Austria may be known as the classical music center of the world, but make no mistake – Cornerstone is here to rock! The band, composed of Alina Peter (Vocals, Guitars), Michael Wachelhofer (Bass, Keyboard, Vocals), Steve Wachelhofer (Guitar, Vocals) and Christoph Karas (Drums, Percussion), got signed by the US-based label ATOM Records back in 2008 and have done numerous tours through Europe and America. Cornerstone was able to do a mixture of headlining club shows and shared larger stages with acts such as The Animals, John Waite (Bad English, The Babys), New Model Army, and American singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines, to name a few. Cornerstone won the “Next Big Thing Contest”, hosted by Alternative Addiction, in March 2008. The press has been extremely favourable to the band’s blend of 80’s rock, mixed with the harder edge of today’s alternative rock sounds. After the release of the debut album “Head Over Heels” in fall 2008, reviews and interviews with the band were published in magazines like Powerplay, Fireworks and Classic Rock Magazine. Some of their songs were included in the motion-picture soundtrack for the film “Little Alien”, which was shown in cinema back in fall 2009 and on television.
After they released their sophomore album “Somewhere in America” in 2011, the band also appeared on numerous UK-Radio programs such as the Steve Price Show and BBC Radio. In the beginning of 2012, their ballade “Right or Wrong” won an award as “Ballad of the year”, chosen by British Rock Realms Magazine. In their home country of Austria Cornerstone has been introduced by ORF Radio OE3, Radio Arabella, Welle 1 and Radio 88.6 – the biggest national radiostations – and performed in several TV-shows. Beyond that, the band did several shows in Austria, the surrounding countries and in the UK, where Cornerstone participated in the biggest rock-events of the country, such as the Cambridge Rock Festival, the Rock and Bike Fest, or the Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool. In 2013, Cornerstone released their version of the Eighties-hit “Smalltown Boy” (by Bronski Beat), that appeared in the charts. All the proceeds for this single went to the “Room to Breathe”-campaign, a charity organization for the research and treatment of the immunodeficiency disease cystic fibrosis at the Nottingham City Hospital. 2016 Cornerstone released their third studio album “Reflections”, which was produced in collaboration with Harry Hess (Harem Scarem, Billy Talent, Muse, …) in Canada. The band is going to tour through Europe again, including United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and of course Austria. There will also be a few more concerts with Gary Howard (Flying Pickets, Alan Parsons Project). With their power ballad “Whatever”, composed by Alina Peter and Michael Wachelhofer, they participated in the pre-voting for the wildcard of the Eurovision Song Contest and achieved #4, the contest was hosted by the Austrian Broadcast Company (ORF).