‘America’s Got Talent’ on NBC: Who are Maytree? Korean acapella group’s viral video has over 246M views
Korean acapella group Maytree is all set to perform in Season 17 of NBC’s iconic reality show ‘America’s Got Talent’. The quirky musical group achieved fame after producing a series of videos on YouTube mimicking the sound effects used on computers and mobile phones. These videos became a worldwide sensation generating millions of views on TikTok.
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Who is Maytree?
Maytree has five members namely SI, (Jang Sang-in), the leader in charge of ensuring vocal perfection, soprano Erika (Im Soo-yeon), alto Soo (Kang Su-gyeong), tenor Hoony (Kwon Yeong-hoon) and bass Kim Won-jong. Since forming in 2000, the group has garnered many coveted awards at international competitions including the Asian group category at an international acapella competition in Taiwan from 2010-11. In 2012, Maytree won the Gold Diploma at Vokal.total, an annual international acapella competition in Graz, Austria, showing its world-class skills in the jazz and pop categories, and placed second at a 2018 international acapella festival in Moscow.
In an interview with Korea.net dated July 2021, SI opened up on how their producer suggested starting something quirky and new during the pandemic. SI said, “Our producer suggested that instead of doing extremely obvious things, we try something new such as making the sounds of (Microsoft) Windows or phones ringing. After COVID-19 broke out, we had more time for this new endeavor since all of our offline concerts and schedule were canceled.”
Talking about the uniqueness of their acapella music, Soo added, “When we make regular acapella music, many still wonder how such sounds come from the human mouth. We wanted to raise that sense of amazement and thus produced sounds heard in everyday life.”
SI shared, “The world's oldest musical instrument is the human voice. I think that the music produced by the human voice has an irresistible charm thanks to the warmth and love within human DNA. We thought that foreigners who love Korea might miss hearing phone ringtones in the subway or the sounds of when arriving at a transfer subway station.”
Maytree's most viral video is for their cover of the original theme of Netflix’s hit series ‘Squid Game’ in their quirky acapella style. The video has over 247 million views on YouTube.
According to Maytree's YouTube channel, their viral videos include ‘Stranger Things’ Running Up That Hill' acapella cover, streaming services sound effect acapella cover, 'Stranger Things' theme music acapella cover and so on.
Maytree on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 17
The makers have not revealed any glimpse of Maytree's performance on social media for fans yet.
‘America's Got Talent’ Season 17 airs every Tuesday at 8 pm ET on NBC. Viewers without cable can use streaming services like Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV or YouTube TV to catch the show.