Prince Albert band moving up in Searchlight

Jason Kerr
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After making it all the regional top five in last year’s Searchlight contest, Prince Albert-based band All Mighty Voice is back for a second go.

All Mighty Voice members (left to right) Ian Dickson, Abraham Lancaster, Lucy James, Shayne Lazarowich and Jordan Balicki are hoping to build are their success in the Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist.  The group’s feature track is “It’s Alright, Baby” from their soon to be released album.

The five-piece group recently advanced to the second round of regional voting, where they’ll compete against 25 other bands to represent Saskatchewan in the national competition.

“It’s exciting to know that there’s a lot of push for us to be successful with the upcoming album,” band member Abraham Lancaster says.

The band has made some changes to their act since their last extended play recording (EP).  They’ve added a fifth member and sped up their style to create a more up-tempo feel.

“ We’ve added a percussionist and we’ve added another member to the band since that EP,” Lancaster says.  “It’s just really thickened everything up to be more of a rocking feel to it.”

CBC sponsors Searchlight and calls it an attempt to find Canada’s best new musical act.  It gives people the chance to vote for Canada’s best little known musical act, starting out with regional qualifiers.  Fans can vote online up to 10 times per day, although they can’t vote for the same group 10 times.

Lancaster acknowledges that winning the entire thing will be incredibly difficult, but says the band is just thankful for the exposure they get out of it.

“I’ve had random people come up to me and be like ‘hey, I just voted for you guys.  I got your back’ kind of thing and it’s complete strangers,” he says.  “That makes you so happy and you feel successful.”

The current round of voting ends on April 13, however, the group won’t be around along to reflect on the results.  They’re off on a three-week tour to the interior of B.C., before finishing off with a concert at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on May 29.

They’re also releasing another album in May called All for One, their first since 2012.  However, for now they’re focused on trying to get as much support for the contest as they can.

“This is something that our fans can participate with us in the growth of the band and the growth of the art,” Lancaster says.  “It’s just a great thing to promote the whole group with.”

Tickets are available for the Rawlinson concert for $20.  The show starts at 7 p.m.

Organizations: Prince Albert, CBC, E.A. Rawlinson Centre

Geographic location: Canada, Saskatchewan

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