Moorhouse (band)

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Moorhouse
Origin Christchurch, New Zealand
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2012–present
Labels Sony Music New Zealand
Website moorhousemusic.com
Members
  • Jason Aileone
  • Brock Ashby
  • Rory McKenna
  • Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai
Past members Rameka Uitime-Paraki

Moorhouse are a New Zealand boy band consisting of members Jason Aileone (born 1993), Brock Ashby (born 1993), Rory McKenna (born 1993) and Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai (born 1995). They formed in Christchurch in 2012 and are best known for their appearance in the first New Zealand series of The X Factor where they finished in fourth place. Competing in the Groups category, they were mentored by Melanie Blatt.[1] Their debut single "Mama Said" was released in August 2013, peaking at number eight in the New Zealand charts.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Moorhouse was formed in Christchurch in mid-2012, originally with the line-up of Rory McKenna, Brock Ashby, Jason Aileone and Rameka Uitime-Paraki and eventually made a quintet by the addition of Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai. The group took their name from their rehearsal studio's location on Moorhouse Avenue, one of the "four avenues" surrounding Christchurch's city centre. The group became known online for their covers of songs uploaded to YouTube.[4] In September 2012 the original quartet performed on TVNZ shows The Erin Simpson Show What Now and Good Morning.[5] In October they won a Mai FM competition to perform as the opening act for Jay Sean's Auckland show.[6] In 2012 Moorhouse met with an A&R representative from Sony Music New Zealand, but nothing eventuated.[7] The group performed at the Parachute music festival in January 2013.[8]

The X Factor[edit]

Moorhouse initially attended the Hamilton pre-audition on 29 January 2013, as they were in town for the Parachute music festival.[9] From there were put through to the judges' auditions. At their judges' audition, they performed an a cappella version of Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me". Moorhouse originally auditioned as a five-piece group, but before the bootcamp round, fifth member Rameka left to pursue an opportunity in rugby.[10] Moorhouse competed in the Groups category and were mentored by former All Saints singer Melanie Blatt. Moorhouse were in the bottom two only once, winning the sing-off against hip hop duo L.O.V.E in week three. Moorhouse were eliminated in the semi-final, immediately voted off with the lowest public votes and coming in fourth place.[11]

List of performances on The X Factor[edit]

Episode Theme Song Result
First audition Free choice "As Long as You Love Me" Through to bootcamp - stage 1
Bootcamp - stage 1 Group performance (Groups) "Man in the Mirror" Through to bootcamp - stage 2
Bootcamp - stage 2 Solo performance "The A Team" Through to judges' retreats
Judges' retreats Free choice "Beneath Your Beautiful" Through to live shows
Live show 1 Number-one singles "Boyfriend" Safe
Live show 2 New Zealand music "Why Does Love Do This To Me" Safe
Live show 3 Best of British "Every Breath You Take" Bottom two
Final showdown "With or Without You"
Live show 4 Soul classics "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" Safe
Live show 5 Top 40 "#thatPOWER" Safe
Live show 6 Songs from movies "Take It Easy" Safe
Live show 7 Made in America "OMG" Safe
Live show 8 Coke Choice "I Swear" Safe
Semi-final Love and heartbreak "When I Was Your Man" Eliminated (4th place)
The best of rock "Use Somebody"

"Mama Said"[edit]

After The X Factor, Sony Music New Zealand signed Moorhouse in August 2013. Moorhouse's debut single "Mama Said", which had originally been recorded as their potential The X Factor winner's single, was released digitally on 23 August 2013.[12][13] The group are due to release their debut album before Christmas 2013.[14]

In December 2013, Moorhouse performed at the Christmas in the Park event in Christchurch, and in January 2014, they will again perform at the Parachute music festival.[15][16]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ[3]
2013 "Mama Said" 8 Non-album single
2014 "Take a Picture" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moorhouse eliminated from X Factor NZ". Yahoo. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moorhouse release first single". The Press. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "02 SEPTEMBER 2013". The Official NZ Music Charts. Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "moorhousemusic". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Erin Simpson Show - Moorhouse - As long as you love me". Erin Simpson Show. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Congrats to the winners of Mai's Got Talent". Mai FM. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Vicki. "X Factor: Did Moorhouse bend the rules?". Stuff. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Second line-up announced for Parachute 2013". NZ Musician. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "These guys looked slick in Hamilton". The X Factor. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rameka we are gonna miss you heaps!!". Moorhouse. Facebook. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "X Factor NZ: L.O.V.E eliminated". 3 News. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Moorhoouse prepare debut single". 3 News. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Interview: TheFIX + Moorhouse!". MSN. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sony signs X Factor contestants Moorhouse". 3 News. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "MOORHOUSE". Parachute. PARACHUTE ARTS TRUST. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "X FACTOR CONTESTANTS DOMINATE CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK LINEUP". Throng. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

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