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Local band wins music channel awards

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Friday, June 14, 2013


Neighbors | Submitted.Shown, from left, are Brandon Fisher, Jake Stephens, Seth Donchess and Jake Capezzuto, members of the local teen band Northern Whale, at the Indie Music Channel Awards.

By Natalie Scott


Local teen alternative/Indie band Northern Whale was awarded two Indie Music Channel Awards (Best Teen Band and Best Teen Live Performance) April 28. While in Hollywood, Ca. for the awards, they performed at Sunset Gower Studios and House of Blues.

“It felt really good to play at such large venues,” said Jake Stephens, bass and keyboard player. “We have played the Cleveland House of Blues three times in the last couple of years, but anytime we can play the House of Blues and Sunset Gower Studios on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, that is really special.”

Northern Whale found success in their dream through the guidance and support of both the Austintown community and their families.

“Without our parents, none of this would have happened,” said Stephens. “Our families taught us to just keep working hard and keep a level head. I think the things we do off stage reflect our family values. We always try to do the right things and the community support we have seen has been great. The reason why we do this is for people to enjoy our music and it’s really good to know that most everyone is behind us.”

Northern Whale released a new EP, titled “Sailor and the Seven Seas,” April 30. Until the end of the year, they will be playing shows around the community to promote it. According to Stephens, the band already has ideas for a new EP and a full length CD. They also hope to get signed to a label in the near future.

Northern Whale is comprised of Jake Stephens, Jake Capezzuto (vocals and guitar), Brandon Fisher (guitars) and Seth Donchess (drums). All members of the band attend Austintown Fitch High School.


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