The Koteles boys grew up with music. Their dad, Albi Koteles, played with the members ofRush in their early years and was in a prog-rock band called Conspiracy. The Koteles sons named their band after the Canadian address of Albi's childhood.
The senior Koteles imparted the valuable lesson that getting your sounds heard involves making sound business decisions, and the boys have learned their lesson well, recording a top-notch, self-titled debut CD that was meticulously engineered in Nashville, landing cherry gigs in big-name venues and scoring opening gigs at major concerts and events.
We're thinking that DeGeneres might take notice because the young rockers claim to have raised thousands of dollars for one of her non-profits, a support network for GLBT teens, and has written a song with a near and dear to Ellen's heart -- a tune to raise awareness against bullying and let teens know they are not struggling alone.
[image-1]Has Ellen heard the tune yet?
"Unfortunately no contact with Ellen has been made directly," 10th Concession's Ian Koteles said. "However, we were able to raise $5,000 at our EP release for Tampa's local chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network), which is one of Ellen's three major charities. Bullying is such a major issue right now and we simply wanted to do our part to help raise some awareness. We have big plans that are in the preliminary stages along with a number of people ready and willing to support. Until then we will keep working locally and spreading the word as best we can."
Here's the latest video for the "It Gets Better Song" by 10th Concession, inspired by DeGeneres, they say:
We all know that Ellen DeGeneres discovered pop idol Justin Bieber.
Is her next hot young success story right here in Tampa?
No knocks on the door yet, but the superstar talk show host might just gobble up the amiable and talented musicians in 10th Concession (pictured, right) —the hard-working and down-to-business pop-rock band led by enterprising brothers Ian and Evan Koteles.
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