26-Jun-2017

Here is the list of winners of Stephen Devassy & The Solid Band Live Concerts Tour

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON June 15: A talent hunt was held as part of Stephen Devassy & The Solid Band Live Concerts Tour of UK &  Ireland 2017. The call was for all singers to polish their singing talents and get an ultimate opportunity to perform live on stage with Stephen Devassy & Solid Band. 
 
The winners of the contest for each venue of “Stephen Devassy & The Solid Band Live Concerts Tour of UK & Ireland 2017” performed one song Live on stage with Stephen Devassy.
 
Winners will also get a rare opportunity to make an appearance in Stephen Devassy’s new album to be released in 2018. It was announced that this new album is going to be produced by Stephen Devassy in association with Manorama Music.
 
Winners were given an award & recognition certificate by Kushlosh Media, the hosts of the show.
 
Results of Winners & Runners-Up for each venue
 
DUBLIN Winner: Nikhil Abraham Thomas 
 
 
Nikhil is a dedicated and dynamic singer with strong passion towards music. He has the ability to sing in four major languages - Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English.
 
He learned classical music for 2 years. He can sing by following musical notes and printed text. He has developed an interest in singing by being a part of Church Choirs.
 
He has completed Grade 5 from Trinity Guildhall and play keyboard on a regular basis both in church and for public performances. Later, he became a singer/keyboardist of an Irish-Malayalee band named ‘Soulbeats’.
 
Nikhil had the opportunity to perform on various stages around Ireland and UK. He was blessed to share the stage with playback singers, Sithara and Vijay Prakash during their Ireland-visit.
 
He also got an opportunity to sing at United Nation’s World Peace Day Celebration held at Dublin, representing India. Besides Soulbeats, he is also a singer/keyboardist in an Ecumenical Choral Symphony, Zamar.  He enjoys composing too.
 
He has composed a few songs for church events and some others that haven’t been released yet. He is a huge fan of Stephen Devassy and have tried some of his masterpieces. He is a follower of Solid Band and would love to be a part of it. He believe this will be a great platform for him to develop his God-given talents under gifted artists.
 
DUBLIN Runners Up: Jasmine Pramod 
 
 
Jasmin Pramod from Dublin, Ireland was born in a music loving family and as child he used to listen to music from radio.
 
He has participated in school singing competitions and won prizes. But he never get a chance to learn music or take it seriously, however music was always within his heart. He started learning music lessons from Mangala Rajesh (Dublin) in 2012. He sings in Church choirs and also an active vocalist in a Dublin based music band – Soul Beats.
 
He had several Stage Performances -  Gananjali, Dasettan @ 50 – 2012 May, Dublin. Mega Stage Show, Kottaram Vilkkanundu: 2013 October 12, Dublin. Mudra Arangettam – February 2014. Arangu – September 2014, Music Night with Sithara (Playback singer). Mehfil, with Sithara (Playback singer) – 2015 September Recordings.
 
Christmasin Thiru rathri… Christmas song – 2012 December, Music : Joshy Kochuparambil. Hridayantharalangalil… Album: Thiberiyasinte Theeram – Music: Binu K.P.
 
NOTTINGHAM  Winner Jiya Harikumar 
 
 
Jiya has won several prizes for music in Regional and National kalamelas held in UK.  She is UUKMA National Kalamela FIRST PRIZE winner for solo song in 2015 & 2016 in the kids category.
 
Jiya has performed at Geethanjali festival held in Birmingham Balaji temple for the last 2 years. She has also performed film songs, devotional songs and light musics at different stages in UK.
 
Jiya has been learning Carnatic music lessons since last year from Dr. Srujana Satish. Jiya has performed songs in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and English.
 
NOTTINGHAM Runners-Up: Harikumar Vasudevan 
 
 
Harikumar was born in a family filled with music and have always been passionate listening to different genres of music since childhood.
 
He has won several prizes for singing at School & College level. He can sing Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil songs. He won UUKMA National Kalamela First prize in 2015 and Second prize in 2016.
 
