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New boy band sensation Titanium is dazzling audiences ahead of the release of debut single ‘Come On Home’.

Over 100,000 people have viewed Titanium’s performance on YouTube, where they cover the Jason Mraz hit 'I Won't Give Up' -

Posts from their fans include: "New Zealand has so much talent, and you boys are so very talented! Proud to be a Kiwi. Go Hard Boys" (Leela); and "Heard many groups but this honestly blew me away, different voices blending so well and never heard the original but don’t need to cause hooked on this cover!" (Tyson).

Titanium’s debut single ‘Come On Home’ written by Vince Harder "is about reminiscing about those good times we have with our loved ones, and having them by our side", Harder explains.

The Edge will have Titanium LIVE in the studio this Friday to debut the single at 7am, when it will be available for online purchase.

With a growing fan base like Poppy Jones who says "Titanium is going to be the next 1D", the boys are hoping this support sees ‘Come On Home’ rocket to number one on NZ Charts.

"Making number one on the chart means everything to these boys," says Emily Hancox, Marketing Manager for The Edge.

"They’ve put in the hard work, giving up their jobs and study which demonstrates their drive and commitment - and the $10,000 cash they’ll walk away with if ‘Come On Home’ makes number one may also be an incentive."

Owing their formation to a nationwide search via the recent competition, The Edge Boy Band with KFC Krushers; TK, Haydn, Zac, Jordi, Shaq and Andrew who form the six members of Titanium are all entertainers in their own right. They have been performing as part of choirs, theatre productions and solo artists since their days at high school.

18-year-old Zac Taylor hails from Whakatane and has been performing most of his life. "When I was 4 or 5 I was watching McDonald’s Young Entertainers on telly and told mum that’s what I wanted to do. So I’ve spent most of my life trying to achieve this". Over the last six years Zac has been involved in a number of musical productions but one of his biggest achievements was winning the NZ leg of The Voice of McDonald’s, a global employee initiative which saw him travel to Singapore for the Asia Pacific Regional’s and qualify for the World Finals in the U.S.

It wasn’t until Year 11 at high school when he was encouraged to give Theatre Sports a go, that the now 18-year-old Jordi Webber gained confidence in his acting and musical abilities. In the three years that have followed, Jordi has gone on to earn the lead roles in several musical productions at his high school.

UK born Haydn Linsley is the late bloomer of the group. Although music has always been a huge part of his life (his Grandfather (Tony Hatch) wrote the theme track for Australian TV series ‘Neighbours’ and worked alongside Frank Sinatra), the now 19-year-old didn’t start singing until November last year. "Music runs in our blood. Mum found great joy from music and encouraged us all to play an instrument. I always knew I wanted to be a singer but was too shy". Haydn overcame his shyness at a small gig in Hastings last year and then moved to Wellington to pursue his music. However finding a job in the current economic climate hasn’t been easy and so for the last five months Haydn has made his living by busking.

Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma is the quiet one in the group who communicates through his mesmerising performances. "I’ve always loved performing, as far back as when I was three years old when I would perform Michael Jackson covers to the folks. But it wasn’t until I turned 15 that I had enough courage to perform to others outside family." When he’s not wowing audiences with his vocal skills, the 18-year-old mesmerises them with his dancing. Last year, he won a local Hamilton talent competition.

Aucklander Andrew Papas started singing at the age of 11 through a school musical and was selected for the National Youth Theatre Company with whom he performed for over seven years. Earlier this year, 18-year-old Andrew represented New Zealand at the World Championships of Performing Arts (50 countries from all over the world) and won three Gold Medals (in the Pop, Original and Jazz categories) as well as making the top six finalists. Andrew has already recorded and self-released two solo singles and music videos.

As the oldest member of the group, TK plays a pivotal role in binding the group vocally. Originally from Zimbabwe, TK’s journey into the world of music was by "Friends heard me singing randomly and got me to join the school choir and the music teacher was so impressed she ended up giving me the lead." In 2006, TK and his family left Zimbabwe and moved to Wellington. Three years later TK won the singing competition as part of Telethon and used the prize package to fund the release of his debut single ‘Mr Liar’. Since then he has continued to self produce his own music and earlier this year released his first album, ‘Wallpaper’ as a free download.

All the members of Titanium have already put in years of hard work in forming their respective musical careers and it’s this experience, drive and commitment which make them an exciting group to watch.

Get ready New Zealand, Titanium is here and they were born to entertain.

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