|October 2014 Winners
Congrats to the October 2014 Make A Star winners.
Best Song: Lynda Law “I Don’t Want Your Love”
Lynda Law is a British soul singer who has been active singing in dance and pop-soul music since the 1990s. “I Don’t Want Your Love” is her first Make A Star win.
Music Video: Gylepomp “Burnout”
Gylepomp is a ‘onemanjamband’ who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on instrumental recordings that venture wildly through the musical realms of rock to jazz. The talented German musician has won many instrumental Make A Star titles over the years but this is his first Music Video win for the hard rocking guitar riffs of “Burnout”.
Rap Battle Playoff: Insolence
Insolence aka Simon Suh is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He brings some deep and conscious rhymes to the game with his playoff winning performance “Anger of Existence: Racism”.
Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff: Manogna
Manogna is a young woman from Hyderabad, India. She takes the $100 playoff winner prize first in the a cappella contest by singing Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”.
Duo or Band: Jim & Nica “I Will Be Faithful”
Jimmy Jandaya and Ronica Contreras are a duo from the Philippines. “I Will Be Faithful” is a Christian wedding song written by Bonn Robles and performed by Jim & Nica. This is their first Make A Star win.
Male Solo Artist: Peter Holmqvist “Soul Longing Blues”
Peter Holmqvist is a Swedish guitarist and composer raised on the blues-influenced rock of The Rolling Stones and Neil Young. Playing guitar with a high level of technique is not easy, and Peter overcame years of pain in his hands and arms with persistence to master the intricacies of blues guitar. While still holding down a day job Peter has played live with several bands and composed his own songs on both acoustic and electric guitar.
Instrumental: Daniel Haight “You and Me Together”
Daniel Haight musical life began with church choirs and piano and eventually led him to begin composing on computers. Since then, he has been continuing to perfect his craft using software such as Fruity Loops Studio. This is Daniel’s first MakeAStar win.
Rap Battle: TaEager
India’s TaEager formed a hip-hop and EDM influenced group with friends from his university engineering classes. Previous winners in the Music Video and Best Song contests, he goes solo with this rap battle performance and advances to the next playoff.
Sing in 30 Seconds: Yasmin
Yasmin is a singer from Germany. She wins her first Make A Star title with this version of Passenger’s hit song ‘Holes’. Watch for her in the next playoff round.
|September 2014 Winners
Congrats to the September 2014 Make A Star winners.
Music Video: Peter Holmqvist with jaromi Draziewsky “I can’t afford working”
Peter Holmqvist is a Swedish guitarist and composer raised on the blues-influenced rock of the The Rolling Stones and Neil Young. Playing guitar with a high level of technique is not easy, and Peter overcame years of pain in his hands and arms with persistence to master the intricacies of blues guitar. While still holding down a day job Peter has played live with several bands and composed his own songs on both acoustic and electric guitar. This duet with Jaromi Draziewsky is his first Make A Star music video win and second overall.
Best Song: Miro&K&Q “Musica Andina BG”
Miro&K&Q is the instrumental project of Bulgarian composer Miroslav Cholakov. From Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, Miro&K&Q create lush atmospheres of electronic music with an intelligent, classical and world music sensibility. “Musica Andina BG” is infused with the spirit of South American Andes music. Travel the world in your ears and celebrate Miro&K&Q’s second Make A Star win.
Male Solo Artist: Olly Lewis “Smiling”
Olly Lewis is a 22 year old singer/songwriter regularly gigging in Bristol and Southampton, England. He intends on making singing and songwriting his full-time profession with his new project Tenderlore - an acoustic singer/songwriter trio with his friends Rob Kitney and Hayley McDonnell. With high aspirations and a very mature, professional approach, the future looks bright for Olly, as he records his first Make A Star win with this acoustic solo hit “Smiling”.
Duo or Band: Dolly Rappaport Band “Sense of Identity”
Accomplished classical pianist, jazz saxophonist and singer Dolly Rappaport brings her exceptional musical talents to the pop music world with her band. Dolly’s musical journey began at a young age and through the University of Illinois’ music department, where she met her musical partner and future husband Mitch. Now based in northern California, Dolly is crafting jazz-infused pop and soul songs that hit all the right notes. A Make A Star winner back in 2009, she returns with “Sense of Identity”.
Rap Battle: Insolence
Also known as Simon Suh, rapper Insolence is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This is his first Make A Star win.
Sing in 30 Seconds: Manogna
Manogna is a young woman from Hyderabad, India. She wins her first Make A Star title in the a cappella category by singing Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”.
|August 2014 Winners
Congrats to the August 2014 Make A Star winners.
Music Video: Tierra Verde “Desfile de Colores”
Seba Ibarra and Mauro Siri are musicians and visual artists from Resistencia, Argentina. As Tierra Verde, they make music designed to appeal to children of all ages. Their album “Pequenas Canciones para un Mundo Grande (Small Songs for a Big World)” mixes themes of landscapes, animals and everyday life in North-Eastern Argentina into a vibrant musical experience. Their winning video for “Desfile de Colores (Parade of Colors)” lives up to its name and is one the whole family can enjoy together.
Best Song: Greg and the Hazletons “But for Now (I Got U)”
Greg and the Hazletons are the brainchild of New Jersey singer-songwriter Gregory John Symanski. A lover of melodic music spanning everything from the Bee Gees to Black Sabbath to the Jackson 5, Greg’s solid rock vocals and guitars propel “But For Now (I Got U)” to his first Make A Star win.
Male Solo Artist: Shneal “Halo”
Shneal brings his innovative hip hop sounds to Make A Star with “Halo”. The Michigan native grew from the sounds of intelligent hip hop acts such as Outkast, Tech N9ne and Kid Cudi and delivers a slick track that is well-deserving of this month’s Male Solo title.
Instrumental: Vladimir Ryaposov “Baygal Dolay”
All the way from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, known to Chekov as the most beautiful city in Siberia, Vladimir Ryaposov brings us his sensual and imaginative instrumental sounds. Describing his music as “my perception of surrounding reality”, Vladimir’s sonic textures are in tune with the rhythm of nature and unseen spiritual realms.
Rap Battle: Jplourde
Jplourde is an 18 year old rapper from Nova Scotia, Canada who is hoping to get found and signed. This is his first Make A Star win. Check out his winning rap battle performance!
Sing in 30 Seconds: Samantha
It’s a double for Michigan this month as Samantha sings Lady Antebellum’s “Wanted You More” to win the a cappella contest title.
Stand Up Comic: Jewmanberg
A self-described “squeaky clean orthodox Jewish one-liner stand-up comedian”, Jewmanberg wears his heritage proudly and delivers family-friendly and very clever comedy. The Cedarhurst, New York comic wins his first Make A Star monthly title.