Tuesday, February 19, 2013
After receiving nearly 40 talented entries, the winner of Young & Free Maine's Second Annual Sound Off Competition was decided at a live audition on February 15 at Main Street Studios in Bangor. Skosh was awarded the grand prize, with One Shot Nothing and Lauren Crosby coming in as 1st and 2nd runners up.
From January 4 to January 28, Young & Free Maine invited musicians ages 18-25 to submit an audio or video recording of them singing or performing original music to a special page on the Young & Free Maine website, YoungFreeMaine.com. From January 29 to February 7, the public voted to choose the top 5 artists and/or bands!
The top 5 artists and bands that competed in the live audition were (in alphabetical order): Anna Pillsbury, Lauren Crosby, One Shot Nothing, Skosh and The Factory.
These musicians performed in front of a panel of industry professionals and a special Young & Free guest judge who determined the Grand Prize winner, as well as the first and second runners up.
Skosh received a package that consists of a full day recording session at Main Street Studio, Bangor. The Grand Prize winner will also be awarded a spot to perform live on a main stage venue at the KahBang music festival, held in August 2013. Prizes will also be awarded to the 1st and 2nd runners up.
Formed in 2008, Skosh is a five piece Rock/Funk/Alternative Country band from Buckfield, Maine. They are comprised of Jedidiah Allen on drums and vocals, Elijah Allen on bass and backing vocals Tyler Russell on guitar and backing vocals, Samuel Berce on guitar and backing vocals, and Peter Richard on saxophone. Skosh is currently wrapping production on their debut album, a thirteen track self-titled release scheduled to drop in 2013.
Young & Free Maine includes a financial headstart with the Free4ME Account, designed with 18 to 25 year olds in mind. Maine is the only New England state to offer this program, which has proven successful in connecting with Gen Y in regions throughout North America. For more information, visit www.YoungFreeMaine.com.