College News music contest winners, powered by Sonicbids

The winners for the March-May cycle, including Halos, Noa Bentor and Spuyten Duyvil

WRITTEN BY: Editorial Staff
College News music contest winners, powered by Sonicbids

The latest cycle of Collegenews.com music contest, powered by Sonicbids, has come to a close and we’ve hand-picked three winners. We’d like to thank all of the artists that submitted their music and encourage them to enter our next contest.

And the winners are:

Halos
Noa Bentor
Spuyten Duyvil

Congrats! These artists impressed us with their vocals, instrumentation and overall sound.

Read on for more information about the winners:

Halos

From humble beginnings to a U.K. tour, Halos is well on its way to becoming a household name. Singer and guitarist Dan Lyman formed the band while traveling the U.S. and trying to live out his dream of being a musician. While Lyman’s parents weren’t understanding of his dream, and kicked him out at the tender age of 16, he soon found kindred spirits in John Hoge (bassist), Josh Huber (keyboards), Zak Freedman (lead guitar) and Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums).

Their atmospheric alternative sound seems to take the best bits of Angels and Airwaves and then builds on them exponentially. Songs like “Amalgam” and “Never Never Land” seem to play to the soul as well as the senses, and with The Wallflowers’ Greg Richling producing their soon to be released debut LP “Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces”, it’s hard to deny that Halos is truly something special.

Check out the official video for “Amalgam” below.

Noa Bentor

This Israeli born singer/songwriter cites legends Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan as her musical influences and does them all proud with her equally gorgeous songs and voice. With one album and performances including opening for Suzanna Vega under her belt, Bentor is now working on her second album, “Modern Grace.” Bentor received help in producing the album by receiving donations from fans via the site Kickstarter, all the while vowing to thank each of them for their contributions. Her obvious love for her fans and her soothing voice, intelligent lyrics and acoustic melodies make her and her music irresistible. Fans of Jewel, Alanis Morissette and Cat Power will definitely love Noa Bentor.

Check out this video from when she opened for Suzanne Vega. It’s a live performance of her song “September.”

Spuyten Duyvil
Pure Americana at its best, Spuyten Duyvil takes the traditional sounds of the American south and makes them fresh and new. To listen to the new album “New Amsterdam” is to be nostalgic for another time and place. The band boasts eight members in all (Beth Kaufman-Miller, Tom Socol, Sarah Banks, Jim Meigs, Lou Geser, John Neidhart, Rik Mercaldi and Mark Miller) and a host of instruments from fiddle to harmonica to the electric mandolin. The band’s musicianship is outstanding and Beth Kaufman-Miller’s soaring vocals tie them all together.

You can buy their album “New Amsterdam” when it’s released on June 10, but, in the meantime, enjoy this live performance of “Shady Grove.”

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