Band counting on votes

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A FORMER ARBROATH High School pupil is counting on local support so she can make it through to the next round of the UK’s biggest unsigned band competition.

Singer/songwriter Karen Simpson (22) and her partner Johnny Hood, played at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow at the end of last month to try and land a place in the next round of the Live and Unsigned Competition.

The duo, simply known as ‘Karen and Johnny’ came fourth in the acoustic section of the first stage of the competition, receiving a wildcard entry to the area final.

Now they need as many text votes as possible to make it through as only the wildcard entry with the most votes will progress.

And at the moment they have received the most text votes out of all of the wildcards.

Karen, who is now studying for a Masters in research of creative practices in Glasgow said: “We really need the votes and as we are number one in Scotland in the voting system we want to keep the momentum going.

“We didn’t expect any of this, we just really enjoyed the performance at the Royal Concert Hall and didn’t realise we would do this well.”

Since founding their band just over three years ago, Karen and Johnny have played alongside numerous other artists, including Glasgow-based band ‘Pearl and the Puppets’, who supported Elton John in 2009.

A sample of their music can be found on the website www.soundcloud.com/karen-rose-1.

To vote for them just send a text message with the word wildcard162 to 84222 by Sunday.

The winners of the overall competition get a chance to play at London’s O2 arena and win £10,000 in cash.

Twitter: @JenniferNewton1