Announces Winner In Best Music Video Contest

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Matt Clarke is the Winner with His Inspiring Anti-drunk Driving Music Video

Matt Clarke - etalentshowcase contest winner
While behind bars, he knew he had only 1 option: Turning this negative into a positive. So since his release, Clarke has made it a mission to spread his anti-drunk driving message through whatever medium possible.

More and more bands are producing great music videos. But not enough are getting the exposure they deserve. eTalentShowcase challenged its members to submit their best work and get seen by professionals in the music industry. An amazing panel of judges chose 10 finalists from thousands of submissions and then the fans took over to decide who would make it to the final round of 3. In the final stage the 3 most popular music videos were carefully reviewed by our Music Industry Experts to determine the winner.

The top three Music Videos submitted to the judges were Matt Clarke and his video “Take My Keys”, Providence for their video “Bled Dry” and Alana Lee for the video “Synchronize”. All three videos received at least one vote and great feedback from our panel of Music Industry Experts. But Matt Clarke proved to be the favorite with a majority of votes.

Edward Olimpio, VP of eTalentShowcase added, "after Matt won the contest we learned of the inspiring story behind behind the song and his making of the music video, which we want to help share and spread the word". Matt Clarke knows all too well the dangers of drunk driving and its life-altering consequences. He knows because he lives with the guilt of it every single day. Six years ago, the Arlington native was behind the wheel of his 2001 Mercury Sable, driving erratically from Lexington when his car struck a curb, careened over a stone wall and into the side of a house.

He woke up at the Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston with a broken neck, fractured skull and the sobering news that he had just killed his best friend, Paul Leone, also a student at Arlington High. Clarke was charged with vehicular homicide and sentenced to prison. While behind bars, he knew he had only 1 option: Turning this negative into a positive. So since his release, Clarke has made it a mission to spread his anti-drunk driving message through whatever medium possible. He’s been a guest speaker at numerous local-area high schools, and his music video “Take My Keys” is gaining in popularity. Read more about Matt's story by clicking here.

eTalentShowcase would also like to thank the amazing judges that reviewed the videos and offered valuable services as part of the prize package. The judges in the contest included Marc Swersky of Monocentric Music. For more than 25 years, Marc Swersky has collaborated with some of the top artists and writers in the music business. His albums have sold in excess of 50 million copies and he is a two-time Grammy Award Winner songwriter.

Jim Testa of Jersey Beat. an independently published music fanzine covering punk, alternative, ska, techno and garage music. For the past 30 years, the Jersey Beat music fanzine has been the authority on the latest upcoming bands and a resource for all those interested in rock and roll.

Matt Valuzzi of Inspire Me Pictures also served as a judge. Inspire Me Pictures is a full-service, independent production company that focuses on creating high-quality videos for commercial, corporate or private use.

Phil Garland of Hit Play Records. HitPlay Records was formed in 2008 by gold record producer and major label recording artist Phil Garland. HitPlay records are distributed by RED MUSIC, a division of SONY Music Entertainment. was founded to give emerging artists a place to highlight their talents and be seen by industry leaders. The company organizes their “best of” contests to encourage artists to present their very best work since many executives and talent scouts search the site for their upcoming auditions and bookings. provides a platform for models, actors, musicians, comedians and business leaders who can go to the site and post headshots, resumes, performing reels and videos. The site offers job listings, free profiles, original content, contests and a base of active, engaged fans.

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