The Gregory Brothers
The Gregory Brothers at the 2nd Streamy Awards
(l-r: Andrew, Michael, Sarah, Evan)
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Labels||Gregory Residence Records|
The Gregory Brothers are an American musical quartet, specializing in comedy music and pitch correction through their YouTube channel Schmoyoho , who have characterized their music as "Country & Soul, Folk & Roll".
They are best known for their creation of musical viral videos, most notably the "Winning" song that won a 2012 Comedy Award, as well as the Songify the News series (formerly known as Auto-Tune the News) and the "Bed Intruder Song" that received over 141 million YouTube views and entered the Billboard Hot 100.
The three Gregory brothers - drummer/keyboardist Michael, guitarist/bassist Andrew Rose and keyboardist Evan - originally from Radford, Virginia, moved to Brooklyn, New York in the mid-2000s and met guitarist/bassist Sarah Fullen (who married Evan in 2009) in the local music scene. The band was formed in 2007, with all four members providing vocals, often accompanying "songified" individuals.
After 10 years of activity, having earned the most views by songifying the likes of Antoine Dodson, Charlie Sheen, Paul Vasquez and Daymon Patterson, their Schmoyoho channel reached three million subscribers in March 2017. In commemoration, the Gregory Brothers released a "mega-mashup" of their work, in which they outlined their main goal of eliciting "the maximum amount of happiness for the maximum amount of time".
The Gregory Brothers (using the YouTube username 'schmoyoho') first became well known for a series of YouTube videos, Auto-Tune the News (rebranded in 2011 as Songify the News), in which recorded voices of politicians, news anchors, and political pundits were digitally manipulated to conform to a melody, making the figures appear to sing.
National television networks featured the Gregory Brothers' early political satires in the spring of 2009, but the group did not achieve mainstream recognition until the summer of 2010, when they released episode 12b of Auto-Tune the News, titled "Bed Intruder Song," which featured excerpts from an interview with alleged crime victims Kelly Dodson and her brother, Antoine Dodson, was viewed approximately 50 million times during its first six months online, making it the most-viewed YouTube video of 2010 (excluding major label music videos), and currently has more than 100 million views.
Largely non-political in content, it marked a departure from the Gregory Brothers' roots in political material. Following the mainstream success of that music video, the Gregory Brothers have generally produced a mixture of both political and non-political videos.
The band is best known for the Auto-Tune and Songify series, they have created several additional videos, independent of that series, which have received broad attention. The following videos are part of their first season of Auto-Tune the News for 16 episodes.
The Gregory Brothers began to retroactively apply the series name "Songify This" to certain previously series-independent videos in late 2010, and they have released a number of new videos under this branding as well. The table above reflects the new "Songify This" branding where applicable.
The Gregory Brothers created a musical segment for the 83rd Academy Awards where they auto-tuned bits of 4 major motion pictures from 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Host James Franco comically introduced the segment as a tribute to a "great year for the movie musical." Characters who were autotuned included Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Sheriff Woody, Sean Parker, and Edward Cullen. On July 14, 2011 it was announced that this segment earned The Gregory Brothers a nomination for a 2011 Emmy award in the category "Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing." Only Michael and Evan are nominated as there is a two-person nomination limit in this category.
While only those four aired, an alternative cut was released on the official 2011 Grammy Awards YouTube channel on February 27, 2011, featuring an auto-tuned version of The King's Speech in place of The Social Network.
In July 2010, the Gregory Brothers released an auto-tuned version of the Double Rainbow viral video. The original video featured the overawed reaction of Paul "Hungry Bear" Vasquez to a double rainbow at Yosemite National Park. The Gregory Brothers turned Vasquez's astounded speech into a song and pledged all of the song's earnings to Vasquez and Yosemite.
As of February 12, 2018 the Gregory Brothers' auto-tuned remix had received over 39 million views.
The Welcome Wagon is a project headed by Presbyterian minister Vito Aiuto and his wife, Monique. The Gregory Brothers often perform live with Sarah Gregory's band The Stanleys. The group was commissioned to compose the theme song for the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was based on their "Bed Intruder Song".
Song Voyage (a play-on-words on "bon voyage") is a The Station web series starring the four Gregory Brothers, who are also co-creators and co-producers along with Portal A Interactive. Directed by Dan Eckman, the comedy travel series features the Gregory Brothers visiting nations in the Asia-Pacific region and collaborating with local musicians to create original novelty songs. It has been described as "a musical twist on an Anthony Bourdain show." The series premiered on Sling TV, after which episodes began being released on the Gregory Brothers' second YouTube channel in December 2016, while music videos from within each episode were also released on the main Schmoyoho channel.
|1||Vietnam||"Confidence (How to Suck but Make People Think You Are Great)"||Suboi & Kimmese||14 December 2016|
|2||South Korea||"Penguin On Me (Autocorrect Love Song)"||LeeSA||28 December 2016|
|3||Mongolia||"I'm a Death Worm"||Hosoo||11 January 2017|
|4||Japan||"Chicken Attack"||Takeo Ishii||25 January 2017|
|5||Australia||"Didgeridoin' It Right"||David Hudson||8 February 2017|
|6||Philippines||"Reggae Alibi"||Jeck Pilpil & Peacepipe||22 February 2017|
The group released their first EP, Meet the Gregory Brothers!, on May 29, 2009.Village Voice music writer Ben Westhoff characterized the effort as "a lounge-y, refreshingly sincere slice of blue-eyed soul", and Jake Frazier of PopSense praised the work, claiming that it "[brought] more to the table than the other 1000+ songs [in his music library]". Westhoff opined that "unfortunately, many of the Brothers' new fans have no patience for anything that's not Auto-Tune the News", though the group itself takes a broader view of its fans' tastes, believing that "there will definitely be some fans who found us through our videos, and who will be disappointed when they hear our records and they're not a bunch of hip-hop political parodies…[but] most people get that we are capable of creating music in different styles, and can appreciate our folky soul jams for what they are."
