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New England Music Award Winner - Country Act of the YearPress Release
The Shana Stack Band wins Country Act of the YearLowell, MA, Saturday, February 22, 2014: The New England Music Awards, located in Lowell, Massachusetts, announced today the winners of their 3nd Annual New England Music Awards.
Our City Radio Interview - Country Act of the Year Nominee
The Shana Stack Band: The New England Music Awards ‘Country Act of the Year’ Nominee
Written by Heather Moreau. Posted in Country News, Music News, Site, Station News, Uncategorized, Whats Hot
A Great Band
Class, professionalism, and talent are just a few words that come to mind when I think of The Shana Stack Band. They have only been together since 2010, but have quickly proved to be one of the top bands in the region. The work that they are doing are forcing people to take notice and getting them some serious recognition. They are incredibly gracious and appreciate their fans and any and all attention they receive (that includes their manager). They even created a way for their fans to be involved with one of their albums. Fans were able to contribute as sponsors and get their name in the liner notes as well as an autographed copy when it was released. This is just one example of how they are keeping themselves accessible and grounded.
Forming the Band
All of the band members have played in bands prior to getting together. Shana and Ed knew of each other while playing in other bands, and when those bands parted ways they decided to play together. They started hunting for other members and put together an extremely talented group including Shana Stack on vocals, Ed Leavitt on vocals and rhythm guitar, John Sanchez on lead guitar and vocals, Billy Moedebeck on bass, and Kurt Ekstrom on drums.
A Music Machine
This talented and hard-working group has released three albums in three years. Ed is the song writer in the band and is constantly writing. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and had one of his songs featured in the movie "Compliance" which was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2012. Ed finds inspiration everywhere for his songs, whether it is a personal experience or a funny observation at the grocery store, he is always brainstorming. He writes the song with his acoustic guitar and then the rest of the band members infuse themselves into it. While he does the writing he says the entire band is responsible for building the songs, and that Shana is great at interpreting the lyrics he writes. With the way Ed writes don’t be surprised to hear even more new music from them sooner rather than later.
Holding their own with Music Heavyweights
The Shana Stack Band is not only busy writing music, but they are busy out playing music for their fans. Last year they played about 85 dates and this year they will be playing around 100 shows. They have played all over New England, Pennsylvania, and New York. The band’s talent is getting them booked on shows with country super stars like Sugarland, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, and Travis Tritt. They have opened shows three years in a row at Meadowbrook, and also played at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The band has also been booked to play two nights in New York at the Turning Stone Casino on January 24 and 25, where usually only big name national acts play. Look for this band to play near you and get out to see them (check their website for a list of shows, there are a lot). Even if you are not a Country music fan, you should check them out, as they are constantly surprising and converting people into new loyal fans.
Keep the Nominations Coming
The Shana Stack Band is a nominee for The New England Music Awards ‘Country Act of the Year’. This may be their first nomination from NEMA, but they are no strangers to receiving awards. They just received two national awards from the Independent Country Music Association in Nashville: Country Band of the Year (voted on by their peers) and Fan’s Choice Award. Shana has also received numerous awards for top female vocalist in New Hampshire as well as the northeast region. They are excited each time they receive a nomination. To vote for The Shana Stack Band go to http://www.nemusicawards.com/nominees for ‘Country Act of the Year’. Voting ends on January 31, 2014.
A Great Example
While the band seems to be sky rocketing they are truly humble. They are happy to take their time and be a New England based band. They are planning to branch out to more areas in New England that they have not traveled to yet. The band members agree to take it step by step and explore the options as they come. I have no doubt after listening to their music and speaking with them that they will soon be national stars whether they want to or not. They will no longer be asking to be the opening band, they will be asked to be the headliner. A lot of bands, regardless of the genre, should take note of what they are doing. They work their butts off and regardless of how much success they are achieving they remain humble, gracious, and are unbelievably professional.
For more information on The Shana Stack Band, their music, and show dates go to one of their pages.
The New England Music Awards http://www.nemusicawards.com/
About The Band
Winner of the Independent Country Music Association's Country Band of the Year and Fans Choice Award, The Shana Stack Band excites their audience with their high energy, high impact show. The Shana Stack Band features multi-national award winning vocalist Shana Stack, and Nashville Songwriter's Association International member, Ed Leavitt, the male vocalist and songwriter of the group.
The Group focuses on new Top 40 Country, and original music written by Ed Leavitt. "Let it Go", one of Ed's songs, has been featured in the movie Compliance which was released nationwide in the summer of 2012 by Magnolia pictures.
The Shana Stack Band has opened for such mega stars as Reba McEntire, Sugarland, as well as performing before Travis Tritt on the Main Stage at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway before the Nascar Sprint Cup Race. The band has performed shows all across New England at a variety of venues including Meadowbrook Pavilion, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Big E Fair!
The band recently opened for Rascal Flatts in August 2013 at Meadowbrook Pavilion.
The band released their second full-length original CD, "What You See Is What You Get" summer 2012 and their third album, "Every Now and Then", released in June 2013.
Without a doubt, The Shana Stack Band hits the stage with one goal in mind…To engage the audience and leave them wanting more.
National Award WinnersPress Release
The Shana Stack Band wins 2 national awards
Band of the Year and the Fans Choice Award
Nashville, TN, Monday, July 1, 2013: The Independent Country Music Association, located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Country Music Capital of the World, announced today the winners of their 2nd Annual Independent Country Music Association Awards.
The Independent Country Music Association (ICoMA) exists to educate, evaluate, and promote indie country music. The Shana Stack Band, comprised of all New Hampshire musicians (Shana Stack, Ed Leavitt, John Sanchez, Kurt Ekstrom and Kevin Miller), was nominated in 3 categories: Country Band of the Year, Album of the Year, for their sophomore album, “What You See Is What You Get” along with the Fans Choice Award. The Band of the Year and Album of the Year categories were voted on by the Association while the Fans Choice Award was voted on and determined solely by the fans.
The Shana Stack Band began the journey of rallying their over 1,500 fans on Facebook and live audiences to begin voting for the Fans Choice Award. The fans began a grassroots campaign to win the Fans Choice Award. The voting began in April and ended on June 30, 2013.
In a press release on the evening of July 1, by Alan Shephard Sr., President of the Independent Country Music Association, written to all members and nominees (winners) of the vast array of awards, The Shana Stack Band was named for both the Fans Choice Award and Country Band of the Year.
The Shana Stack Band members were ecstatic about the news. They are also a humble group of musicians. “We couldn’t do this without all of our fans, friends and families. Our families give up a lot of family-time to allow us to play music.” They are appreciative of all of the support they receive during the year. “The Fans Choice Award means so much to us. It shows that the fans really approve of what we do. They are what make this adventure fun and exciting.”
Congratulations to The Shana Stack Band on all of their success. They are really moving forward in their endeavors. The band has just released their third album, “Every Now and Then”, which sold over 100 copies, prior to its release date in June 2013. The band will be performing 17 dates in July and will travel thousands of miles all across New England to perform for the fans. They have opened for Country Superstars, such as Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Travis Tritt and will be opening for Rascal Flatts on Saturday, August 2 at Meadowbrook in Gilford, New Hampshire. You can view their website and order their latest CD by visiting www.ShanaStack.com/shop