YouTube stars May Arcade to launch new song at Johnston Press Awards

TWO singing cousins who turned internet sensations are planning to unleash new material at an awards ceremony.

Sophie Vaughan and Leanne Orr – better known as May Arcade – sprang to fame when their Geordie versions of hit songs became an internet sensation on video sharing site YouTube.

Tonight the pair will be performing a new track at the Johnston Press Awards – which recognises achievements in the newspaper group, which includes the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail – at Oulton Hall in Leeds.

Sophie, 26, said: “We’re really excited to perform at the awards ceremony. It’s only the second time we’ve ever played in Leeds, so it should be really good.

“Our third song is going to be brand new material. We’ve written the words and the music, so it’s a bit nerve wracking and we’re hoping people will enjoy it.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how well our songs go down, because a lot of the people there won’t be Geordie, so we might be able to teach them a few new words.”

May Arcade, made up fo Leanne Orr, right, and Sophie Vaughan, have racked up thousands of views with their Geordie cover of All About The Bass.

May Arcade, made up fo Leanne Orr, right, and Sophie Vaughan, have racked up thousands of views with their Geordie cover of All About The Bass.

Listen to more songs from May Arcade:

•Let it Gan – Parody of Let It Go from Frozen

•Santa Pet – Parody of Santa Baby

•Cover of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

It’s going to be interesting to see how well our songs go down, because a lot of the people there won;t be Geordie, so we might be able to teach them a few new words.

Sophie Vaughan, singer from May Arcade

The pair first shot to fame two years ago with their first track Call Me Da’lin, a Geordie cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, which went viral with four million hits on You Tube.

Just before Christmas they released a northern version of the song Let It Go from the Disney Movie Frozen, and that’s been seen by 208,000 people.

The girls will be releasing their new song in the next few weeks, for all of their fans to enjoy.

Sophie added: “It’s just all up in the air at the moment. “We will be recording a video, like our others, but everything is happening at once. We haven’t got an official date just yet – but it will be soon.”

Read more about May Arcade:

•Girls become internet sensation with Geordie cover of All About That Bass

•YouTube sensations aim to become festive hit

•May Arcade record Let It Gan – Geordie cover of Frozen’s Let It Go