The Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search winners were announced in a live televised special Jan. 14. The winners are: Xavier Lewis “The Antidote to R&B” of Loganville (pop/R&B); Hannah Thomas of Covington (country); KidSyc@Brandywine of Savannah (hip-hop/rap); and theKey of Macon (rock).
The winners were selected by a combination of online voting and celebrity judges, including Georgia music superstars Dallas Austin, Monica, Shawn Mullins and Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band. The event was hosted by Entertainment Tonight corre- spondent Kevin Frazier and choreographed by famed actress/singer/dancer Jasmine Guy.
The winners will head to Hollywood to record a track at the legendary Capitol Records Tower.
Auditions were held in Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah with three finalists in the categories of country, rock, pop/R&B, and hip-hop/rap.
The band was formed in early 2010 when KidSyc recieved an e-mail with the subject line, “We respect your MC abilities…”. This e-mail, sent by bassist Charles Hodge eventually ended KidSyc’s year-long search for a live band and sparked what was soon to become an artistic force to be reckoned with.
With a pair of plaid pants and an undenialby magnetic sound, KidSyc@Brandywine captivated crowds at the 2010 Savannah Urban Arts Festival and broke the monotony of Savannah’s Hip-Hop scene. Listing influences like Earth, WInd, and Fire, Radiohead, J. Dilla, Eminem, and Stevie Wonder, (to name a few), its no wonder a song like “Different” serves as a great snapshot of what these guys are all about. If you take the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of your average misfit, sprinkle in some newfound confidence, and spread it all across a bold and adventurous soundtrack. What you will have is a KidSyc@Brandywine song…… and a new favorite rapper. The band’s front man KidSyc, whose real name is Lloyd Harold, is a local art teacher at Pooler Elementary School who moonlights as a rapper. He loves having the opportunity tobring his music to the classroom, in an attempt to get students ecited about the learning process.
Harold is very active with Savannah organization All Walks of Life (AWOL).