2014 AMPED Music Contest - Meet the Semifinalists

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Get ready to vote in Round 2 in 2014’s AMPED: The Augusta Chronicle Music Contest! Twenty-five entries of original music have been narrowed down to the following 12 semifinalists (in random order). Voting in the semifinal round will be open from Aug. 11-25. Six acts, three chosen by popular vote and three critics’ picks, will move on to the finals. The six finalists will perform at the Official AMPED Preview Show at Sky City and on stage at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival in September. So get ready to vote for your favorites at augustachronicle.com/amped.
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Hound of Goshen - "Cordoba"
Named after a 150-year-old legend out of South Carolina, Hound of Goshen was formed by mature musicians who had all recently parted with the sound and fury of loud rock bands. Focused on the idea of slowing down, getting quiet and paying close attention to acoustic songcraft, the result is a blend of folk, Americana and country that doesn’t attempt to hide its rock and roll heart.
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Ca$h BledSoe – "Baby Says Bling’s the Thing"
Augusta’s own manufactured rock icon, the shadowy figure known as Ca$h Bled$oe insists he’s a 1982 graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, a former used car salesman and occasional preacher and that he was called to Augusta and music ‘for the children’.
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Coriander Blue – "Carolina"
Coriander Blue is a country band influenced by the sounds of rock, soul and blues. Formed in February 2014 as a solo project by Brian Pinkston, it wasn’t long before Coriander Blue officially became a duo with the inclusion of singer Donna Jo Carroll. The act’s stated goal -- to continue to make heartfelt music to share with its fans.
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Chris Hardy – "Distractified"
Chris Hardy came to Augusta in 1983 as a percussionist in the 434th Army Band at Fort Gordon and went on to play in the Augusta acts the Deadbolts, Nervous Boy, Sylvia’s Advice and Lamont. In 2009, he switched from 6-string guitar to the 4-stringed piccolo bass. Currently, Chris is a solo performer and can be seen frequently around downtown Augusta with his “4-stringed little friend” playing original songs from his three solo albums as well as classic rock covers. He returns to AMPED after competing as one of the six finalists in 2013.
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Cayla Madison – "Lullabye"
Cayla Madison is a 15-year-old student from Columbia, S.C., who loves to sing and write music. She spent a year writing and recording music for "Light Years Apart," her first EP. It was released on iTunes in February.
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The Vellotones – "Lace Dress"
The Vellotones have been playing the local music scene since 1996. The band put out an original CD in 2003 and filmed a music video at the Soul Bar. In 2009, Dr. Jack Rigg and George Croft joined the Vellotones. More recently, singer Shannon Bonham and bass player Preston Roman joined the Vellotone ranks. The band continues to play bars, benefits and backyard gigs with its distinctive blend of R&B, blues and rock.
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Bill Scoggins – "I’m Going to Kentucky"
Bill Scoggins began his musical life in high school, jamming to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath in his living room. Later, he played in the seminal Augusta act the Fungos before moving to Nashville in 1985 and later Athens, Ga., to try his hand at music journalism. Other projects have included the string band Squeal Like a Pig and Willie and the Hand Factory. He currently performs with the punk band Ernest T Bastards.
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She N She – "Deeper Shade of Blue"
Built around the unlikely amalgamation of Laurel Canyon folk rock and Southern boogie, Augusta act She N She return to AMPED this year after a second place finish in the 2013 event. The band, formed by songwriters Brandy Douglas and Drea Suarez, build their music around a foundation of vocal harmonies, innovative arrangement and the belief that substance, not style, is the most important of musical ingredients. She N She performs regularly throughout the Southeast and is working on its third full-length release.
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LUV – "Movement"
Kendra Clay (also known as LUV) is a neo-soul artist from Augusta, Ga. A seasoned singer and songwriter, Kendra released a demo in 2011 featuring the songs “Your Love” and “Can’t Allow”. She followed with the 2012 mixtape "No Games."
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Dewayne Brock – "5 Years + 1 Day"
Dewayne Brock grew up listening to outlaw country music and at a young age found himself, as a musician, drawn to Rockabilly and blues. He can currently be seen playing around the Augusta area in the cow-punk outfit the Gin Jockeys and his solo blues incarnation Rosco Slaven.
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Livingroom Legends - "Got Your Love"
Livingroom Legends are an Americana band from Georgia. A long-time Augusta music fixture, the Legends were founded nearly 15 years ago by Ken and Mindy Stephens, and focus on tight songwriting and harmony. The band, which also includes Steve Allen (drums), David Neches (keys) and Chris Livingston (guitar) just finished recording their third full-length album, an album entitled, simply “Livingroom Legends”.
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Passionate - "It's a Good Day"
Passionate - born Chashawna Wesby - is an American soul, pop, poetic singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her sound is inspired by the likes of India Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Alicia Keys. Passionate has recorded two projects – "The Journey – Love, God and Relationships" and "STRONGER." Both are available on Itunes.
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Now, go to augustachronicle.com/amped to listen to the songs and vote until Aug. 25.

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Get ready to vote in Round 2 in 2014’s AMPED: The Augusta Chronicle Music Contest! Twenty-five entries of original music have been narrowed down to the following 12 semifinalists (in random order). Voting in the semifinal round will be open from Aug. 11-25. Six acts, three chosen by popular vote and three critics’ picks, will move on to the finals. The six finalists will perform at the Official AMPED Preview Show at Sky City and on stage at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival in September.
So get ready to vote for your favorites at augustachronicle.com/amped.

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