Mercy College Hosts The Top Ten Finalists Of Discovered Unsigned Artist Competition During Live Concert On April 30

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Winner to Receive Professionally-Produced Album and Access to Producer, Engineers and Studio Musicians

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By harnessing the power and reach of the Internet, we have been able to generate a terrific online response to Discovered -- and the caliber of talent that we have attracted in our first year of the competition is extremely exciting.

Ten aspiring singers chosen as finalists from across the nation will come together at Mercy College on Saturday, April 30 to perform in a live concert for the chance to be crowned the winner of the inaugural Discovered, the unsigned artist competition. The performances will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Mercy College Lecture Hall, Main Hall Building, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

Discovered is a new competition designed to help “discover” and promote up-and-coming artists across the country, by providing them with a stream-lined avenue for getting their music professionally produced.

“By harnessing the power and reach of the Internet, we have been able to generate a terrific online response to Discovered -- and the quantity of submissions and the caliber of talent that we have attracted in our first year of the competition is extremely exciting,” said Paul Steinman, Director of Mercy College’s Music Industry and Technology Program, which is sponsoring the contest.

Earlier this year, aspiring singers from across the United States were invited to submit entries for Discovered by uploading videos of their performances to a special contest site. The public then got a chance to vote online from more than 200 individual submissions -- first selecting their Top 24 favorites
and then choosing the final ten finalists -- all of whom will be performing live on the Mercy stage on April 30. Each Discovered contestant is vying for the chance to win a professionally-produced album, with the help of a talented team of producers, engineers and studio musicians.

The Discovered Top 10 finalists hail from locations including East Meadow, Eastchester, Poughkeepsie, and Yonkers, New York; and Butler, Manalapan, Mountain Lakes and Wayne, New Jersey. The aspiring artists represent all types of musical styles, ranging from Contemporary to Hip-Hop and Pop, and include performers from as young as 15-years old to 24-years old, and include a past Top 24 American Idol contestant.

The Top 10 finalists’ performances will be judged and the winner selected live by a panel of acclaimed music industry veterans, including: Grammy award-winner, multi-platinum producer/engineer, Barry Eastman; well-known songwriter, Nina Ossoff, who has written songs for former American Idol contestants, including Daughtry; and the aforementioned Paul Steinman, studio owner, composer and Director of Mercy’s Music Industry and Technology Program.

Tickets to the first Discovered concert on April 30 are $20 a piece and can be purchased online at http://discovered.ticketleap.com/live/ .

See the contestants’ videos on Tumblr: http://mercycollegediscovered.tumblr.com/

Go to http://www.mercy.edu to find out more.

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