Australian jazz musician James Morrison referred to The Idea of North as "the best contemporary a cappella group in the country", and in 2005 the group were awarded Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards
Meg Corson (Alto) left the group between the production of The Sum Of Us and Here & Now. Naomi Crellin took her place. Trish Delaney-Brown left in early 2008 after being on maternity leave the previous year. Her stand-in Sally Cameron became a permanent member in her place.