NexCyx wins contest


It’s the only way to describe how local band Nexcyx feels after officially being announced as the winners of the March Music Madness contest for their version of Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger.

When online polls for the final had closed, NexCyx had earned more than 60 per cent of the vote. They beat four other artists and groups to take the top spot.

When Barbados TODAY caught up with the band at the Marina (formerly Bump n’ Wine) this afternoon, it was all smiles and nothing but praises for the fans.

Frontwoman Mahalia Phillips reported that NexCyx has garnered even more fans from across the globe since the competition started.

“We are absolutely thrilled about this win. Our fans were amazing. We felt major love and support from all around the world throughout the contest,” Phillips noted via press release.

NexCyx first uploaded the video cover of Moves Like Jagger to their YouTube channel on April 3, 2012. Early in March this year, named the video among its top picks for “Best Maroon 5 Cover.”

“When we first released this video, we did it for our fans, to share our take on a song we enjoy tremendously,” said Andr√ Clarke, Musical Director of the band, and the brains behind the winning arrangement.

Ryan Seacrest, best known for his morning radio talk show and as host of American Idol also identified artists with the best covers of hits from artists such as Adele and Beyonc√. His team, via Twitter and, asked fans to vote for their favourites throughout March.

This contest win for NexCyx precedes an upcoming season of Mahalia’s Corner, which begins April 12. While the venue is yet to be announced, Phillips said the band would be performing during the sessions and will also feature open mic and featured artist segments.

The band also promised some new music, to be released later. (LW/PR)

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