A lecturer at Newcastle College has made a triumphant return from Hollywood after winning a prestigious music award with his blues band.
Music Lecturer Brian Emerson has returned from a glamorous ceremony on the Sunset Strip, where his band, the Trevor Sewell Band, picked up the Best Blues Artist award at the Artists in Music Awards.
The band’s songs attracted the attention of the awards judges after receiving heavy rotation among the thousands of Californian radio stations dedicated to Americana and Blues music.
The band is now hoping to pick up the Best Blues Artist award at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs), which are also held in Hollywood in November.
Brian, who comes from Greenside in Gateshead, has been a life-long friend of front man Trevor Sewell and decided to join his band in 2011 as bass player after the pair had previously played together as part of successful 80s heavy metal group Tygers of Pan Tang.
The band recently released its debut album ‘Calling Your Name’, which was number one in the American Blues Scene Chart for seven weeks, and will be celebrating their achievements by performing at The Cluny pub in Newcastle on 4 April as part of a ‘Hollywood After Party’.
Brian said: “Winning such a prestigious Hollywood music award was a fantastic experience, as was meeting so many of my guitar heroes on the night.
“I have known Trevor for a long time and it just seemed like a natural step to rejoin him in his new band. We are starting to really get noticed in the States and will hopefully go on to win at the HMMAs in November.
“It may seem strange for us to be heading up a blues band after playing in a heavy metal band, but I guess it just comes with changing tastes as you get older and the interest musicians have in discovering the roots and heritage of modern day music.”
For Brian, the award win has given him even greater experience to pass on to music students at Newcastle College’s Performance Academy, which range from Level 3 Music students to those studying FDA Music Production Year 1 and 2. Brian is working closely with students looking to forward on demos to the College’s in-house record label Push Puzzle, and also produced the label’s first release by the band “The Face”.
He said: “Having had success in very different bands, I feel I am in a good position to develop the talented music students we have here at Newcastle College, both in terms of their musicality and to guide them through the pitfalls of the industry.”
The Trevor Sewell Band will perform at The Cluny in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, on Thursday April 4. Tickets cost £7.00 and doors open at 8pm.