New boy band Reconnected signs deal with Dragon's Den star
Latest boy band sensation Reconnected, who wowed the crowds at both Night on the Town events in Wells, are poised to blow circuits all over the country having been signed by Dragon's Den contestant RKA Records.
Dragon, Duncan Bannatyne, who owns the Charlton House Hotel, in Shepton Mallet, invested £50,000 in the fledgling operation.
Last year's Britain's Got Talent finalists Matt, Max and Harry are managed by Kevin Newton, who has substantial business interests in Shepton, and who was tempted back to the music industry specifically to steer the Manchester three piece to stardom.
RKA Records founders Ryan Ashmore and Leon Webb, both aged 18, were seen on top-rated TV show Dragon's Den on Monday.
Mr Bannatyne, struck a hard bargain, taking control of 79 per cent of the company for his investment, as opposed to the 15 per cent the pair had originally offered.
RKS Records business model offers artistes just 20 per cent of the revenue, with RKA taking 80 per cent.
Reconnected first emerged in 2010 as the five-piece Connected, on popular TV show Britain's Got Talent. They stormed the stage with covers of Backstreet Boys' I Want it That Way and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough and received rave reviews from the judges.
Now reformed as a three-piece, made up of the brothers, Reconnected are working on their first album with songwriter/producer producer Tim Woodcock who has also worked with the likes of Gary Barlow, JLS and Eliza Doolittle.
Mr Newton said: "Reconnected are going to be huge in 2012. They have an amazing spirit and the way the kids react to them is absolutely astonishing. The reaction they get from fans wherever they appear is almost hysterical."
Having organised music festivals, arranged gigs and managed boy bands in the past, Mr Newton had decided to quit the industry a few years ago – but Reconnected convinced him to return to the business he loves to plot their assault on pop superstardom.
He said: "We were lucky enough to persuade Reconnected to headline the Night On The Town event we organised in Wells in 2010 and I got to know the boys when they stayed at the Swan Hotel.
"They were a phenomenal success but it struck me they needed some help and support to take them further.
"I had sworn I would never get involved in management again but as the weeks progressed it was apparent we had a good connection ourselves. The rest is, hopefully, history."
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