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Ploriphonic
MAS: Originally from Brazil, now living in London, songwriter Eduardo Faria’s band Ploriphonic wins the November 2015 Music Video title and cash prize with“Your Place”. Let’s get to know Eduardo in his Make A Star interview.

First off, tell us how it feels to have won. Are you happy, surprised, relieved?


Ploriphonic: I was ectastic!!! I was shouting at my friend this is the 1st music competition I’ve won so it feels amazing. Also I haven’t worked on any music for a few years, so it was a big surprise.

MAS: Congrats, we’re very happy for you. How did you develop your sound? Is there a primary songwriter, or is it collaborative?

Ploriphonic: I write most of the songs, then I get together with my band and they add their creative input, which sometimes makes a good song into an amazing song as they have their own vision and are professional musicians too

MAS: Which musical influences have other people compared you to?

Ploriphonic: My favorite band is Coldplay and I’ve covered their songs a few times. Coldplay has influenced the way I think about music mainly. However, our music is original and doesn’t sound like Coldplay at all. For example, Muse were influenced heavily by Queen but most of the time you can’t hear it in their music.

MAS: What are you or your band’s plans for the year ahead?

Ploriphonic: First of all, I plan to start playing music live again. This competition has inspired me to work on my music again so I may release a few new songs. I played some songs for the students at my school this week for example.

MAS: That’s fantastic. We’re honored to have served as an inspiration to get you back at it again. What is the best and worst part about being a musician?

Ploriphonic: The best part is feeling alive, following your dreams everyday working with others to make the perfect sound people appreciating your music. The worst part is probably the financial side of things, our band might spend a few hundred dollars to earn half of that at a gig.

MAS: What is the best and worst part about the music industry today?

Ploriphonic: Too much pop music, not enough originality. The best part is probably artists like me have a voice on the Internet and can reach the global stage.

MAS: Thank you Eduardo and congrats again! We hope to hear new songs from you soon. But before we go, here's one more chance to tell us something completely random.

Ploriphonic: I invite you to see more of ploriphonic’s songs here: http://www.productiontrax.com/profile.php?id=11264
Kerri Powles
MAS: We are happy to award Kerri Powles her first Make A Star win. Taking the Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff prize in October 2015. From the town of Brecon in Wales, let’s get to know Kerri Powles in her MakeAStar interview!

First off, tell us how it feels to have won. Are you happy, surprised, relieved?


Kerri Powles: I am really surprised if I'm honest, never thinking that singing was really my strong point. I am obviously thrilled, and am extremely grateful to all the wonderful people who have made this a reality for me.

MAS: Tell us how you got started as a singer and how your recording career began.

Kerri Powles: I have always had a great love for music, mainly instrumental, but if I'm honest I only sing on occasion, preferring to concentrate on instrumental compositions rather than vocal. I have however written and sung a few ballads. I have composed music since age 5 when I discovered I had a flare for the piano. Since having acquired an electronic keyboard I now have the means to record my music in the way in which I have always heard the pieces in my head, but have never had the opportunity to express before.

MAS: How did you develop your sound?

Kerri Powles: I am influenced by so many different genres of music; I just do whatever comes naturally and let music evolve from the soul. If you try and force something you don't really feel then it will tend to sound artificial. Find something you love and can equate with on a spiritual level, then sing it with the very essence of your being. The same applies to instrumental music. Be aware and inspired by your surroundings, and let the love of life filter through into your music in what every form that may manifest itself in. Don’t force the sound, let it evolve.

MAS: What’s the story behind the song you’ve entered in the Make A Star contest?

Kerri Powles: Always been a huge fan of the singer Bonnie Raitt, to name but a few, and this song in particular is one of my favourites which is why I chose it.

MAS: Which musical influences have other people compared you to?

Kerri Powles: There was one occasion I was compared to Enya, but apart from that incident I haven't been compared to any particular artist if I'm honest.

MAS: What sets you apart from other artists in your genre?

Kerri Powles: I don't think anything sets me apart from other artists as such. I just go with the flow and hope people like what they hear. When I sing, I sing with as much emotion as I can muster, and just hope that people pick up on that. The same goes for my instrumental compositions.

