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  • Audri & Aaron Rock Win maurices' Nationwide Band Search Dubbed "Small Town Sound"

    Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:17:53

    Audri & Aaron Rock Win maurices' Nationwide Band Search Dubbed "Small Town Sound" - Audri & Aaron will perform with The Bangles at SxSW, among other prizes

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    Maurices has announced the winner of its "Small Town Sound" nationwide band search. After several months of competition, fans voted Illinois-based band Audri & Aaron through the final round and named them the hottest female-fronted band in the country. Girl power!

    Maurices, the leading small town specialty store and fashion authority with 760+ stores nationwide, created the "Small Town Sound" contest in partnership with PlayNetwork and Sonicbids.

    Formed in April 2010, this acoustic/soul/pop duo from Alton, Illinois has already found their musical niche with influences from artists such as Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat and Michael Bublé. The group consists of Audri Lucasey on lead vocals and violin, and Aaron Kellim on vocals, guitar and piano. The two teamed up while attending Lewis & Clark Community College, where they had many music and vocal performance classes together.

    "We still can't believe we won and we're so excited about the opportunities ahead," said Lucasey. "For a band that's just starting out to have the chance to perform with such iconic girl groups and record our own video is just amazing. We're so thankful to Maurices, PlayNetwork and Sonicbids for launching this competition, which will hopefully help launch our careers."

    More than 500 bands entered the competition, which ARTISTdirect.com reported on as it was taking place. The pool of bands was pared down to 50 after a round of online voting. A group of panelists including The Bangles, Chrissie Hynde and Sick Of Sarah narrowed the competition to 10 finalists who were given two weeks to create an original song based on the "Small Town Sound" theme celebrating American culture. The songs played in Maurices stores nationwide and were also posted online, where visitors had the chance to vote for their favorite, ultimately handing Audri & Aaron the top prize and awarding second and third place to Allison Gray (Los Angeles, California) and Euralea (Moline, Illinois) respectively.

    Audri & Aaron will receive several incredible opportunities to let their star power shine. They'll perform live at their local Maurices store, fly to Los Angeles to shoot a music video and record their winning song at the PlayNetwork production studio, and receive gifts from Maurices and Daisy Rock Guitars. In addition, the group will perform live with The Bangles and Sick of Sarah at a private daytime showcase hosted by Maurices during SxSW 2011 in Austin, TX. What impressive loot.

    Go here to learn more about Audri & Aaron and hear their winning song.

    Did you check out Audri & Aaron?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    01.07.11




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