Anna’s band on the verge of stardom

Anna Leigh and the Kings.
Anna Leigh and the Kings.

A SINGER from Cullercoats has won a music competition that could propel her into the limelight.

Anna Leigh and The Kings have won the Sodium Music Competition, to find a top new musical act from the north east.

The competition was open to any unsigned artists who write their own material, and Anna’s band have now bagged themselves a 12-month publishing deal with Sodium Music, a video which will be planned, shot and edited by Superveillance Creative Video Solutions, a free recording session, 100 CDs, a photo shoot with Dan Wakenshaw Photography, and a slot at the Sodium Music showcase gig.

Twenty-two-year-old Anna and band members Richard Champney, on guitar, bass player Dan Cummings, drummer Mike Renwick and violinist Luke Waterfield, have come out on top, and scooped the haul of prizes.

Anna, who has just set up her own business as a singing teacher, said: “We have been together over a year now and doing well with radio play and press.

“We have been played on more than 25 stations in America, mainly country radio stations.

“We are so happy to have won, we want to thank everyone for their support.

“It makes it all worthwhile when we know people are supporting our music.

“We won by a huge margin with over 700 votes, so thank you to everyone who voted for us.”

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