(PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Iranian singer, Jadd Ryan (real name Sajjad Taherian), topped the first ever BEAT100 Covers Music Video Chart with his version of One Republic’s, “Feel Again”. The reoccurring BEAT100 winner received over 1,500 votes and 5,000 views on his entry; five times the amount of views Jadd’s video received on YouTube. Jadd’s upload was given a BEAT100 Gold Song Award and Silver Video Award, along with a massive amount of support from BEAT100 users and fans. Jadd received positive and supportive comments on his video from fellow users, such as, “You were born with a gift from God” and “You’re storming up the chart, keep it up”.
Although the country-influenced singer just received his third win on BEAT100, the journey itself has not been so easy. “Doing music is kind of a crime [in Iran]”, says Jadd. “I had everything taken away from me from the Iranian government, but that was never enough to stop me loving and doing my music”. Jadd plans to pursue his dream to be a country musician despite his restrictions, and uses BEAT100 to help him achieve his goal. “What I’m really looking for is to be seen in the international market”, says Jadd, who believes that the Internet is the best way to do this. “I’m so happy that I could make it to first place, even though the Internet is so shaky and slow. BEAT100 has been such a great journey”.
Second place was filled by the Irish 4-piece band, Falling Feet First, featuring Therese Knopp, with their cover of “Secrets” by One Republic. With Kevin McMahon on vocals and rhythm guitar, Eric Murphy on lead guitar, Colin Murphy on Drums and Conor Phelan on bass, the foursome received just under 1,500 votes and 5,000 views on their entry, along with a BEAT100 Bronze Performance Award.
Although the pop-punk band uploaded a cover, Falling Feet First predominately perform original music and have appeared at various live events, such as, The Irish Youth Music Awards, Navan 2012 Summer Music Showcase, and Balcony TV. “A guy told us that they thought we’d do well if we joined BEAT100. As a result, we have boosted our audience significantly, both on YouTube and Facebook”, say Falling Feet First. “We have made contact with many up and coming musicians, like ourselves, all of whom cover a very wide range of styles. This has been a great experience for us and has really allowed us to advance as musicians and gather a following”.
Germany-based guitarist, Sven Ist Dichtero (username, Sorios), placed third with his cover of Sum 41’s, “The Hell Song”. The 20-year-old musician received over 1,000 votes and 3,400 views on his BEAT100 entry, along with the support of many users. Fans wrote, “wow, so good”, “voting for you every day” and “great cover”, among several other supportive comments, on his BEAT100 video.
All three winners will continue to pour themselves into their music and plan to upload into the BEAT100 Music Video Charts once again in the near future.
BE SEEN – BE HEARD – BE REWARDED
By Kelly Donovan