Imagine a sexy girl group like the Pussycat Dolls, then give them them the skill sets of say, classic violinist Itzhak Perlman — and you’ve got Escala.
The fashionable quartet — composed of youngsters (all are 26 or younger) Victoria Lyon, Izzy Johnston, Chantal Leverton and Tasya Hodges are turning heads, and not just for their looks, but for their musical work — a symphonic sound with an emphasis on the violin — as well.
The talented foursome’s recent appearance in front of 14 million viewers on the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent – the same show that made decidedly-less aesthetically-pleasing Susan Boyle a household name — gained them a fan most music industry upstarts would love to claim as one of their own: Simon Cowell.
“They are completely original and they have got it all,” the American Idol kingpin said of Escala, who he subsequently signed to his label. “Remarkable dedication and training, looks, intelligence, the right attitude to make it big and music that has wide appeal. With their amazing stage presence as well, they are a rare talent.”
Escala’s self-titled debut album, which features familiar covers (Wings‘ Live and Let Die, Led Zeppelin‘s Kashmir) and original tunes, is in stores now.