After winning the quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) at Clemson in January, the Cocktails made it to the semifinals (which they hosted here at USC on March 19). Who knows what’s next – maybe the Big Apple?
Hard work and the drive to win are two key ingredients to their success, and second-year finance student and Cocktails’ treasurer Allie Siville credits the Cocktails’ recent domination at Clemson to these qualities.
“I find myself laying in bed sometimes listening to the song and doing the choreography without even realizing it. It’s working the songs until they are a part of us that helped us to win,” Allie says.
Winning quarterfinals will not be the Cocktails’ only achievement this spring semester. The women are scheduled to perform on April 2 at Anderson University with some real-life idols – Street Corner Symphony, the runners-up on NBC’s television show “The Sing Off.”
“We are all huge fans of SCS, so we can’t wait to open their show and also share the stage with them for a few songs,” says fourth-year international studies student and current Cocktails president Nadia Shutkufski.
The group has even made it to the silver screen. In 2008, they were flown to Miami to compete on “America’s Got Talent.”
The Cocktails are in the works of making a second record following their 2009 debut “Happy Hour,” which featured songs such as “Say My Name,” “Like a Boy” and “Fidelity.”
Look out for their spring performance on April 22. In the meantime, you can listen to them on Facebook, YouTube (youtube.com/cocktailsacappella) or at their website (cocktailsacappella.com).
One thing’s for sure – after hearing these Cocktails sing, you will definitely leave feeling buzzed.