Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 5, 2006
America's Hot Musician, the new "American Idol-like" show for musicians set to debut in January 2007, is in talks with rock and roll legend Little Richard to become one of the show's three judges.
Little Richard, who dubbed himself "the originator", "the emancipator" and" the architect of rock and roll" with vocal hits like "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly", defined the dynamic sound of rock and roll. In addition, he is an exciting pianist whose legendary charismatic personality is tailor-made for this trendy television genre most identified with the program American Idol and its outspoken judge Simon Cowell.
"We are excited about the possibility of Little Richard judging the show because he exemplifies what is perhaps missing in today's market with respect to the lack of instrumental stars" , says Susan Veres, executive director of American Youth Symphony (AYS) which is producing the competition show.
"We are trying to tap into the psyche of the MTV/Hip Hop Generation and gain their interest in instrumental performance by showcasing musicians who not only possess musical ability, but who demonstrate a marketable presence that can lure young audiences, a young Little Richard if you will", says Gregory Charles Royal, the show's creative producer, AYS artistic director, and a former member of the Grammy Award winning Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Would be stars, ages 16-28, are currently registering for the show at http://www.americashotmusician.org amidst a solid internet and high school recruitment campaign.
The competition will be held in Los Angeles,CA; Austin,TX; Minneapolis,MN; Columbus, OH; and Washington, DC beginning in September 2006 and the show will air in January, 2007 on Comcast.
AYS is also planning a weekly PodCast on iTunes and a Webcast on the http://www.americashotmusician.org website. The winner will receive a one year recording contract. The remaining judges will be announced in the coming weeks.