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Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
2014 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.
This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.
ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.
2014 ISC judges include: Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced...
Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.
link: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.
ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.
Founder and Director Candace Avery states, "It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents and awarded the due respect for their accomplishments. This year we have awarded the ISC Grand Prize to a Jazz artist, and we applaud the importance of this genre in our musical landscape. The recipient, Shunzo Ohno, greatly deserves this honor, and ISC is proud to bestow this award on him."
Shunzo Ohno is a virtuosic jazz trumpeter and an accomplished composer and arranger. Ohno has performed with jazz legends Art Blakey & The Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy winning recordings.
Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, he is a testament to determination and courage, even inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.
For a more in-depth bio on Ohno, please go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pressreleases
ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $35,000 in merchandise and services. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, and many more.
For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
link: International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners
Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014
Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.
Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.
AMERICANA - Stick Around
David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)
CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song
Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)
COUNTRY - Breathe
Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)
Miss You Anywhere
SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)
GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN MUSIC - Calling Out
Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)
PERFORMANCE - When I Found You
Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)
POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite
Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)
RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water
(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)
TEEN - Homework
Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)
Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.
In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.
Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.
ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.
link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition
Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014
Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.
The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.
The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.
Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.
Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.
Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.
We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.
link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com
Monday, Sep 30th, 2013
PATTY GRIFFIN'S UNRELEASED, SOUGHT-AFTER ALBUM, 'SILVER BELL' FINALLY READY TO RING AT RETAIL COURTESY OF UME
Recorded in 2000, Griffin's "Lost" 'Silver Bell' Album Features "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2," Later Covered by Dixie Chicks.
"Patty's voice became my favorite voice the moment I heard her sing, and Silver Bell is one brilliant song after the next. I have loved this album for 13 years and didn't think it could get better, but it has. This version has that incredible voice front and center where it always belongs." - Natalie Maines
"There's a whole lot of singing/That's never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word," sings Patty Griffin in "Top Of The World," a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red. The album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will be released for the first time on October 8 by Universal Music Enterprises across all major digital and physical music retailers.
Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on "Truth #2."
Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.
Through the years, Griffin's original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne.
Since parting with A&M, Griffin has continued her successful, critically-acclaimed career, releasing 1000 Kisses (2002, ATO Records), Impossible Dream (2004, ATO Records), Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records), the GRAMMY® Award winning Downtown Church (2010, Credential Recordings), and her latest album, American Kid, released in May (New West Records).
link: PATTY GRIFFIN'S UNRELEASED, SOUGHT-AFTER ALBUM, 'SILVER BELL'
Saturday, Sep 14th, 2013
Self produced 8/10.
In a way Oz Knozz reminds me of the old Schlotzsky's commercial, "funny name, serious sandwich". Not that the last album production was bad but this one is downright impressive thanks to having Brian Baker on board as engineer...
link: read more of Oz Knozz - True Believer reviewed by Alexander Dorian
Thursday, Sep 5th, 2013
UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2013 WINNERS
Grand Prize Is Awarded To Canadian Country Artist Wes Mack
August 29, 2013 - The winners of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today, representing ten genres of contemporary music. With 22 winners and 100 Honorable Mentions, the US-based competition awards over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $10,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner.
The overall Grand Prize winner is awarded to rising Canadian country artist Wes Mack. His song "Duet" was the overwhelming favorite with the judges who predict a great future for this young and promising unsigned artist. From the silver screen as a film and television star to sold-out performances with Florida Georgia Line, Wes Mack is quickly taking the world of country music by storm. Influenced by artists as diverse as Hank Williams and The Beatles, Mack says, "I would always listen to those tapes with my parents on long road trips through the mountains. That's where I learned the melodies and storytelling which influences me today." As an actor, Mack has built up an impressive resume, including his recurring role in the CBC Western drama, Heartland, playing an up-and-coming country musician. In the past year, Mack has been writing and recording his music in Vancouver and Nashville, and his first single "Duet," featuring Carly McKillip of One More Girl, is currently charting on Canadian country radio.
The judging panel consists of iconic recording artists Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Iggy Pop; Neon Trees; Hunter Hayes; Cyndi Lauper; Dustin Lynch; Carly Simon; Brandi Carlile; John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Of Monsters And Men; David Crowder; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); G. Love; Craig Morgan; Jason Gray; Ryan Bingham; Aaron Shust; and The Mountain Goats. Judges also include a group of influential music journalists and editors from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, The Washington Post, and Spin.
Unsigned Only honors artists who are unsigned to a major record label and acts as a benchmark for excellence in this arena of contemporary music. Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. In addition to offering prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a prestigious judging panel, Unsigned Only takes it a step further and offers the Grand Prize winner the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be mentored by and directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals. Mentors include presidents and top-level executives from Universal Republic, Capitol, Vagrant, RCA, Bad Boy Entertainment, Disney Music Group, Atlantic, Sony, Big Machine, Word, and G-Unit.
Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, "With more than 9,000 entries from all over the world, the competition was so competitive, and the finalists impressed the judges with the immense talent displayed. We owe a great thank-you to our dedicated judges who demonstrated their critical knowledge of music in selecting this year's winners, and we are proud to recognize these winners. We are excited to now present our Grand Prize winner to our group of mentors, and we anticipate the experience to be beneficial."
