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Raytown Teen Competes in Star Search Competition

Fifteen year old Alex Haywood, a Raytown resident, made it to the second round of the Variety Children’s Charity’s Star Search competition. Haywood sings a song about not letting circumstances hold you down to his 11-year-old sister, Dándra Haywood who is a special ed student at Raytown Middle School. Haywood’s band, The Selfless Remain, is a competition to be one of the top 10 bands to perform at the Alamo Drafthouse on February 23.

Haywood’s friend, 16-year-old Sammy Noel wrote “Circumstances” and dedicated the song to kids with disabilities. Noel is part of the band composed of four Lee Summit teens with Haywood as the lead singer. The song was professionally recorded at Destiny Audio in Independence, the music video shot at Lake Jacomo and produced by Lee Summit-based Combustible Media Productions. The video has had over 2,000 views since it was posted on January 12, 2014.

The band entered the song in the Variety Children’s Charity of Kansas City’s Star Search competition. The band is asking residents to vote with a $1 donation towards the charity that benefits children with disabilities. “I really liked the song because it shows how my sister feels so I put my heart into it,” says Haywood.

To vote on the video, go online to http://varietyshowkc.org/vote-today/. Voting ends February 14 at 11:59pm. If The Selfless Remains garners enough votes, they will go onto the next round of performing at Alamo Drafthouse on February 23rd.

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