A local alternative Christian band hopes to get your vote this month.
RideTheWind's original song, "Stand," is currently one of approximately 300 songs in the Rock The Camp contest to find "the best of the best" in Christian music.
"The winner is chosen by fan votes on the internet," vocalist Jonny McLain recently told The Brazil Times. "The first phase of voting in the contest begins on Feb. 1. Only the top 50 songs will move on to the second round of voting."
The second round of public voting starts March 1-22, with the top 10 moving on to the final round of voting by a panel of industry judges March 23-28. The grand-prize winner and the top four runner-ups will be announced on April 1.
"This will be a great opportunity to spread the gospel," drummer Rick Swearingen said. "This is very exciting."
The grand prize includes the winner performing first for TobyMac in Music City Nashville, Tenn., before many Industry insiders, a recording session with Grammy and Dove award winner Paul Ebersold and performing a showcase of their music during the K-Love's Friends and Family Music Cruise Feb. 1-5, 2011.
Camp Electric and its partners sponsor the contest, which is helping teach young musicians the ropes of the Christian Industry while offering the opportunity to be discovered.
Fellow band members Dave Loughmiller, Dave Henry and Tyler Mattox share McLain and Swearingen's excitement.
"We hope to get a lot of votes," Henry said. "Our next goal is to get airplay on local and then ultimately on national Christian radio stations."
The band is spending time in the studio preparing for their first CD recording session and a trip to Nashville to audition in a musical showcase for managers and producers in the music industry on Feb. 22. They hope their unique sound will get noticed.
Tyler, the youngest member of the band and an Indiana State University freshman, is excited about a future with the band.
"I'm studying business now," Tyler said, admitting music is his passion. "I'm really looking forward to all this."
As for the audition for "America's Got Talent" in October, producers of the television show have added more cities for auditions to be held in before the show previews this summer. So the band is patiently waiting, expecting to be contacted by producers in the spring.
"This is a way of life," McLain said as the other band members agreed. "When you're doing what your supposed to do -- and you know it -- life is amazing."
Loughmiller said the band members have come to know each other as brothers through their ministry and look forward to spending time together.
As for their lives being altered by potential success, the men say that is not a problem.
"Our families have blended together into one large family," McLain said. "We're one big family."
To learn more about RideTheWind, log onto their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/RideTheWindBand.
HOW TO VOTE
You can vote for RideTheWind's original song, "Stand," in the Rock The Camp contest to find "the best of the best" in Christian music.
After applying for free registration on the website at http://rockthecamp.endavomedia.com/media..., type STAND in the website search engine to listen to the band's song.
Registered fans may vote once a day in the contest.
The first phase of voting takes place from Feb. 1-28.
If RideTheWind receives enough votes to make it to the top 50, the second round of voting takes place from March 1-22, with the top 10 songs moving on to the final round of voting by a panel of industry judges March 23-28.
The winner top five overall winners will be announced on April 1.