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UPDATED: 'SCV Rock Star' online voting open through Sept. 7

Who'll be the first SCV Rock Stars? Find out Sept. 19

Posted: August 9, 2008 4:52 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2008 5:03 a.m.

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Voting has begun in the SCV Rock Star contest, presented exclusively online by The-Signal.com in association with top SCV rock promoter Higher Level Productions.

Twenty-one artists and musicians submitted their song videos by the Friday midnight deadline.

"It's a great cross-section of local talent, with 13 entries in the Professional category and eight in the Amateur," said Stephen K. Peeples, online editor of The-Signal.com and creator/coproducer of the contest.

"There are fast-rising local bands who have growing followings, and some who are going public for the first time," he said.

"There's blazing rock, mellow acoustic stuff, pop, reggae, gospel -- it's a very credible field."

The-Signal.com's 2008 SCV Rock Star contest candidates are (in alphabetical order):

PROFESSIONAL
* A Cause for Collapse, Saugus, "(A Moment of) Clarity"
* At the Strike of 12, Canyon Country, "Robot Cassette"
* Bad Incident, Santa Clarita, "Black Wings"
* Carbon Based, Valencia, "The Internet Generation"
* Chaindriven, Canyon Country, "Area 51"
* The Edge of Man, Santa Clarita, "A Little Place of Evil" (live)
* Fentruck, Valencia, "Lance Hunt Wears Glasses" (live at Saugus High)
* Kounterfeit Change, Newhall, "Senorita"
* Renfue, Valencia, "What You Wanted"
* Rhythm Nun, "Funk Metal" (live at COC)
* Jessie Seely, Santa Clarita, "Pretty"
* Un:Armed, Canyon Country, "This Nightmare"
* Undefined Nation, Canyon Country, "Master Circle"

AMATEUR
* Kris Espiritu, Valencia, "Canon by Kris"
* FBI, Santa Clarita, "Level Cover"
* Robert Heller, Valencia, "Tommy's Song (Lord, Through Your Eyes)"
* The Heretics, Canyon Country, "Nuclear Nightmare"
* Dave Lynch, Saugus, "Only God Knows Why"
* North of Paradise Leather (NOPL), Valencia, "Wal-Mart"
* Johnny Strat, Valencia, "Smaller Than My Shadow"
* Aaron Wong, Valencia, "The Ol' College Try"

The top three finalists in each of the Pro and Am categories as determined by the online votes will perform live at the contest's big finale, the "SCV Rock Star Night" concert at the Sports Complex Friday night, Sept, 19.

At the concert, a panel of expert judges will add their scores to the finally tally and determine the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. A Best Video winner will also be named from among the entries.

The judges panel will be announced next week.

Top SCV Rock Star contest prizes include time at Command Recording Studios, time at Hubbadaddy's rehearsal studios, a new performance-based music video produced by Artistry Cinematics, a professional photo session from Paige Photography, a separate headlining concert produced by Higher Level, and coverage in The Signal newspaper and on The-Signal.com.

Finalists may also be included in "Rockstar Reality," a new documentary about the SCV music scene now being produced by Lisa Lane and Lisa Lujano of La Lu Productions, who will shoot the SCV Rock Star Night event for their video.

SCV Rock Star contest sponsors include Mission View Public School, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, Robek's Juice of North Park Village and Lowe's Music of Newhall.

Click the links in "Related Content" for all the info.

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