“I look at it as an amazing opportunity to work with an artist that’s coming into the industry with a fresh perspective." Jacquire King
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) July 16, 2010
NewSong Music is proud to announce Early Bird finalists have been selected for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest – one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters that spans an array of genres, and includes regional rounds. While the Earlybirds have been selected, there are still two more rounds to go – and the Regional Rounds deadline is approaching on August 6th.
Rebecca Jordan of Brooklyn, New York and David Berkeley of Bainbridge Island, Washington are this year’s “Early Bird” General Round finalists. Their winning entries can be found on the NewSong Web site at http://www.newsong-music.com/contest/
“These are two wonderful entrants that really exemplify the spirit of this contest” said Gar Ragland, director and co-founder of NewSong Music. “We’re extraordinarily excited about the quality of entries that we’re getting this year. And, just like the Earlybirds, we want to remind everyone that the regional finalists will also be selected separately.”
In addition to the NewSong Contest’s General Round, six regional rounds are open to artists across North America. Ten regional round finalists will be selected for each region, who then compete in the contest’s ‘virtual’live rounds using YouTube videos. From these videos, judges will select a winner from each region to advance to the finals.
Ultimately, from the Earlybird Finalists, the Regional Finalists and the General Round Finalists the 2010 contest winner will be selected to compete in a live performance competition on October 22 at the Wintergarden in New York City, for the opportunity to record an EP with 2010 Grammy winning producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones). This EP will be released on the NewSong Recordings label.
In addition, the winner will perform on an internationally broadcast Mountain Stage (NPR) show, and will receive 1,000 copies of the completed disc.
The NewSong Contest is accepting submissions at https://contest.newsong-music.com/. Submissions start at $30 per song, with discounts for multiple submissions. The final deadline for submissions is September 13th. However, the Regional Round deadline is August 6th.
NewSong is an independent music organization. Its mission is to both build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill, while identifying truly exceptional artists within this community and introducing their music to a broader, international audience.
For the first time ever, NewSong contestants not only have the opportunity to perform on Mountain Stage, but to work with a Grammy award-winning producer. Jacquire King, who has produced records for Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Norah Jones and Tom Waits will be working with this year’s winner on a 5 song EP. “I’m very proud to be associated with NewSong,” said King. “I look at it as an amazing opportunity to work with an artist that’s coming into the industry with a fresh perspective. One of the things that I enjoy most about producing, is spending the time to get to know the artist, especially one that is developing their first recording. It’s usually something they’ve been developing their whole life – and my job is to find what’s special about that artist and their performance”.
The winner of this year’s contest will also perform live on an internationally broadcast Mountain Stage (NPR) show. “The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest has brought a lot of exceptional talent to our attention,” said Larry Groce, Mountain Stage Host and Artistic Director. “And, it’s not only the winners – but many finalists have appeared on Mountain Stage over the years including Ingrid Michaelson, Diana Jones, Anais Mitchell, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson. The fact that the contestants are judged by their song, as well as their performances equally makes it very appealing to us.”
About NewSong Music
NewSong Music is an independent music organization with the following two-fold mission: to build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists within this community and to work closely with them to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience. You can find out more about NewSong at http://www.newsong-music.com
About Mountain Stage
Mountain Stage is a two-hour live performance showcase distributed each week by NPR and Voice of America and featuring some of the world’s greatest singers, songwriters and musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. Guests are musical legends, well-known artists, and emerging performers. Each week week five acts perform on Mountain Stage, usually two or three who were not born when the show began in 1983.
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