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By Chanz finalist in TEEN PEOPLE contest 

Thanks to the support of their fans, friends, and family, By Chanz has been selected as one of three finalists by TEEN PEOPLE magazine in the “Five Live Search” contest that is searching for the best teen band in the country.  They will be flown to New York City to perform live in a national “battle of the bands” contest in mid November. 

By Chanz consists of founding member Kelley Hagood, 18, Sarah Luhrs, 15, both from Ashburn, VA and Lauren Smallwood, 14, the group’s rap/hip-hop artist from Leesburg, VA.  Hagood is a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University near Nashville where she is majoring in the recording industry.  Luhrs is a sophomore at Broad Run High School, and Smallwood is a freshman at Loudoun County High School. 

For the last month, from Sept 7th to October 5th, By Chanz’ song, What, What Did I Say?, written by Hagood and Smallwood could be heard on the TEEN PEOPLE web site and on a special “Five Live” toll free phone line that allowed listeners to hear the songs of the five semifinalists and vote for their favorite band.  By Chanz came in second place in the toll free phone line voting and third place in the web voting which placed them in the top three with two other finalists, Clear Static from Agoura, CA and Kameron Fry from Chicago. 

Now TEEN PEOPLE will fly all three bands to compete in a national “battle of the bands” contest in the Hammerstein ballroom on November 14, 2001 for the grand prize, the opportunity to perform along side well know teen pop stars at the TEEN PEOPLE “What’s Next?” event which will be televised.  Last year’s event occurred at the Apollo Theatre and included such well know performers as Destiny’s Child, Vitamin C, Mikaila, and Pink.  The year before, “What’s Next?” teen pop performers included Jessica Simpson, Eve, Cisqo, and Donnell Jones. 

By Chanz is optimistic about their chances of winning the grand prize and looks forward to competing in New York City.  Their manager is very sanguine about their chances of winning and making it this far.  He said, “Even if they do not win the grand prize they are already winners in my eyes because of how hard they have worked and of all the talent they have demonstrated to get this far.”  He has invited several talent scouts from major record companies to come and see By Chanz perform live in New York.  This could lead to a recording contract or development deal with one of the labels. 

Seasoned veterans, By Chanz already have a few wins to their credit.  Their song, What, What Did I Say?, recently won the Z104 “Local Band Challenge” contest in September.  They also won the Sterling Community Center-sponsored “battle of the bands” contest in June against seven other bands.  Their song, Beat of Your Heart, won an honorable mention award in the 2000 Grand Slam Song Writing contest sponsored by LA’s Music Connection magazine.  Prior to this, By Chanz performed at SterlingFest, the Reston Festival, Countryside, the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, The Upper Room of Leesburg, and at The Planet Club, a teen nightclub in Chantilly, VA.  Their original music has also been featured on Loudoun Channel 3, Reston Community TV Channel 8, and on a Fairfax Channel 10 TV comedy show called The Nooz during March, April and May.   

By Chanz is tentatively scheduled to perform at First Night Leesburg again this year on December 31st and confirmed at the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Round Hill, VA on Jan 5, 2002 at 7:30 PM.  For more information about the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, contact Jeff Stern at (540) 338-8597. 

For more information about By Chanz, go to their web site