Kingdom Bound Talent Search Results Revealed

Published: 2005-06-13
Appertain Display won the Canadian portion of the Kingdom Bound talent search on June 11th at Canada Christian College. The group which hails from London, Ontario went up against four other bands who had previously won their respective regional talent searches.

The band fronted by brothers Nathan (guitar and vocals) and Matthew Piche (violin and vocals) won the right to perform at Darien Lake New York's Kingdom Bound festival on July 31st. The group also won a Taylor guitar with an estimated value of $2,500. Appertain Display also features Dave DeSmit on drums, bassists Alex Fleck and saxophone player Jeff House.

On June 17th Appertain Display will be holding an official CD release party in London to launch their debut album. The band features a very competent mix of contemporary middle of the road music. They are comprised of a bassist, lead guitar, violin, drummer and saxophone player.

The onstage presence on Appertain Display can best be categorized as stiff and smug. Even during the winning announcement it was difficult to detect whether or not they were excited or were aloof to the proceedings.

Black Talon finished as a surprising first runner-up. Finishing second was surprising only because of the tough competition they were facing. Black Talon's concerts usually feature a lot of special effects but the rules for this competition dictated those types of effects could not be used. Frontman Travis Alix proved adaptable to the situation and endeared his hip hop / urban approach to a crowd much older than he is accustomed to performing before. The two time Shai Award winning band has served notice that their future is bright.

Kelly Draper a music teacher from Welland, Ontario finished third in the competition. This was her first gig outside her own church and handled the pressure well. Draper had perhaps the best overall voice of the performers and this reviewer had her pegged to finish in third.

It was surprising that Joel Geleynse's band dropped out of the top three after winning the tough Toronto area competition. Geleynse however had arrived just before the competition started after performing earlier in the day at Canada's Wonderland. His finishing out of the top three can also be seen as a compliment to just how far the Canadian Christian music scene has advanced in recent years. Although this competition focused on talent from Ontario, most areas of the country are now producing quality Christian artists.

Resolute a young band from Sudbury also finished out of the top three. The band's youth and inexperience probably hindered them from garnering enough votes in terms of their stage presence. Those attributes can be taught however and musically they are good but need to diversify their song selection.

It is unfortunate that the event was marred by sound system problems. The problems did not give a decided advantage to any of the bands but did hinder all performers in terms of truly displaying their abilities. For instance throughout most of Appertain Display's performance one could not hear the saxophone player. Feedback was a continual problem and generally speaking the sound was not mixed well.

Writer: Joe Montague

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