MAS: Who do you get inspiration from or wish to emulate in music and life?

Kerri Powles: Music means a great deal to me and is a huge part of my life. I don't wish to emulate anyone in particular. I was brought up in a house filled with music from a very early age (mainly classical) and basically love any forms and genres of music that is melodic and just beautiful to listen to.

MAS: What are your musical plans for the year ahead?

Kerri Powles: I will continue to share my music on Make A Star, both vocal and instrumental, and hope that people enjoy what I do. There is a Premiere Play coming up in my home town in a couple of weeks’ time that features music that I composed especially for it, so really looking forward to the feedback I get on that. All in all life is on the up and I'm looking forward to where the coming year takes me. You never know what’s just around the corner.

MAS: Who were your favorite musicians as a child? What was your first album or concert?

Kerri Powles: How long have you got? LOL The list is long, but to name but a small selection: Chopin, Mahler, Brahms, Grieg, Samuel Barber (and the list goes on)
Hardly a concert, but I appeared on a BBC TV programme when I was a child of around 6 playing one of my own compositions on the piano in school. My mother tried to explain that it was me on the TV, but I didn't understand at the time how I could be in two places at once, I was also angry that 'she' was wearing my favourite cardigan LOL.
I have won various music contests over the years, again mainly for my instrumental compositions.
I have two instrumental albums which can be found on: https://kerripowles.bandcamp.com/

MAS: What is the best and worst part about being a musician?

Kerri Powles: For me the best part is bringing pleasure to others with my music. The worst part is struggling to find the most suitable outlets for my compositions in the hope that they can be used in film/TV or whatever else is considered suitable. This I’ve yet to achieve, but I never give up on the dream.

MAS: What is the best and worst part about the music industry today?

Kerri Powles: The best part about the music industry is that it has expanded to the point where we can appreciate artists from all around the world regardless of their background. The worst part is how commercial music has become. It's all about money and fame, when first and foremost, it should be about the sheer joy and gift of bringing music into people’s lives. There are many talented individuals out there who slip through the net simply because they are not considered commercially viable enough.

MAS: How does MakeAStar.com compare with other websites for music fans and musicians?

Kerri Powles: MakeAStar.com is an excellent medium for showcasing your talents. It encourages healthy competition, and is the only one of its kind that's FREE, and allows you to show off your creative skills with a very real chance of winning a cash prize....what's not to like?

MAS: Thank you Kerri Powles for sharing this interview with us and congrats again on your win! But before we go, here's one more chance to tell us something completely random.

Kerri Powles: 'If music be the food of love...play on'
Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project
MAS: Montreal, Canada is the home of artist Pat Fortin and musician Benoit Bordeleau and their multi-media art venture known as Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project. Their music video “The Crypt” wins the October 2015 title and cash prize. Let’s get to know these two gentlemen in their Make A Star interview.

First off, tell us how it feels to have won. Are you happy, surprised, relieved?


Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: A mix of all of those :)

MAS: Tell us how you got started as a band and how everyone became a part of it.

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat:The project was started by myself a few years ago. The concept was to combine my two greatest passions, music and illustration. I decided to learn some animation and montage software in order to create a 2.0 musical/animation project and build a channel around it. Then, a long time friend and ancient band member from another project, Benoit Bordeleau, joined in as the guitarist and became a songwriter for the project as well.

MAS: Is there an interesting story behind your band’s name?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: We believe the project's name speaks for itself: a journey through the creative mind :)

MAS: How did you develop your sound? Is there a primary songwriter, or is it collaborative?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: It’s a mix of multiple music styles: electro, hard rock, pop, orchestral music, funk, to name a few. We personally like to call it "progressive acid pop" lol Some songs are collaborative, like "The Awakening". Some are more personal, like "A Part of Myself" and "The Crypt". More collaborative songs are in progress since Benoit started to write amazing guitar riffs for the project.

