When technician Derrick Gaddis and his band, Midnight Clear, entered CBS' Living Room...LIVE! Battle of the Bands contest last June they did it just for fun. But about three months later, the rock-and-roll group found it was the last band standing. "We hoped it would go well and we remained optimistic, but we didn't expect to win," says Gaddis, who is a technician at Dental South Inc. in Gainesville, Georgia, holds a music degree and teaches guitar lessons at a local music store.
In order to compete in the competition, the band submitted a three-minute music video of its original song, You Should Have. The show producers received thousands of entries and selected 39 videos--including Midnight Clear's--for the show. Each week, CBS aired three of the videos on The Early Show, viewers at home voted for their favorite and the winning band moved on to the next round. At the end of the 13-week series, Midnight Clear was declared the winner, capturing 46% of the total overall vote. "It was such a surreal experience," says Gaddis, who watched the The Early Show's live September 17 announcement of the winner alongside his laboratory co-workers, including Shannon Davidson, owner of Dental South, who is also one of Gaddis' guitar students.
The grand prize? The chance to perform live on The Early Show, which Midnight Clear did on September 24. Today, the band is in the process of signing a record deal with CBS's record label. "We're riding the wave of winning the contest," says Gaddis. "And we're currently recording two songs with the folks at CBS Records."
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