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Barbershop Jackpot

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Youve probably seen those Iowa Lottery commercials with the Barbershop Quartet singing about the Lotterys instant-scratch games. Theyre playing throughout the state. The group is actually from this part of Iowa, with most of the groups members coming from right here in the Corridor.

Its a sound that makes you listen up. Thats the nature of a Barbershop Quartet. John Hayden, the groups lead singer, says sometimes the harmony can sound like its coming from more than just four voices.

"That's not something you can necessarily do on your own. As much as these guys think they can, we need each other, said Hayden.

But finding each other was just as lucky as, well, winning the lottery. Erik Sherard, Lee Thomson and John Hayden were getting ready to perform in a different Quartet for a gospel concert.

"The fourth gentleman who we were going to sing with had to back out at the last second unfortunately so we asked Terry to fill in on a part. that's kind of how SwitchBack was born, said Thomson.

Lee says thats where they came up with the name, because they all had to switch parts when Terry joined. They say being chosen for the Lottery Commercials has been a blast, but their love for the music and performing is more important.

"Being involved with music allows us to share music and emotions and having friends like these guys is an awesome opportunity, said Tenor Terry Blessing.

At least for now, the commercials still make these four something close to local celebrities.

Every day, ever since it started I have a new kid coming up to me saying, "Mr. Sherard, was that you on TV?" and I say, "Yes, yes it was, said Baritone Erik Sherard.

"I have a two and a half year old daughter who jumps around the living room every time she sees the commercial and it's fabulous, said Blessing.

And thats pretty lucky.
 
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