Other winners include:
Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
First Place: Streets of Laredo (Auckland, New Zealand) - "Girlfriend"
Second Place: Skipping Girl Vinegar (Melbourne, Vic, Australia) - "Chase The Sun"
Adult Contemporary (AC)
First Place: Jerzy Jung (Haddon Township, NJ) - "I Hope"
Second Place: Mikey Wax (Syosset, NY, USA) - "Counting On You"
First Place: Paul Stephens (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Wonder"
Second Place: Skyhawk Drive (Greencastle, PA, USA) - "Whisper"
First Place: Fairchild Brothers (Toronto, ON, Canada) - "I Have Your Touch"
Second Place: Rachel Honza (Nederland, TX, USA) - "Anonymous"
First Place: Heymun (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - "By Sea"
Second Place: Ben Glover (Glenarn, Northern Ireland) - "Melodies of Midnight"
First Place: Ginger And The Ghost (Sydney, NSW, Australia) - "Where Wolf"
Second Place: Miracle Bell (Dublin, Ireland) - Love Sounds
First Place: Teri 'Lyric' Green (Crown Point, IN, USA) - Death Of A Poet
Second Place: Tia P. (Inglewood, CA, USA) - I'm Already Tomorrow"
First Place: The Deans (Galway, Ireland) - "Lonely Like Me"
Second Place: Stefan Weiner (Northampton, MA, USA) - "Say I'm Strong"
First Place: Darla Beaux (Las Vegas, NV, USA) - "Rebel Soul"
Second Place: Lena Fayre (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Silver"
First Place: Nehemie (Miami, FL, USA) - "Tainted Love"
Second Place: Nikisha Reyes (London, England) - "So Cold"
Unsigned Only is sponsored by Sony Creative Software, Disc Makers, David Bean Photography, D'Addario, Mrs. Fields Cookies, The Music Business Registry, Celebrity Access, and CAD Audio.
For more information and to view the list of winners and Honorable Mentions, go to www.unsignedonly.com.
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Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
Name: David Ruhl
The Rock Center Band Rehearsal Studios has 40 monthly rooms when available and 4 hourly rooms with drums, PA and amps. Never a deposit or monthly contract at the RC! Call the RC main line 713-981-6555, call or text cell 713-894-1923, e-mail email@example.com or check out www.rockcenterhouston.com!!!
Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
Name: Don Lackey
The Fabulou s Sixties Tribute Band based in Houston Texas is currently seeking experienced front man and lead vocalist. This is a 60's tribute act utilizing live players with digital backing tracks. Agency relations in place and venues to include casinos, cruise ships, and Corporate engagements. If you are an experienced front man and love the music of the 60's...we want to talk to you! Beatles, Rolling Stones, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman's Hermits, Buckinghams, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and musch more!
Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
Name: Level One Band Productions, LLC
Level One Band Productions, LLC is in search of female singers due to an overflow of work. Level One Band performs more than 48 weekends a year. The ideal candidates will be of a quick study and well versed in Top 40 dance band repertoire. If you can meet the minimum requirements listed below please contact the owner Reginald Wheatley (281) 989-9516 or email RW@LevelOneBand.com For more information visit our Facebook page "Leveloneband Kingwood" or website www.leveloneband.com 1. Professionalism 2. Promptness 3. Must have Stage Wardrobe 4. Dependable Transportation 5. Sing Lead & Background Harmonies 6. Learn New Material within 7 Days 7. Must be currently Employed Phone: (281) 989-9516 Email: RW@LevelOneBand.com
Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
Bassist needed for established local indie rock band that is doing well in Houston (nominations, radio play on 94.5/90.1, good reviews, etc.) Influences include Flaming Lips, Radiohead. Must have your own gear and be willing to play shows out of town.
Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Name: D.Score Studios
Seeking all Band/Musicians/Artists from all Genres. There are a number of music opportunities for Band/Musicians/Artists today, but is the thing that is holding you back is a good sounding mix? Then thatâ€™s where I am here to help. I am a professional Audio Engineer. I have mixed all genres of music including all varieties of pop, rock, country, hip/hop, r&b, and much more. I work with a network of Licensing opportunities, Record Labels, Blogs, Press, Management, Festivals, and Radio Contest opportunities that can help you catapult your music career or supplement your financial income! Email me for more details! Please place â€˜Opportunitiesâ€™ in the subject line. Look forward to working with you real soon.
Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
STR PRODUCTIONS: We are a SoundÃ¢â‚¬Â¢LightÃ¢â‚¬Â¢Stage company that can handle any environment. From big Venue Arena style, to small clubs. We have all t op of the line Pro Audio and intelligent lighting. We will work with any budget. We also have some if the best techs in Houston. We can even come out and run YOUR gear for you too. Inquire me by email or phone.
Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Looking for a bassist and guitarist or keyboardist for a Dream Theater/Frost*/Plini style cover band. Only 1 Guitar and Drums as of now, both of us have 10 years playing experience in different styles. We are also working on writing our own music. No shows planned as of now.
Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Name: Chris G.
Hey rockers, The StraitUp Band is back in the music Sean were getting ready for Spring break and for Fiesta week San Antonio come April. We play classic Rock and some funk aand some oldies, we play what the crowd wants to hear.We need a Drummer that will stay in the pocket, if u have back up vocals ability that a big plus. If u can commit please email me or call me for a song list. The Thank you for hou time and Rock onn.
Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Name: Amy G
I am looking to form a folk rock band with these instruments: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, drums, harmonica, lead guitar
Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Name: Duran Duran Tribute
As the title say, looking to form a Duran Duran Tribute. So far no one has done it right except for another band in So. Cal. This is a professional project that takes time and patience. Please have an interest and be familiar with their musical sound, voice, and instrumentation. Looking for a Simon, Nick, and Andy. I'm in my 40's, family, and job etc. Interested? UPDATE: We have John, Roger, and possibly Simon. Really need a solid keys (Nick). Good job guys! Meeting & music sounded great on 12/14!
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Saturday, Jan 10, 2015
Prairie Rose Club
32015 SH 249 Ste#108
Pinehurst, TX 77362