Seven Kamloops artists have entered their songs in the hunt for the top spot in the national broadcaster’s Searchlight music contest.
New artists trying to make the cut this year include The Riss Band, Nick Fast and Marcus Loveless, while The Houses (Where We Grew Up), Lauren Klein, Leon Racicot and Jeremy Androsoff try to go further than they did last year.
Notably, Madison Olds did not enter the contest this year after cracking the top 10 of the nation-wide contest last year.
The Riss Band is a husband and wife duo playing lo-fi rock and country. The couple has independently released three albums, all available on streaming platforms and online at rissband.com. Their entry this year is Ain’t Got Time.
Nick Fast grew up in Vancouver where he played drums for The Whistle Punks, a folk/country/rockabilly band. The group filed a full-length album before calling it quits as life got in the way. From there, he focused on his own songwriting, refining his work into something more soulful, like his entry, Now or Never.
Locals might remember Marcus Loveless as a musical performer at last year’s buskers festival. His track Haunted features violin and is aptly named for its haunting tone.
The Houses (Where We Grew Up) is after the spotlight again this year, submitting Two Lonely Men off their one-year-old full-length album Dying. The duo is also set to play a live show in Kamloops on Feb. 28 at Blackwell Hall in the Plaza Hotel.
Yes or No is singer-songwriter Lauren Klein’s entry this year. It’s one of 11 new tracks from the Kamloops artist off her new album Rebel, released in August and available on streaming platforms.
Leon Racicot entered the fast-based rock track Planet Earth. Racicot, who played with the Henry Small Band, also produced a video for his track once again.
Jeremy Androsoff’s avant-garde track Haunted is his second entry in the contest. Locals might know Androsoff from his Japanese music show on CFBX 92.5FM, which he has hosted since 2005.
Voting in the first round of the competition ends on Thursday, Feb. 13, and artists who make the cut will need votes once again beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 19. After a third round, the grand prize winner will be announced on CBC’s q on March 5.
To vote and to see a complete lists of artists in the competition, go online to cbc.ca/musicinteractives/searchlight.