Meet the Class of '15
On Saturday February 28, 2015, 50 musicians came together to meet one-on-one with industry reps and learn how to make a mark on the NE music scene! 10 RADAR Award finalists performed before judges and a packed house at The Hard Rock Cafe Boston. All of the performers rocked the house, but in the end, our judges chose three top performers to join the RADAR Class of 2015. They include: Lizzy Marella, singer-songwriter from New Hampshire, The Brazen Youth, an alternative rock duo from Connecticut, and 21st Century Fugitives, a classic rock group with a modern edge from Massachusetts.
21st Century Fugitives
21st Century Fugitives (21CF) is a young rock band, formed in 2011, with a guitar-driven, high-energy sound. Over the last couple of years, 21CF has received rave reviews. 21CF had the chance to open for Boston's DROPKICK MURPHYS at the House of Blues Boston St. Patrick's Day Weekend 2014. They also won Limelight Magazine's 2014 NE "YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR" Award. And, they were recently one of only 24 MA bands selected for NE MUSIC AWARDS' "Last Band Standing". The band features: John Lucas, vocals, Jimmy Bezreh, Guitar, Gavin Burke, Drums, Jaden Mendola, Bass, Jackson Kehoe, Keyboard.
The Brazen Youth
In the summer of 2013, sophomores Nick Lussier and Charles Dahlke of southeastern Connecticut got together and started recording their first album under the name “The Company." Six months after the release of their first album, they went on to record another one titled “Something About Broken Records." After some time off and a change of image, this duo changed their name and sound completely. Now known as “The Brazen Youth”, these two continue to bring their music to new heights.
Lizzy Marella (now using the stage name Elytta) is a singer-songwriter from New Hampshire. Currently studying music at Interlochen Arts Academy, a world-renowned arts school, Marella has been influenced by a great many rock, pop and jazz artists including The Beatles, Ingrid Michaelson, Bob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Duke Ellington and Daughter. Marella is an emerging voice on the singer-songwriter scene. At times her music is emotional and powerful. At other times, it’s light and fun. Both reflect an artist whose music belies her young age.
Thanks to all of The 2015 Finalists
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21st Century Fugitives MA; The Brazen Youth CT; CODA SKY MA; Justin Dearborn MA; Kate Diaz MA; Four Noble Truths MA; Kayla CT; Lizzy Marella NH; The October Accord MA; Hailey Ward VT.
Coda Sky is a female fronted four-member power-pop/alternative rock band. They performed to more than 12,000 students at anti-bullying events in NYC and throughout New England. They were awarded the Limelight Magazine “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” in 2013. Band Members: Rachel Neves, lead vocalist; Ian Tengler, lead guitarist and backup vocals; Cameron Roux, drummer.
Born in the suburbs of Boston, Justin Dearborn is inspired by the many artists during the teen pop explosion in the late ‘90s. Justin has been writing songs and performing since the age of ten. Sitting down at the piano, he would write and sing the lyrics to a soul-bearing ballad, or in sharp contrast, work his way through composing a synthesized, radio-friendly new demo track.
Songwriter/musician Kate Diaz moved to Boston in 2014, where she writes songs and books her own gigs. She is endorsed by Godin Guitars and Gorilla IEMs, has received national songwriting and vocal awards, and has written songs for various causes.
Four Noble Truths (FNT)
Four Noble Truths (FNT) Four Noble Truths was a Boston based alternative rock band with Cole Brightbill (Vocals, Guitar), Henry Atwell (Bass), and twins Austin Brown (Guitar) and John Brown (Drums).
Kayla is a talented singer from Milford, CT. She is currently working on projects with her team at New Haven Sound Lounge. Kayla is always working, whether its writing, singing, recording, or performing.
The October Accord
The October Accord is a pop punk band founded in 2012. From Blackstone, MA, they are composed of singer Kerri Gross, guitarist Holly Desautels, guitarist Josh Remillard, bassist Austin Eskell, and drummer Taydon Kennett.
Hailey Ward is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Williston, Vermont. She currently studies songwriting and composition at McNally Smith College of Music in Minnesota. She plays Piano, ukulele, violin, guitar, banjolele (yes it's a real instrument), and she sings. Hailey has always loved music, and pursued her passion head on since age six.