Executive Musical Director
In his tenure as director of Vocal Majority, Jim Clancy has built an international reputation as composer, arranger, conductor, clinician and vocalist. Jim has conducted the Chorus in performances throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland and England, and before three United States Presidents, at national athletic events, with major symphony orchestras, and before hundreds of national conventions. As the record setting twelve-time Gold Medal International Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the reputation of Vocal Majority is a sharp reflection of the man who has served as its primary director for almost 40 years. Jim Clancy is often called upon as a coach with national and international choral groups, having directed multiple concerts for the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He has understudied American greats such as Fred Waring, Madeleine Marshall, Paris Rutherford, Martha Moore Clancy, Warren Angell, and B.B. McKinney in addition to pursuing academic work at Baylor University, Centenary College, and the University of North Texas.
Jim is known throughout the recording industry as America’s most recorded bass singer in jingles and commercials on radio and television. His discography with Vocal Majority includes 25 albums of popular, jazz, classic, barbershop, and inspirational music and a DVD, A Vocal Majority Christmas, released in 2003. As a guest conductor with the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Clancy combined the Utah ensemble with The Vocal Majority in a joint album, Voices In Harmony, for CBS Masterworks. He has also performed on stage with many artists including Jimmy Dean, Bob Flanigan, The Four Freshmen, John Gary, Lee Greenwood, The Lettermen, Johnny Mann, The Oak Ridge Boys, and the Suntones.
In October 2000, Clancy was honored by the Barbershop Harmony Society Southwestern District when a new Chorus Champion trophy was unveiled and named in his honor as the Jim Clancy Chorus Champion Award. In 2005, Jim Clancy was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame. In 2017, Jim was awarded the SING! Texas Legacy Award.
As primary arranger for Vocal Majority, Jim Clancy has shaped its rich harmonies and distinctively elegant sounds in his years as its director.
Once-upon-a-time Greg Clancy was known as that 12 year-old kid in the center spot of the Vocal Majority's front line. Even though he was surrounded by a hundred guys, he still was the “show-stealer.” Inevitably it was intriguing back then to ponder whether or not he could carry that “specialness” forward as he grew older.
Well, look at him now: more Gold Medals than anybody else in Barbershop Harmony Society history! Eleven of them as a performing Vocal Majority singer, one as the Musical Director of Vocal Majority in 2014, and then yet another Gold earned as a Champion quartet tenor. Clearly his “specialness” has been comfortably carried forward through the years.
Greg has served as Vocal Majority’s Tenor section leader, Lead leader, Assistant Director, Associate Director, Creative Director and now Musical Director.
He sang tenor in “Class of the 80’s,” “Gatsby,” and filling-in with “Dealer’s Choice,” among others. But everybody’s favorite is “Max Q,” which took the very top Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Championship honor in 2007.
Meanwhile, Greg has continued to share his skills to personally inspire others, even direct competitors such as the Ambassadors of Harmony, Masters of Harmony, Toronto Northern Lights, and Chicago’s Northbrook Chorus, to reach for their goals and dreams.
He has been a first-call studio vocalist, jingle singer and composer of image music, for some 25 years. He is now GM/VP Creative for TM Studios, the world’s most preeminent radio music production house. At TM, a division of WestwoodOne, Greg composes imaging music for stations around the country including KABC in Los Angeles, WMAL in Washington, D.C. and WLS in Chicago.
In Dallas-Fort Worth, Greg’s music is heard branding stations KVIL, KRLD, KLUV and others. He has also composed many local retail jingle campaigns for area businesses. Greg also sings in and produces most of the vocal sessions taking place at TM.