MAS: What’s the story behind the song you’ve entered in the Make A Star contest?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: The concept is very deep and personal and would be hard to explain in a few lines. People who really know me can see all my life in it through symbols. But to simplify, it’s a sort of “resurrection” song. After facing tragic disappointments, I created a character that was trapped in “a crypt” to illustrate the way I felt. Every relic within that crypt represents something deep for me: an artistic project that did not work, the loss of loved ones who have gone too soon, etc. Inspired by the electronic style of the song, the expression “the crypt” is a word play – my character sends a D-crypter through a “mind travel simulation interface” that is linked to his brain to decrypt the files (relics). This D-crytpter is on a mission to unlock my character’s mind and recover a maximum of data. The song invites you within “the brainstorm” in my mind, as I get back on my feet and start over a whole new project, despite the events that made me stop in the first place. Some relics will be lost forever, but never forgotten.

MAS: What are your thoughts on music videos? The ideas, the production, working with directors, how they add to the song, etc…

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: Growing up watching MTV, we believe that music video is the greatest medium to express storytelling through music. Movies like Heavy Metal and Fantasia were also very inspirational. There was no director or producer involved.

MAS: How did the concept for the music video come together?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: Naturally, it helped me to get back on my feet, as I was accepting the things that I could not change and getting ready to start something new. It was also the kick start of the project, the first animation test.

MAS: What other video work has the music video’s director done in the past?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: The crypt was my first attempt at creating an animated music video.

MAS: Which musical influences have other people compared you to?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: Since we mix musical styles a lot, we were compared to many different artists or bands. Often people tell us that our music have a little movie soundtrack flavor to it. Also, the guitar of Benoit is often compared to David Gilmour and sometimes to Brian May.

MAS: What sets you apart from other artists in your genre?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: We are a music / animation 2.0 project.

MAS: Who do you get inspiration from or wish to emulate in music and life?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: Inspiration is a big mystery, you never know when it’s gonna come. It just hits you for no reason. After that, all you wanna do is bring it to life :)

MAS: What are you or your band’s plans for the year ahead?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: Create more animated music videos and original songs. Get better in mixing, songwritting and animating. Build a community on the web to share our arts :) If we’re lucky enough, have something go viral! :)

MAS: Who were your favorite musicians as a child? What was your first album or concert?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: As a child, definitely Michael Jackson! No wonder why I am fascinated by music videos :) The first album I bought was Appetite for Destruction by Guns ‘N Roses. My first concert was Black Sabbath in 2000 (reunion tour).
Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Ben: As a child, Michael Jackson as well. The first album I bought was The Black Album by Metallica. My first concert was Pink Floyd in 1994 (Division Bell Tour).

MAS: What is the best and worst part about being a musician?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: The best part is the creative process – getting the inspiration, writing/composing the songs, doing the arrangements, etc. The worst part is the same for every small artist, I guess: doing everything by yourself and lacking time to do it – mixing, mastering, promotion, etc. It’s great but it slows down the creative process. I would rather concentrate on writing songs which can be very fast, but polishing them to their full potential can take a while. Also hearing the same song over and over again can make you lose confidence in it because you’ve simply heard it too much :)

MAS: What is the best and worst part about the music industry today?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: Just like every industry, profit is the goal. It can sometimes leave the creative part behind. The good part is that more and more indie artists can emerge from the web and auto-produce themselves at a low cost with a small studio at home.

MAS: What How does MakeAStar.com compare with other websites for music fans and musicians?

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project - Pat: It’s a great platform to discover new artists. On the other hand, we did not do much music contests yet, so it’s hard to compare. Though, we think maybe the judges should get more implicated in order to have a constructive review for the artists.

MAS: Thank you for this excellent in-depth interview! But before we go, here's one more chance to tell us something completely random.

Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project: Two new music videos are in the works as we speak and we have nearly 30 compositions that have been started. Our main goal for now is to build our YouTube channel, so please subscribe if you are interested in getting the latest feedback :) youtube.com/user/onceuponmusic
Thanks for reading ;) peace
Malicain
MAS: We are happy to award Malicain the Rap Battle Playoff title and cash prize for October 2015. From the small town of Big Spring, Texas, get to know Malicain in his MakeAStar interview!

