Gentlemen Hall Wins Billboard’s Battle of the Bands Contest

Gentlemen Hall drove to Billboard & Chevy’s Battle of the Bands live showdown at Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience on Wednesday (May 18) knowing they were up against tough competition from the five other finalists chosen by voters — especially California’s sweet-voiced AJ Rafael and his vocal supporters. But the Boston rockers eked out the win on the force of a charismatic double-vocalist assault that swayed the evening’s MC, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath and the panel of Billboard and music industry judges.