Bands are coming and going all the time, but sometimes we forget that the musicians in them stick around and keep working. The Yardbirds gave birth to Led Zeppelin. Nirvana gave way to The Foo Fighters. The list goes on. The pace of this is just as rapid with independent bands on OurStage. Two bands in particular have been shaken up recently but their musicians are getting ahead in the world anyway: The Shapes and Oddway.
Oddway was OurStage’s first Grand Prize Winner, back in March of 2007. They also won one other channel and had four Top 10 finishes. As an early OurStage celebrity, they got a lot of attention after doing so well on the site right out of the gates. After July 2007 though, the band had had enough and frontwoman Petrina Foley backed out-but she’s definitely better for it. She is now running a very successful solo career as an Americana singer/songwriter. She’s #1 in the Americana channel as of publishing time, and she also won the September 2008 Americana channel. She played in the Boston Showcase Night at The Paradise Rock Club in November after that, and is continuing to rise on her great merits as a singer/songwriter.
One of the other early runaway successes on OurStage was Brooklyn-based dance rock band The Shapes. Already established in New York City, The Shapes joined OurStage and quickly took off, with three Channel wins in 2007 and six top 10 placements in 2007, and more in 2008. Unfortunately, The Shapes would break up at the end of 2008.
Singer Mark Allen would quickly form a new band with some friends, called Fugitive Souls. As a clear testament to musical talent, early versions of some of their songs on OurStage immediately charted in the Top 50 in their channel – Including two Top 50 tracks in their first month alone. To have so much immediate success so quickly is a sure sign that big things are coming to the new Fugitive Souls.
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