First off, tell us how it feels to have won. Are you happy, surprised, relieved?


Malicain: It feels great to win, I've been rapping for over 15 years now and it's nice to get recognized by my fans and pull off the win.

MAS: Tell us how you got started as a singer and how your recording career began.

Malicain: Well, one day I was just singing along with Kid Rock on the radio and my step daughter said, "hey you sound just like him". So I decided to start a rock band and it developed into a rap/rock combination.

MAS: How did you develop your sound?

Malicain: Just lots of practice, and over the years I started pushing harder and harder to get that angry rap sound. Really my band members were getting frustrated with my singing so I got mad one day and just started rapping and that's how it all got started.

MAS: What’s the story behind the song you’ve entered in the Make A Star contest?

Malicain: I had a very abusive ex, and one day me and my best friend just started writing about how glad we both were that she was finally gone, lots of anger and resentment turns into a song many times.

MAS: Which musical influences have other people compared you to?

Malicain: Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Kid Rock... All guys that I learned a lot from.

MAS: What sets you apart from other artists in your genre?

Malicain: I'm very motivated and work very hard to get where I'm at today, nothing comes easy and I'm willing to do whatever it takes. I get most of my motivation from the critics and haters. I just tell them to drink that Hatorade. The thing is they don't know how much it helps to motivate me, in a lot of cases made me better. So thank you to the haters and doubters. It's only the beginning, there is a lot more to come, so stay tuned.

MAS: Who do you get inspiration from or wish to emulate in music and life?

Malicain: Eminem is very motivational for me, I'm trying to just be myself and have a unique sound that has never been done before.

MAS: What are your musical plans for the year ahead?

Malicain: I plan to win more rap battles, get my stuff mixed down by a professional and start hitting the radio waves. I'm not getting any younger and I will make it if I can just stay focused.

MAS: Who were your favorite musicians as a child? What was your first album or concert?

Malicain: Actually grew up on country, so George Strait, Garth Brooks etc. My first concert was Ozzfest. I love Ozzy!

MAS: What is the best and worst part about being a musician?

Malicain: Well it's a tough business and you usually need connections. I'm grateful to makeastar.com for the exposure they have given me. It's tough to work 12 hours a day and still have the energy to go home and write and record. Music is a full time job that doesn't pay unless you make it big.

MAS: What is the best and worst part about the music industry today?

Malicain: I feel like not enough musicians are keeping it real like the good ole days. Rockers need to rock harder and rappers need to keep it 100. Eminem is my favorite cuz he just spits it and doesn't care what anybody else thinks.

MAS: How does MakeAStar.com compare with other websites for music fans and musicians?

Malicain: First of all it's free to enter and to sign up, a lot of other sites make you pay and that's difficult to do in some cases. I really like the how they rotate center stage to different musicians and kinda gives everyone a chance to be seen and heard. Kudos to makeastar.com, keep it up!

MAS: Thank you Malicain for this excellent interview and congrats again on your win! But before we go, here's one more chance to tell us something completely random.

Malicain: I am a race car champion in 2010, driving sprint cars, it was my rookie season... I got clocked at 167 mph at the nationals on a half mile dirt oval track. Everyone was laughing at me because I did it poor boy style. They weren't laughing anymore when I won the championship. Don't ever let anyone tell you what you can't do it, you can do anything you set your mind to man. Just laugh, let it motivate you... and let them drink that Hatorade. Rock on and rap on for life!

Always... No matter what, believe in yourself... And ALWAYS, KEEP IT REAL!

This is Malicain, we will see you all again real soon, get ready folks... Fasten your safety belts and keep all hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. Let's do this!
Farah
MAS: Farah is the winner of the July 2015 Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff. Let’s get to know more about this talented singer from Las Vegas in her Make A Star interview.

First off, tell us how it feels to have won. Are you happy, surprised, relieved?


Farah: I am truly grateful to be able to participate and somehow win this contest. God is good :)

MAS: Tell us how you got started as a singer and how your recording career began.

