, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus

“No Promises’ laser-sharp harmonics and brilliant musicianship offer a lively, entertaining and memorable listening experience. Their wide range of repertoire promises something for every taste, and they deliver their exceptional sounds with precision, nuance, and a sublime sense of humor. Don’t miss an opportunity to catch this ensemble live!”
Nancy Nolan, Montgomery Arts Council

“We had the privilege of hosting No Promises for a special Christmas outreach event. The music was stunning, the members of the group are engaging and delightful in their presentation. We hadn’t anticipated the response of the community; we ended up with an overflow crowd exceeding all expectations. We are looking forward to the 2017 Christmas Concert outreach event with No Promises this December.”
Rev. John T. Schlicher, Senior Pastor St. Andrew United Methodist Church

“No Promises Vocal Band delivered a stellar evening of entertainment to CCM’s Summer Arts Immersion students.  The performance was like a master class in song performance, as well as the life lesson that making music with your friends can be a life-long pursuit. If a school were looking to bolster a vocal program, or start an a cappella program, a performance such as this could be a great interest-builder. If your school already has begun an a cappella program, and would like to share the stage with an established group, this could be the perfect ticket.”
Rebecca Childs, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Preparatory & Community Engagement


No Promises Vocal Band Educational & Outreach:

NO PROMISES is available for school performances and ensemble workshops for high school and college students. Including a college voice instructor and a professional coach with Broadway credits, No Promises is well equipped to work with developing voices in solo and ensemble formats. They are happy to include special content and workshop opportunities for high school and college a cappella groups on the art of a cappella music in concert.

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