Luke Wade might have grown up to be another Texas jock if not for a paintball that veered straight into his eye as a teen, altering the course of his life. As gruesome as that injury must have been, it was, in a way, serendipitous. Forced to explore interests that didn’t require perfect eyesight, Wade picked up the guitar and found a new calling. Now, as Luke Wade and No Civilians, the songwriter crafts soulful, rhythmic, layered rock full of tales of relationship wins and losses. Strangest Angels sets off on a bass saunter with spooky keys, streams of brass and jazzy guitars darting in and out. Ghost On A Wire is a mid-tempo meander through memories of a past love where he muses that, today’s friends are tomorrow’s ghosts. Wade’s a romantic, and nowhere is that more evident than on Quiet As You Can, an acoustic lullaby where quavering keys and the sepulchral blast of horns wrap the melody in vintage soul a la Otis Redding. Maybe he’s not on the field putting points on the scoreboard, but there’s no question that Wade is winning.
“Quiet As You Can” – Luke Wade and No Civilians
In October, OurStage joined forces with Big D NYE, the premiere New Year’s Eve event in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, to launch the Big D NYE Fast Track to Fame Competition. Artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth region were encouraged to enter their best original song in the competition for a chance at performing at Big D NYE on New Year’s Eve 2010. After a month of intense competition, the best and brightest artists rose to the top of the channel. The Top 10 artists in the channel were then reviewed by music experts at OurStage and WFAA employees, and a Grand Prize Winner was chosen! Texas natives Sleeperstar beat out the rest of the competition to perform live at Big D NYE 2010 in front of a live audience of 30,000 people and a televised audience of over 450,000 viewers! In addition to performing live at Big D NYE, the guys will receive $1,000 cash, an editorial feature on Big D NYE’s online platform and OurStage.com along with tickets to the Big D NYE VIP Party. Be sure to check out their OurStage profile and join us in congratulating them on a hard earned win. Stay tuned to the OurStage blog for when we interview Sleeperstar to find out about their big night.
The Big D NYE Fast Track To Fame Competition is giving one lucky OurStage artist a shot at performing in front of an audience of 25,000”not to mention over 450,000 TV viewers”on New Year’s Eve at Big D NYE 2010, the premiere New Year’s Eve experience in Dallas, TX. Artists in the Dallas / Fort Worth area need YOUR help to get to the big stage. In return, OurStage and Big D NYE are hooking up fans who judge with awesome prizes. Each week in October, five fans will be chosen to receive a free Big D NYE T-shirt along with OurStage swag. At the end of the month, one national runner-up will receive $250 cash, and one grand prize winner in the Dallas / Fort Worth area will receive two free tickets to Big D NYE 2010! By judging, not only can you can help undiscovered artists get their big break, but YOU can also take home a share of the prizes. For rules and official competition information head to the Big D NYE page HERE.
Imagine yourself on stage on New Year’s Eve 2010, counting down the minutes until midnight and rocking out to a crowd of over 30,000 people. “The Big D NYE Fast Track to Fame“ Competition on OurStage.com aims to give one aspiring artist in the Dallas / Fort Worth region this very opportunity. Winners of the competition will score admission to the Big D NYE Party on New Year’s Eve, $1,000 cash, editorial features on both OurStage.com and Big D NYE’s online platforms along with a performance slot at the event” a portion of which will be televised throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area! Pop, rock and country artists are encouraged to enter their best material into the competition channel by October 23rd for their shot at the prizes. Fans who judge in the competition will have the opportunity to win a Big D NYE T-shirt and 2 free tickets to the VIP party on New Year’s Eve at the WFAA Victory Park Studio. Check out more information and official rules for the “Big D NYE Fast Track to Fame” here.