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The Blenders

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The Blenders' early recordings were completely a-cappella; “Totally Whipped” (1992) and “From the Mouth” (1994) and were instant classics among their ardent a-cappella fans.   “The Blenders” (1995), was their first stab at radio "pop" that featured instrumental production with their harmonies, and got them signed to their first record deal with Musicland's Orchard Lane Records.  In 1997, The Blenders released their first Christmas album entitled “Nog", which is a favorite among their fans and features the group’s unmistakable, smooth vocal harmonies.  

The Blenders found international success with their first-ever major-label release, “Loveland” (1999) on Universal Records. They hit number one in a handful of European countries with a remake of the quirky song, “(I am in Love with the) McDonald’s Girl.” In 2011 and 2012, their version of the song was used in a national TV and radio commercial for McDonald's.

After a year hiatus that began at the end of 2000, The Blenders returned to the scene in 2002 with a new Christmas album entitled “When it Snows”. With an enormously successful holiday concert tour to support it, the album quickly found its way onto the Billboard charts within a few weeks of hitting the stores.  Other successful Christmas titles followed including, "Most Wonderful Time" and "Christmas Light".   

“Song from the Soul”, their 11th CD release in 2006 was The Blenders’ first non-holiday CD released in 8 years, followed up in 2008 by “Songs from the Soul: Vol. II.”  In 2014, the Blender celebrated their 25th Anniversary adding a 6-song EP to their collection entitled simply, “25”.  In 2015, after over two and a half decades of touring and recording, The Blenders were inducted into The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Often described as, "One of America's best-kept vocal secrets", The Blenders continue to record and tour the country, delighting their audiences with their signature vocal sound.