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Leesburg band scoops first place in rock category of unsigned music competition

Leesburg-based band Kid Brother is the winner of the rock category after reaching the finals of the 2017 Unsigned Only Music Competition.

The band's track “Good News” was selected by judges for the coveted number one spot.

Kid Brother's lead signer Christian Neonakis said it's difficult for the band to process they've won first place. “I'm humbled to be able to bring this win to Leesburg. It's only because of all the support and encouragement we get from everyone, that we're able to get to this point. Thank you to everyone who has, and continues to encourage Kid Brother,” Neonakis said.

The competition aimed to “find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist … a newcomer or veteran ... raw or polished -- the ‘gem’ that needs to be discovered."

At the start there were around 7,000 entries from musicians around the world, which were whittled down to just 13.

The band's prize package includes a host of high spec industry software and equipment plus a free album distribution.

Drummer Sam Athanas credited Loudoun County for much of the band's support.

"We still can't believe we won this thing. The support we received online and from folks we've run into around Loudoun County is nuts. This is such an exciting time for Kid Brother,” Athanas said.

On Friday night Crooked Run Brewing will release a beer in Kid Brother's honor. The strawberry gose beer called Spilt Salt shares its name with the track "Spilt Salt" off the band's debut album Baltimore Street Rat. Kid Brother will play a live show during the release at Crooked Run Brewing's Sterling location.

Kid Brother was formed in June 2016. The band is composed of lead singer Christian Neonakis, drummer Sam Athanas, guitarist Dylan Savopolous, keyboardist Lindsey Cook and bassist Chris Peters.

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