Congratulations to Belmont University’s The Lonely Biscuits for winning the first ever Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award which honors the best emerging musicians on campus. They’ll be hauling their Woodie to SXSW where they will be the opening act at this year’s Woodies Festival on March 14. Later that day, HAIM, Timeflies, Trinidad Jame$, Travi$ Scott, Alt-J, Jake Bugg, and Joey Bada$$ will perform at the “Woodie Awards Festival,” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will take the stage at the “mtvU Woodie Awards,” hosted by Tegan and Sara and MGK. Head to Woodies headquarters for more.
When the mtvU film crew surprised the students on-campus earlier this week, they offered the band a deal with Hype Music. A first-of-its-kind music licensing partnership between MTV and Extreme Music, the production arm of Sony/ATV, Hype Music incubates and introduces some of today’s hottest emerging, independent artists to professional music users.
“It’s an honor to win the first ever Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award,” said The Lonely Biscuits. “This is huge for us. We’ve only been a band for a year and a half, so this is definitely the biggest opportunity we’ve gotten and we’re just hoping to take advantage of it and have an awesome time at SXSW.”
The Lonely Biscuits, formerly known as Gravy and the Biscuits, have been together since September of 2011. Founding members Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were random roommates at Belmont University where they started jamming and making music in their dorm room. John Paterini, current lead singer of the band came into the picture in September after hearing some of their tunes from his dorm room across the hall. Then, two months later, Nick Byrd joined as an official biscuit, playing bass guitar. Blending soul, funk, and pop with rap, The Lonely Biscuits have created a unique and chilled out sound that appeals to a wide array of people.
Tune into the Woodie Awards on MTV and mtvU Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.