Rifftide
is a
  • Vocal Group
  • Youtube Artist
  • Acapella Group
  • Original Artist

that combines tight harmonies, crisp choreography, and unique concepts to create fun and engaging videos and performances.

Meet the Members!

Isaac

Baritone
2016 - Current

Isaac McDougal has directed the group since 2017. In addition to be a sexy beast, he is a smart Master's student who splits his time between delivering powerful vocals and piercing rap lines. Isaac is known as the dancing machine of the group, and is the undisputed hip-shaking king.

Director

Main Dancer

Lead Vocalist

Main Rapper

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Cara

Mezzo-Soprano
2017 - Current

Cara Nickels is Rifftide's hidden star. She loves to read, work at the library, and study English. But once she steps in front of a camera or on a stage she transforms into a sassy mermaid superstar, shining bright in her teal sequins showering the audience with her powerful vocals and dancing.

Main Vocalist

Lead Dancer

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Sam

Vocal Percussion
2018 - Current

In addition to providing slick beats to structure the group's flow, Sam Hepworth has been the Vice President since 2019, assisting Isaac in the group's management, and communicated with all the artists in the Hymn of Christmas video. He is the undisputed king of Smash Bros, and ladies he's available.

VP

Lead Dancer

Lead Rapper

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Johnnie

Bass
2018 - Current

W.R.Jonathan Johnson is a sophisticated symbol of grace. His rich booming bass notes provide a strong foundation for the group, and his witty quips never fail to put a smile on their faces. He has been the official toastmaster for the group since early 2019. Sorry ladies, he's taken.

Main Bassline

Lead Visual

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Laurel

Contralto
2018 - Current

Laurel Scott rode into the scene on her signature red motorcycle, ready to take on any challenge. Her smooth and steady vocals cover a wide range, sometimes lower than Nathan. She is the Da Vincian artist behind the Halloween makeups and the Vice President for visual aspects. She is still the shortest member of the group, but has enough personality and love to fill 10 NBA players. Dont worry fellas, she's single.

Visuals VP

Main Vocalist

Supporting Dancer

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Ashley

Alto
2020 - Current

Ashley Hale is a glowing ray of sunshine. Her velvet vocals and gleaming smile caught everyone's eye immediately, leading her to be first member to join in 2020. She released her own single "Maybe You're Mine" before joining. Watch out, her smile is more contageous than any virus.

Main Vocalist

Supporting Dancer

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Nathan

Tenor
2020 - Current

Nathan Mozer parasailed down to the group by chance, but immediately made a lasting impression. He is a self proclaimed "Lover of things, doer of stuff". He may be the oldest member of the group, but he hits high harmonies better than anyone else, and his youthfulness radiates profusely while he rides his skateboard to rehearsal. Ladies, I have no idea if he's single.

Main Vocalist

Supporting Dancer

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Previous Members:
2019 - 2020
Members (Left to Right)

Laurel Scott

Zach Boyce

Loryn Norton

Sam Hepworth

Cara Nickels

Isaac McDougal

Bri Ellis

Johnnie Johnson


2018 - 2019
Members (Left to Right)

Cara Nickels

Bri Ellis

Johnnie Johnson

Zach Boyce

Isaac McDougal

Brennan Butikofer

Sam Hepworth

Emily Grether


Notable Events:

Dream (Music Video)

Just Evacuate (Music Video)

ICCA Semifinalists

Rifftide In Concert

Living Room Sessions

Spring 2018
Members (Left to Right)

Jordan Alton

Brennan Butikofer

Zach Boyce

Arielle DeJesus

Isaac McDougal

Cara Nickels

Caden Hobson


Notable Events:

BYU A Cappella Jam

BYU Riff-Off

Fall 2017
Members (Left to Right)

Zach Boyce

Cara Nickels

Isaac McDougal

NataLee Hawkins

Jordan Alton

Brennan Butikofer

Nate Hicken


Notable Events:

What Child Is This? (Music Video)

Move Along (Music Video)

Best of BYU Acapella CD

Feed the World Concert

BYU A Cappella Jam

Spring 2017
Members (Left to Right)

Mark Hanson

Nate Hicken

Rachel Turner

Rebekah Gabbitas

Isaac McDougal

Emily Grether

Ethan Walch

Jordan Alton

LaurieAnn Clark


Notable Events:

Keep Flying Bravely (Lyric Video)

BYU A Cappella Jam

Fall 2016
Members (Left to Right)

Rachel Turner

Ethan Walch

NataLee Hawkins

Johnny Alan Price

Mark Hanson

Rebekah Gabbitas

LaurieAnn Clark

Isaac McDougal

Jordan Alton


Notable Events:

Sing! (Music Video)

Best of BYU A Cappella CD

BYU A Cappella Jam


Previous Members:
2019 - 2020
Members (Left to Right)

Laurel Scott

Zach Boyce

Loryn Norton

Sam Hepworth

Cara Nickels

Isaac McDougal

Bri Ellis

Johnnie Johnson


2018 - 2019
Members (Left to Right)

