A SOUTH Tyneside band are hoping to make people happy as they perform for their spot at the top.
Eliza Smiles has been nominated for the Young Performers of the Year award in Pride of South Tyneside 2014.
They were put forward for the accolade, which is sponsored by Port of Tyne, by South Shields actor and director, Wayne Miller, who once recruited the band to play at a show.
He said: “Eliza Smiles is a band made up of some of the most talented teens in South Tyneside. Brought together only a few short years ago, they have quickly bonded into one of the tightest, most professional bands in the area.
“A band like Eliza Smiles is a perfect example of young local talent, inspiring others, working hard at their craft and delivering a blistering performance every night, whether the venue be a community centre or a theatre.
“Performer like these giving 100 per cent of talent and passion need to be celebrated.”
The band is made up of guitarist Jack Errington, 16, from South Shields, keyboard player Cale Davies, 17, from Hebburn, singer Lauren Amour, 17, from Jarrow, bassist Charlie Winn-Davison, 16, also from Jarrow, and drummer George Rowan, 16, from Bedlington, Northumberland.
St Wlfrid’s RC College pupil, Jack, said: “We’ve been together for two years now. We’ve just recorded our first EP, called You Better Run, with three of our own songs. We’ve got more originals to record, but we perform some covers too. We sing some new stuff from newer bands like Lawson, but older stuff too like Michael Jackson. We just love performing, whether it’s to a crowd of people or just to one person.
“It’s great to be put forward for the award. We’re good friends with The Waiters, who won last year, and they said it’s an amazing feeling, so hopefully we’ll get to experience it for ourselves now.
“I’ve messaged everyone in the band to let them know and they’re all really excited.”