Mark Selects local rock band 'She Wears Teeth' to nominate for Parliamentary music competition(April 06, 2011)
Mark has today announced that he has selected local rock band ‘She Wears Teeth’ to represent the Preston constituency in the upcoming Parliamentary ‘Rock the House’ music competition.
The six-piece rock band, fronted by female vocalist Joanna Scott was chosen from local entries including, Gate 28, Shannon & Chloe, No Comment, Beyond Doubt, Next Door But One, Why Not and Iya Guys.
Band members include Phil Henderson on guitar, Matt 'BabyFace' Murphy on lead guitar, James Torevell on Bass Guitar, Lewis 'Lucy' Morville-Smith on Keyboards and Phil Kushner on drums.
Mark said: “I have been very impressed with the range and quality of song writing and original music that was put forward by bands from Preston College. It was a very difficult decision in the end to pick a band as they are all accomplished musicians who obviously work very hard to get their music to a wider audience. I wish ‘She Wears Teeth’ all the best for the competition and hope they make it to the finals in June.”
Matthew Murphy, Lead Guitarist said: “We are extremely excited to have a chance to play a big London venue in June. We were not aware that MP's were that into their indie rock music. ‘She Wears Teeth’ are clearly what the Prime Minister and Mr Hendrick need on the Terrace at Parliament. I hope we can rock their House!"
All entries will be judged by a top panel of music industry experts including: Mark Wood - UK CEO, Future Publishing, Chris Ingram, Group Publisher of Future Publishing, Paul Fletcher, Marketing Director of EMI, along with Representatives of BPI and UK Music . The panel will determine the five finalists in each category, and the shortlist will be announced by the end of May 2011. Each of the finalists will be invited to a star studded reception on the Terrace of the House of Commons where the winners will be announced on 30 June 2011.
Mike Weatherley MP, competition organiser said: “We have been deluged with entries and we’ve had good cross party support. Live music and Intellectual property is the bedrock of the future of music and I wand to raise awareness about the intellectual property rights of unsigned and up and coming musicians and live music venues.”
The prize fund includes; a winners' reception and performance at the House of Commons, the opportunity to perform live at a top music venue and two festivals this year, Yamaha gear and instruments, invaluable PR and promotional exposure, networking with top industry professionals, a master class from a top sound and lighting engineer, the opportunity to record an original CD, a music video and a photo shoot with an internationally published music photographer.
Paul Flanagan, Curriculum Manager at Preston College said: "Rock the House is a fantastic showcase opportunity for local talent to get national coverage and Mark Hendrick's support of Visual and Performing Arts in Preston, particularly in economically difficult times, is great to see. Supporting young people with talent, and helping them create work opportunities is what we do every day at Preston College, I'm sure She Wears Teeth will do Mark, the wider region and Preston proud.”