Cara Nickels

Bri Ellis

Johnnie Johnson

Zach Boyce

Isaac McDougal

Brennan Butikofer

Sam Hepworth

Emily Grether


Notable Events:

Dream (Music Video)

Just Evacuate (Music Video)

ICCA Semifinalists

Rifftide In Concert

Living Room Sessions

Spring 2018
Members (Left to Right)

Jordan Alton

Brennan Butikofer

Zach Boyce

Arielle DeJesus

Isaac McDougal

Cara Nickels

Caden Hobson


Notable Events:

BYU A Cappella Jam

BYU Riff-Off

Fall 2017
Members (Left to Right)

Zach Boyce

Cara Nickels

Isaac McDougal

NataLee Hawkins

Jordan Alton

Brennan Butikofer

Nate Hicken


Notable Events:

What Child Is This? (Music Video)

Move Along (Music Video)

Best of BYU Acapella CD

Feed the World Concert

BYU A Cappella Jam

Spring 2017
Members (Left to Right)

Mark Hanson

Nate Hicken

Rachel Turner

Rebekah Gabbitas

Isaac McDougal

Emily Grether

Ethan Walch

Jordan Alton

LaurieAnn Clark


Notable Events:

Keep Flying Bravely (Lyric Video)

BYU A Cappella Jam

Fall 2016
Members (Left to Right)

Rachel Turner

Ethan Walch

NataLee Hawkins

Johnny Alan Price

Mark Hanson

Rebekah Gabbitas

LaurieAnn Clark

Isaac McDougal

Jordan Alton


Notable Events:

Sing! (Music Video)

Best of BYU A Cappella CD

BYU A Cappella Jam

Our Story
   It all started fall semseter of 2016 when two BYU Students, NataLee Hawkins and Johnny Price teamed up to start a new collegiate a cappella group named “Riff Tide”. They joined the Brigham Young University A Cappella club, auditioning 6 singers to join the group, but were left with no percussionist.

  Just a week after the group was formed, NataLee walked through campus and happened upon a student beatboxing on his way to class. She stopped him and asked him to audition, and just a few days later Jordan Alton joined the group as the official percussionist. Riff Tide practiced hard their first semester and were invited to perform in the BYU A Cappella club’s exclusive semi-annual Jam. They also were selected to be recorded for the Best Of BYU A Cappella CD.

  The following semester, alto LaurieAnn Clark and Jordan directed the group while the founding directors left for other pursuits. Again, this new group were selected to perform in the Club’s jam. That semester they also released their first music video “Sing!” which was received with much acclaim and helped solidify the group’s online presence. The group took a hiatus from performing the following summer., but released a lyric video for “Keep Flying Bravely” an original mashup written by Jordan that July.

  Entering the next school year, the group came back with only 4 remaining members, including the return of founder NataLee. With such a large loss of personnel, the group decided to cut it’s membership down to just 7, with no doubling of parts. Isaac McDougal, baritone in the original group, replaced Laurie and Jordan as the new group director.

  After auditioning for the remaining 3 parts, Rifftide got to work. Through their efforts the group started to grow rapidly. In addition to several other performances, that semester they hosted their very first concert, entitled “Feed The World”. They invited local groups to perform alongside them to raise food for local shelters and money for the Miracle Network Children’s Hospitals. The concert had a full house, including several audience members sitting in overflow sections. They also released two more music videos, both Christmas themed. Their “What Child Is This” video was accepted with similar acclaim to “Sing!”

  The next semester things only got better. In just a year, Rifftide’s online following continued to grow, passing several of their fellow collegiate groups. The group performed at several other concerts, and their cover of “Move Along” was selected for the Best of BYU A Cappella 2018 CD, and an accompanying music video was released a few months later.

  On April 11th at the BYU A Cappella Jam, Rifftide announced that they would be leaving the BYU A Cappella club and continuing as an independent group, leaving behind a legacy. To date they are one of the only groups to be invited to perform in every A Cappella Jam during their existence, and to be featured on every Best of BYU A Cappella CD while part of the club.

  After leaving BYU, Rifftide added an additional alto, increasing the group membership to 8. They have continued to grow and release new music, including the song and video "Dream". Rifftide hosted their first solo concert in March of 2018 and were semifinalists in the ICCA competition that same month. They filmed a new Music Video in April of that year, and in September released "Just Evacuate".

  During the second year as an independent A Cappella group, Rifftide coordinated a christmas video featuring 13 artists titled "Hymn of Christmas", performed for the Hogle Zoo at their "BooLights" and "ZooLights" events, and competed in the quarterfinals of the ICCA competition.

  Starting in April of 2020, Rifftide decided to rebrand from "Rifftide Acapella" to just "Rifftide", switching their emphasis from performing cover songs to releasing original music. The first original song, "Keep You With Me" was released April 25th.

  Rifftide continues to create music videos and execute live performances. They anticipate releasing another video in the Fall of 2020.

  Stay tuned for more, this group's future is as bright as their shiny teal outfits.