Galway-based band, The Deans, have achieved first place in the Rock category of international song competition, Unsigned Only 2013. Their song, “Lonely Like Me”, was selected from over 9,000 entries from 100 countries by a judging panel that included Chrissie Hynde, Cyndi Lauper and Black Francis.
Kildare band, Miracle Bell, also achieved second place in the “Pop / Top 40” category for their track “Love Sounds” while Northern Irish singer-songwriter, Ben Glover, was placed second in the “Folk / Singer-songwriter” category for “Melodies of Midnight”. Canadian country artist Wes Mack was the overall Grand Prize winner.
Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered.
Since 2009 The Deans have toured extensively throughout Europe, playing venues and festivals throughout France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. After being sighted at the Guitare-En-Scene festival in France by the organisers of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the group were invited to perform at the 43rd anniversary of the world renowned music festival. 2011 saw the group’s first venture stateside to NYC’s lower east side, where they performed shows in The Studio at Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery and the prestigious Kenny’s castaways, to name but a few.
“Lonely Like Me” is now available for sale through iTunes. If you want to catch The Deans live before they head stateside once again in a few weeks, keep an eye on their Facebook page for news of upcoming gigs – https://www.facebook.com/thedeans.