Attention Singer/Songwriters! You Can Enter the YouBloom 2011 Song Contest
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:51:09
Imagine this scenario: You're a budding singer/songwriter or you're in a band and all you want is to be heard by someone who knows music, provide some constructive criticism, and maybe help you catch a break. You live someplace on the edge of the world, like Cork or Slovenia or Shanghai or Juneau, or, for that matter, Chicago, so making the trek to audition for a national talent contest either just isn't in the cards, or you're not really looking for that kind of razzle-dazzle. You just want to be an artist, right? Well, I've got good news for you.
You can enter the 2011 YouBloom Song Contest, the annual internet-based competition conceived by YouBloom founder Phil Harrington and musician/songwriter Bob Geldof. Harrington and Geldof, along with A&R man Nigel Grainge (The Waterboys, Sinead O'Connor, The Boomtown Rats, World Party and Steve Miller Band), songwriter/producer Rupert Hine (Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks) and record producer Damion "Damizza" Young (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Mariah Carey) have joined together to offer their experience and guidance, instincts, contacts, knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the music biz, and their ears to singer/songwriters and bands from all over the world who submit an audio performance of an original song to the YouBloom website.
The 2011 YouBloom Song Contest, now in its second year, has just begun taking song submissions, and all details are posted at www.youbloom.com. Stop reading and start entering. What are you waiting for?
Last year's grand prize YouBloom Song Contest winner, pop/folk singer/songwriter Neev Kennedy, and the three Grand Finalists, will be honored at a special YouBloom LIVE awards event and live performance showcase at the Cobden Club in London on February 10. Geldof, Harrington, and Grainge will present Kennedy with a Grand Prize trophy plus a cash prize of €10,000 (£8,500), and fans will get an in-concert taste of Kennedy and Grand Finalists soul/R&B artist Renny C, rock/pop singer/songwriter Marina V, and indie rockers Intermission. Also playing on the night will be Her and The Colours, Quilla Constance, Joseph Dean Osgood and The Guilty Ones.
"Song contests have been done before a million times, but this isn't X Factor or American Idol,'" said Geldof about YouBloom's special nature. "That's great television and entertainment and can find spectacular voices, but we would like to find the songwriters and let their peers decide their value and thus their audience. It's not quite the re-invention of the wheel, just a little push of the same wheel for those who should be heard. Last year, our first year, our model proved itself in a suitably modest way. The contestants liked it. Thousands participated. Maybe millions will vote this year, but even if they don't, some good music and artists have already come out of it, and that's what we set out to do. Who knows where it will go?"
Nigel Grainge, the man who found so many of our more famous songs and signed and developed the artists, said, "The essential A&R function of record companies is disappearing now that talent spotting logic is being left to the web. We're allowing the audience to find and sift the talent as was done in the past and decide which artists will develop. That's the key. We can offer some guidance, given that we're all ancient, but that's about it. It'll be interesting at least. I'm looking forward to seeing what turns up."
Are you an aspiring artist who wants to enter YouBloom 2011? Do it! Best of luck.