Coffee Break: Introducing Julien Neel, the Incredible One-Man Barbershop Quartet

One of the aspects of the Internet I personally appreciate the most, and that I think makes the Internet such an endlessly fascinating place, is how easy it allows for talented people to display their talents and how much more open and democratized the process for discovering talented people has become.

Enter Julien Neel.

I happened upon one of his videos earlier today and was quite impressed. You see, while at first glance it appears as if there are four people singing in the video below, you quickly realize that it is just one person – Neel – singing four different parts of a barbershop quartet.

Have a listen:

Pretty impressive, huh?

I decided to poke around Neel’s YouTube channel a bit and I found plenty of other entertaining songs he’d covered barbershop quartet style. I’m posting several of my personal favorites here for your midday enjoyment, kicking it off with a Christmas classic.

Deck the Halls


I’m Sitting On Top of the World


Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Everybody Wants to Be a Cat


In The Good Old Summertime


Come Go With Me



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  1. December 30, 2010

    He does a good job. Thanks for posting. Stay blessed…john

  2. Wendy
    January 5, 2011

    One of the reasons so many people like him (besides the music itself) is that he smiles when he sings. Smiling spreads joy! :)

  3. January 18, 2011

    Julien is amazing!! :) Happy he is having such a good reconnaissance!

  4. Kenne
    March 1, 2012

    As someone who is a barbershopper (yes we exist and meet regularly) his musical talent is quite good. Unfortunately, if the four of him were to display his talents in around the barbershop world he would be written off as old fashioned. The tone quality of his voice is akin to how the genre sounded 80 years ago. if you look up quartets from today, say Storm Front, Vocal Spectrum, and Old School, you will get an understanding of where the art form has progressed. His talent is not in question, but it does perpetuate existing stereotypes about barbershop.