He has performed at several stages in India and UK. He is look forward to continuing his journey with more passion and intensity towards music.
 
COVENTRY Winner - Alan Philip 
 
 
Alan Philip is a 17 year old Sixth Form student at St Peter’s School, Bournemouth, Dorset. He has been singing since he was a child.
 
It is his passion and  now a Grade 6 singer from Trinity College London. He hopes to do his Grade 8 this summer itself.
 
He won the Regional Final and got through to the Area Final of Open Mic UK 2016, a national English pop singing competition.
 
But, he had to withdraw from the public voting for the National Grand Final as on that same day, 28 January 2017, he was playing the hero’s role as ‘Joe Casey’, in ‘Our House’, an original West-End dramatic musical production at the De La Salle Theatre, Bournemouth. On top of this, he has performed significant roles in many other musical productions, like ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Footloose’, and ‘Joseph’.
 
He also sings Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil songs, and reached the final of the Asianet Europe Talent Contest when he was younger.
 
COVENTRY Runners-Up: Anu Chandra 

 
Anu has won the title for Star Singer Season 2 music reality show. She is also the Solo Song winner in UUKMA national kalamela.
 
STOKE ON TRENT Winner Johanna Jacob
 

Johanna Jacob is a seven year old from Liverpool, the land of Beatles. She is the single child of Rani Jacob and Jacob Varghese.
 
Johanna showed glimpse of her talent before she even reached two, probably owing to her mum's avid love for music.
 
At year one (Std. 1) in school, she won the coveted Carleton Has Got Talent competition for her performance of Cup Song by Anna Kendrick.
 
She is a student at Presto Music School Liverpool for pop vocals and she passed London College of Music Grade 3 exam with high score, hailed by her tutor as a big achievement for a 7 year old.
 
She was introduced to Indian classical music since last year with Carnatic music lessons under Sri. Sudheesh Kumar.  Johanna is known for her performance in local Malayalee Association events in Liverpool and has won several prizes representing various Church and Association level talent competitions. 
 
It is unfortunate that her voice was severely compromised due to viral infection during the time of recording at Magnavision.
 
A collection of some songs sung by Johanna over the years is available for review at the You Tube account of Rani Jacob.
 
STOKE ON TRENT Runners-Up Rachel Mathew
 
 
Rachel started  at age 3. Performed at various venues on local community events & won prizes on competition in the child categories.
 
Active member of school choir and local parish. She learnt to sing at London based music, dance & Drama school Make Believe for the past couple of years.
 
LONDON Winner - Sundeep Kumar 

 
Sundeep started singing at the age of 5, and had performed on stage throughout his school and college days.
 
He has been lucky enough to undergo carnatic music lessons for 3 years under the able guidance of Shri. Raghavan Master (Music Director) at the age of 7.
 
But unfortunately couldn't continue as he was moved to a boarding school. He is a Software Engineer by profession. He has participated at various singing competitions throughout my educational and professional life.
 
He has won awards and accolades for his performances at various stages, including whilst at companies like IBM and HP.
 
He was honoured with Kanakuyil 2016, a singing competition held by Tamil Association in London.
 
He also participated in the UUKMA (Union of UK Malayalee Association) Star Singer 2016, and ended up being one of the finalist. 
 
He has recently started performing in Live shows, mainly Bollywood music ranging from Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi to Sonu Nigam and Arjith Singh. He lives in Bristol with my wife, Smitha and son, Aarav.
 
LONDON Runners-Up - Annie Alocious 
 
 
Annie, 14 years old, studies in Year 9 at a grammar school in Aylesbury. Annie enjoyed singing from a young age. Annie also learnt Bharatanatyam and Piano.
 
Annie learns Carnatic music and Western Style Singing (currently doing Grade 5). She has sung in many competitions, events and recitals.
 
She has won second prize in Asianet Europe Talent Contest in 2013. She has won several prizes in UUKMA Regional & National Kalamela’s and was awarded ‘Kalathilakom’ in UUKMA East Anglia Regional Kalamela 2014.