WCSH 6 Portland | By Chris Facchini
Some talented young musicians competed Thursday in Brewer for a chance to get some studio time to record an album and to play their original songs before a live audience. It's the fifth annual Sound off Music Competition put on by the Maine Credit Union league and Young and Free Maine.
The six finalists competed before a panel of judges at Next Generation Theater in Brewer. The winner of the competition gets 500 dollars of free recording time at Maine Street Studios in Bangor and a slot to perform at the Old Port Festival in Portland in June. Nick Hasenfus and Aria Zarnoski of "Happy Folk" are the winners in the category of soloist or duo. The young couple say they're thrilled to play before a hometown crowd.
"Really it stresses the importance of working on something that you believe in you know based on economic or other reasons you might not want to," Nick said. "Chasing the dream really and just going after it no matter what if you have school, you know for us we're full time students and full time workers. Music is hard but we make it work and its a passion and we're not going to let it die," added Aria.
The winner in the band category was Max Ater and The Marshalls of Bath.