A group from Minneapolis, Minnesota started out as a daily YouTube vlog but quickly sold out shows in the Midwest. And now this group, yam housetraveled to Hollywood to represent Minnesota in NBS American Song Contest, from March 21, 2022 (it’s Monday!).
Yam Haus was formed in 2017 in Minneapolis and features Lars Pruitt (vocals), Seth Blum (guitar), Jake Felstow (drums) and Zach Beinlich (bass). Zach, Seth, and Lars went to high school together in Hudson, WI (just a hop, hop, and hop across the Mississippi River about 30 miles east of the Twin Cities). Jake joined Minneapolis and bam, Yam Hous.
On YouTube, they have 66,000 subscribers and 11.1 million views. On Spotify, they’re working on 9.2 million streams. Sound like a great band to represent the land of 10,000 lakes!
What is the NBC American Song Contest?
This is a live music competition series, created by the same producers The Voice, and hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson. American Song Contest starts Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m.. You’ll see 56 artists, representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories, and our nation’s capital, competing to win the nation’s vote for best hit song.
When Yam Haus played Thursdays downtown
Maybe you know some of the other artists?
Iowa: Elizabeth Von Presley
Hometown: Marion, Iowa
Resident: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alisabeth Von Presley is a pink-haired pop-rock artist raised on a well-rounded diet of Pat Benatar, a plate full of glitz, and a touch of Midwestern sass. She is as bold as she is authentic and champions the empowerment of women through her music, lyrics, public platforms and work in area schools. Alisabeth… recently performed a show in front of over 16,000 people in her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With her live shows garnering rave reviews, this girl is a performer to watch.
North Dakota: Chloe Fredericks
Hometown: Halliday, North Dakota
Resident: Halliday, North Dakota
Chloe Fredericks grew up listening to some of country music’s greats, including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, and often receives comparisons to powerhouse singer-songwriters Adele and Amy Winehouse. Her mother always called Chloe her “little songbird” and some of Chloe’s fondest memories are singing alongside her father. She grew up on a ranch in North Dakota and learned the cowboy way of life – if you get kicked off a horse, you come right back. It helped Chloe through some of the toughest times in the ever-changing music industry.
South Dakota: Judd Hoos
Hometown: Spearfish, SD
Resident: Rapid City, SD
Judd Hoos is a rock band from the Black Hills of South Dakota. The band’s lineup consists of Tyler Bills, Shane Funk, Chris Hornick and Andy Young. Over the past 12 months, Judd Hoos has released a new EP, “Not Alone”, hosted the Nashville Comes to the Black Hills Songwriting Camp and hosted the first-ever Judd Hoos Charity Jam. They’ve appeared on multiple tour stops with Nashville rockers the Wild Feathers, played nearly 100 clubs, theaters, festivals and fairs across the Midwest, and even shared the stage with rock icon Billy Idol. In addition to recording new music, they renewed a tour sponsorship deal with Remedy Brewing Company for the second consecutive year and collaborated on their own IPA, Hoos Joos.
Hometown: Loreto Ridge, WI
Resident: Plain, WI
Jake’O is an American singer, guitarist, performer and recording artist from Plain, Wisconsin. He (is) the originator of the Nuvo-Retro sound – a term he coined to describe his genre and style…He is thrilled to make his family, friends and fans proud of his Wisconsin home so let him rise on the national stage.
I think the NBC American Song Contest includes a ringtone
The strangest entry is, I think, the representative from Alaska. Jewel! I love him, seriously. The music she has created all these years is beyond amazing. That seems, however, a bit unfair? Like putting Jo-Jo Siwa, a wildly successful and well-known dancer, on Dancing With the Stars.
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Since we’re talking about music and singers…
It’s not often the case, but singers become actors and drop the music… Honestly, I didn’t know MUCH of them.