A cappella in tune for Gentleman's Rule

Adam Larck
Gentleman’s Rule to perform Oct. 7.

The popularity of a cappella groups like Pentatonix led a college group to go pro.

Gentleman’s Rule, which consists of former Indiana University students, performed for four years at the school as the group Straight, No Chaser.

“When it was time for graduation, we saw success as an a cappella group and said why not us,” member TJ Breen said.

The group, which sings songs from various eras, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Peoria Civic Center.

Tickets are $29, $39 or $49, and can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center box office, Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000.

Breen started singing at a young age, and had musical talent in his family.

“My mother was a music teacher. She was an opera singer back in college and out of college,” he said.

However, he also laughed as he said he wouldn’t believe 10 years ago he would be singing professionally.

“It’s always been something I did for fun,” Breen said.

Breen said the eight men in the group each has a unique voice that allows for the singing of all genres of music.

“We pride ourselves that we like to cover as many genres as possible. We’ll do anything from the Manhattans, we’re working on a Michael Jackson tune right now, all the way to Justin Timberlake and One Republic,” Breen said.

Breen’s voice is more suited for ’80s soft rock, while one member sounds like Michael Bublé and another has a contemporary pop sound.

“One of my personal favorite songs is ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ by Johnny Cash,” Breen said.

Other songs the group performs at concerts that are fan favorites are “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Drift Away” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

For Breen, the concert in Peoria is extremely exciting because he’s the only group member from Illinois.

“The audience can expect a very high energy show with a lot of laughs and a lot of music that they’ll recognize,” he said.