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Her mom listened to a lot of Patsy Cline while Manteris grew up in Las Vegas.

"I wanted to be her, but I had this high voice of a little girl," she said.

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The Merchant Royal performs

Want to catch a live show? Check the band out at the Green Pig Pub,31 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, Thursday, June 13, at 9:30 p.m.

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Manteris, 29, now has an inviting, compelling voice that is equally suited to rock anthem or blues ballad.

She and Arnold had been playing together, and about a year ago found bassist Schultz. In October, Schultz asked Gloschat to join.

"We couldn’t be a rock band without drums," Schultz said.

They came up with their name — after a British ship that sank with more than a billion dollars’ worth of gold and silver on it, making it one of the most valuable shipwrecks of all time — after Schultz looked around for historical or notable events.

The name stuck, and the easy collaboration and driven dedication made the band stick, too.

Members practice as much as they can, coming together anywhere from five to 20 hours a week, depending on their work and school schedules.

They hope to work hard enough and perform enough to get recognized like Utah bands such as Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons.

"This isn’t just a hobby or something for us to do in our spare time," Schultz said. "This is a serious, big venture for us. This is what we want to do for the rest of our lives."

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