Deke Sharon

Born in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8. As a child, he toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as “the father of contemporary a cappella,” he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college and subsequently spread it around the world.

As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks, the original "rock band without instruments," Deke has shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J, and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums and dozens of international tours to their name, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall. They performed the Monday Night Football theme with Hank Williams, Jr. in 2011.

Deke produces The Sing-Off worldwide (USA, the Netherlands, and China), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director, and vocal producer for Universal’s Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, starring Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson.

Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), BOCA (Best of College A Cappella Compilation), the first contemporary a cappella conferences (the A Cappella Summit), the Contemporary A Cappella League, and the professional ensemble Voasis. He is also contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide. His first book, A Cappella Arranging, was published in 2012.

He has produced dozens of award-winning a cappella albums for groups, including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs. He has created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, most recently in Just Dance Kids 2.