|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.
|December Rose Signs to Invitation Records
Exciting news for former Make A Star winner December Rose!
The Best Female Solo Artist of November 2012 has been discovered right here and signed to Invitation Records
. Her debut single Came Here to Party
released on iTunes July 8th along with the official music video
Came Here to Party
is a fun-filled frolic backed by a driving dance beat, soaring melodic hooks and joyous lyrics about letting go and enjoying life. Set in southern California, the stylish video highlights the song’s positive spirit. Featuring a quirky cast of characters, the young artist brings different walks of life together and invites everyone to join the celebration and dance the night away.
December’s soulful, strong delivery is influenced by jazz and classical training at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, and she uses those skills to deliver pure pop magic on Came Here to Party
. She performs live regularly in Montreal and is currently planning a U.S. tour to support her upcoming EP.
Aiming to bring fresh and captivating voices to the world’s stage, Invitation is an independent label co-founded by music industry legend Russ Regan and Dr. Iman Foroutan. Regan who has over 50 years of executive experience, is the man integral to launching the careers of Elton John, Neil Diamond, Barry White, Olivia Newton-John and The Beach Boys, to name a few. Dr. Foroutan is a music producer, serial entrepreneur, technologist and CEO of MakeAStar.com.
Find out more and keep up with all the latest December Rose news on her official website www.decemberrosemusic.com
|July 2014 Winners
Congrats to the July 2014 Make A Star winners.
Music Video: The Fallen “Mislead”
The Fallen are a raucous mix of rap metal and rock from Appleton, Wisconsin. Calling themselves just a “group of hard working guys who want to play our music in front of large groups of people”, vocalist brothers Jesse and Cody Rush connected with friends John Harley, Jack D. Marshall and Justin Ward to complete the pieces of this hearty musical brew.
Best Song: Mario Pompetti “X-files Reopened”
Canadian composer Mario Pompetti is an artist with 15 albums released, and is well known as a heavyweight in film scoring and music production for film and TV. His music is a blend of genres, delving into elements of electronic dance, jazz and hip hop.
Stand Up Comic Playoff: Don Barnhart
Don Barnhart has been performing full time since 1987 and averages 250 days a year on the road. Getting his start at the world-famous Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, he forged friendships with legends such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey. It was Leno himself who stressed the importance of touring nationally as a key to finding success in the comedy business. We’re honored the Las Vegas based comic has included MakeAStar.com on his busy itinerary and congratulate him on his Stand Up Playoff win!
Rap Battle Playoff: Finno and Lil G.B.
This Dublin, Ireland duo throw down some Celtic-flavored rhymes and claim the $100 Rap Battle playoff cash prize!
Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff: LauraH
Laura Hritcu is from Dijon, France and wins the a cappella Sing in 30 Seconds $100 playoff by stepping up to the mic and singing Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”.
Duo or Band: Exit Black “Where Did The Time Go?”
Exit Black are a four piece British rock band. Featuring Tony Bignell on vocals, Joe Devine on guitar, Henry Green on bass and Jamile Byrne on drums, their debut EP “The Sound” released earlier this year and is available on iTunes and Google play. Churning out raw rock and roll with a polished sense of song craft, Exit Black have appeared on BBC radio and are building a solid fan base throughout the UK. This four piece group look set to break it big.
Male Solo Artist: Taylor Sheridan “Don’t Know Why”
Taylor Sheridan is an Australian singer/songwriter who uses his soulful voice in songs finely crafted with a mix of funk and rock. His passion for performing began when he was 12 years old, leading to a performance at Melbourne’s famous Rod Laver Arena at the age of 16. Taylor successfully launched his debut six-track CD in 2012 to a packed crowd of 400 people in his hometown of Kyneton. The EP, which was recorded at VCA studios in Melbourne, is now available digitally worldwide. Taylor is currently touring his unique brand of soulful pop across the state of Victoria, while reaching out to new fans across the world with his ever expanding online presence.
Rap Battle: Nimbus Cloud
Nimbus Cloud is a rapper from Galveston, Texas and currently based in Erie, Pennsylvania. In need of a studio and recognition to realize his dream of making it big, he’s gained some of the recognition by claiming his first Make A Star win.
Sing in 30 Seconds: Robert Reese
Robert Reese is a college student and singer from Chicago. Singing Sammie’s smooth R&B song “I Like It”, he shows some great vocal chops with recording artist potential. We look forward to hearing more from him.