Contributing musicians on the album include Doug Hulin (bass) and Justin Keller (saxophone). The album was recorded at the Mission Sound Recording facility in Brooklyn, New York, and was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zach McNees. The recording was mastered by Ricardo Gutierrez. The cover art photographer was Denny Renshaw, and Morgan King, founder of Yer Bird Records, is credited with its design.
|Meet the Gregory Brothers!|
|1.||"Cry Cry Cry"||4:07|
|2.||"Butter on My Roll"||3:37|
|3.||"West Coast Time"||5:21|
|5.||"Do You Think?"||4:11|
While many of the Gregory Brothers' Songify singles are published through YouTube, their music videos of candidates during United States presidential elections were also released as albums in 2012 and 2016. These were created by songifying audio from presidential debates and media appearances. The Atlantic's Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg described the 2012 debate tracks as "surprisingly polished, if not as hilarious as their big hits." Noah Houghton of The Harvard Crimson applauded the quality and novelty of the 2016 album, adding that "the production on every song in the album is great without exception."
|Election 2012 Songified|
|1.||"Debate Highlights Songified"||1:48|
|2.||"VP Debate Highlights Songified"||2:46|
|3.||"Town Hall Debate (feat. Ed Bassmaster)"||2:19|
|4.||"Final Debate Songified"||2:28|
|Songify the Election: 2016|
|1.||"Call Sean Hannity (feat. Blondie)"||2:04|
|2.||"If Donald Trump Had Said All the Things That You've Said He Said"||1:59|
|3.||"Who's Gonna Work it Out (feat. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)"||3:09|
|4.||"Bad Hombres, Nasty Women Mix (feat. "Weird Al" Yankovic)"||2:52|
|5.||"We Need Brain"||3:30|
|7.||"Feel the Bern Final"||1:22|
|8.||"Trump Goes Hard"||1:49|
|9.||"What's Going On (Leave Tom Brady Alone)"||2:24|
|10.||"Me & Bernie, Bernie & Me"||2:23|
A series of covers of popular songs were arranged, performed and shared by the Gregory Brothers through Vine, Facebook and YouTube. Somewhat uniquely, these covers switched the key of the song between major and minor, giving otherwise happy songs a melancholy tone while sad songs sounded more joyful. In March 2014, and again in September 2016, the Gregory Brothers released compilation albums of some such covers.
|Happy Sad Songs and Sad Happy Songs - EP (2014)|
|3.||"All of Me"||0:37|
|5.||"Empire State of Mind"||0:25|
|Happy Sad Songs, Vol. 2 (2016)|
|2.||"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"||2:14|
|5.||"Never Gonna Give You Up"||1:18|
|6.||"Can't Stop the Feeling"||2:39|
|8.||"Shut up and Dance"||1:43|
|11.||"Circle of Life"||2:18|
|13.||"Stairway to Heaven"||2:33|
In November 2016, the Gregory Brothers collaborated with Jon Jafari (aka JonTron) and created a comedy album entitled Love Is Like Drugs. The album managed to reach number two on the Billboard chart of comedy albums of the week of November 26.
|Love Is Like Drugs (2016)|
|5.||"Milk Thug (feat. Sarah Gregory)"||3:02|
|6.||"Being In Love Is Like Being On Drugs"||2:41|
|7.||"Perfect 10 (but only on IGN)"||0:50|
|8.||"Fever Dreams (Variation on Marshmallow Clouds)"||1:04|
A Christmas album, featuring original music and upbeat covers of popular Christmas and winter songs performed by The Gregory Brothers, debuted on November 15th, 2018. The album was released in both standard and deluxe editions. The group announced that a public live stream of the album will premiere on December 6th, 2018.
|Sleigh Ride / Fireside|
|1.||"O Come, All Ye Faithful"||3:39|
|2.||"I Don't Want Anything For Christmas"||3:27|
|3.||"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"||3:23|
|4.||"Those Traditions We Do"||2:46|
|5.||"Auld Lang Syne"||2:37|
|6.||"Go Tell It On The Mountain"||5:22|
|7.||"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"||5:42|
|8.||"What Are You Doing New Years Eve"||3:59|
|9.||"New Years Eve"||3:06|
|11.||"Christmas In Prison"||4:09|
|12.||"Still, Still, Still"||2:55|
|Sleigh Ride / Fireside (Deluxe Explicit)|
|13.||"Cold As Hell"||3:25|
|15.||"The Friendly Beasts"||3:39|