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Austria may be known as the classical music capital of the world, but make no mistake, Cornerstone is here to rock. The band, composed of Patricia Hillinger (Vocals), Michael Wachelhofer (Bass, Keyboards, Vocals), Steve Wachelhofer (Guitar, Vocals) and Ari Tiihonen (Drums, Percussions) got signed by the US based label ATOM Records back in 2008 and did numerous tours through Europe and America. Cornerstone was able to do a mixture of headlining club shows and shared larger stages with acts such as The Animals, John Waite (The Babys, Bad English), New Model Army and American singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines, to name but a few. Cornerstone won the "Next Big Thing Contest", hosted by Alternative Addiction, in March 2008 and had a No. 1 hit on Chungaradio Statesides. Some of their songs were included in the motion-picture soundtrack for the film "Little Alien", which was shown in cinema back in fall 2009 and on television. In the beginning of 2012, their ballade “Right or Wrong” won an award as “Ballade of the year”, chosen by the British Rock Realms Magazine.
The press has been extremely favourable to the band's blend of 80's rock, mixed with the harder edge of today's alternative rock sounds: after the release of the debut album “Head Over Heels” in fall 2008, reviews and interviews with the band were published in magazines like Powerplay, Fireworks and Classic Rock Magazine. After they released their sophomore album “Somewhere in America” in 2011, the band also appeared on numerous UK-Radio programs such as the Steve Price Show and BBC Radio. In their home country Austria the band has been introduced by Radio OE3, Radio Arabella, Welle 1 and Radio 88.6, the biggest national radio-stations, and performed in several TV-shows. Beyond that, the band did several shows in Austria, the surrounding countries and in the UK, where Cornerstone participated at the biggest rock-events of the country, just like the Cambridge Rock Festival, the Rock and Bike Fest and the Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool. In 2013, Cornerstone released their version of the Eighties-hit "Smalltown Boy" (by Bronski Beat), that surprisingly appeared in the charts, whereat all the proceeds of the Single went to the "Room to Breathe"-campaign, a charity organisation for the research and treatment of the immunodeficiency illness cystic fibrosis of the Nottingham City Hospital. Especially in the UK, the track was a radio-favourite. More than 70 radio stations introduced the song, where most of them took it into rotation.