Farah: I've been singing since I was a toddler and I think if I have any talent, I owe it to my mother who is a beautiful vocalist. It definitely comes from the genes. I have always loved music and singing is the instrument of the heart, every song I sing reflects upon how I feel at that very moment.

MAS: How did you develop your sound?

Farah: I enjoy folk, jazz, indie rock, and R&B/soul music. Something that reaches down into your soul and brings out the real you. The people's music.

MAS: What’s the story behind the song you’ve entered in the Make A Star contest?

Farah: Well John Legend is a....legend. The song really captures people who are genuinely in love with one another and just want to be in each others company forever and be happy.

MAS: Which musical influences have other people compared you to?

Farah: Can't really say I've been compared to any particular artist, but I'd say Madonna and Norah Jones have had a great impact on my sound haha.

MAS: What sets you apart from other artists in your genre?

Farah: It's not what sets me apart from other artists, it's what brings me closer to my audience that matters to me. I don't think I have a specific genre to fit into, I just sing and if people like to hear it, well then that's peachy keen lol.

MAS: Who do you get inspiration from or wish to emulate in music and life?

Farah: I get inspiration from artists that focus purely on the art. Music is more than fame and money, it's a medium that connects humanity. If you feed the flames of creativity, the embers of success will be sure to warm you. (totally original quote)

MAS: What are your plans for the year ahead?

Farah: I am going to keep on singing and sharing my songs with the people and see where God and life takes me.

MAS: Who were your favorite musicians as a child? What was your first album or concert?

Farah: Curiously enough I have never been to a concert. My favorite musicians as a child were/are Bobby Dylan, Queen, Santana, and Mozart.

MAS: What is the best and worst part about being a musician?

Farah: Well technically I'm not a musician as I do not play any instrument proficiently haha.

MAS: What is the best and worst part about the music industry today?

Farah: The best part about the music industry is that it has expanded to the point where we can appreciate artists from all around the world regardless of their background. The worst part is that the music industry is more interested in how marketable the "artist" is rather than how talented they are, and they overlook many amazing artists because of that.

MAS: What How does MakeAStar.com compare with other websites for music fans and musicians?

Farah: MakeAStar.com is very simple, straightforward, and is an excellent outlet to showcase your artistic skills.

MAS: Thank you Farah for this interview! Before we go, please tell us something completely random.

Farah: "Do not use the sharpness of your speech, on the mother who taught you how to speak"- Imam Ali (as)
       
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January 2016 Winners
December 2015 Winners
Congrats to the December 2015 Make A Star winners.

Best Song: Andy Fhiyahshua Jackson “Rise to the Top”

Jamaican artist Fhiyahshua has been recording and performing reggae music since he was a child in the 1970s. Inspired by reggae greats like Bob Marley, Mighty Diamonds, Burning Spear, and Buju Banton, he has recorded songs in many of the same Kingston studios used by his heroes. He wins his third Best Song contest in the last five months with “Rise to the Top”.

Music Video: Ces Indie “Wicked Game”

Raised in small town Illinois, Ces Indie’s musical journey found her writing a number of original songs as a teen in hopes of one day recording them. In 2006, she fulfilled that dream, and her career has carried on ever since, gaining new fans through both her local communities and social media. Now based in Chicago, her mix of pop, R&B and soft rock has the potential to hit it big. “Wicked Game” is an epic EDM influenced pop track with a dazzling video that earns her this month’s Music Video title.

Duo or Band: Moscato “Unshiny”

Australian band Moscato began as two guitarists jamming for a charity benefit compilation that turned into a full-on band with vocalist Kristen Anderson. Featuring a melodic indie rock sound with crisp layers of guitar and vocal harmonies, “Unshiny” is a poignant tune with smart lyrics that them their first Make A Star win.

Female Solo Artist: Ces Indie “Show me what you got”

Ces Indie nearly swept both Music Video and Best Song contests this month, as she took the Female Solo Artist title for “Show Me What You Got”, another strong pop dance track that shows us that she’s got no shortage of talent.

Instrumental: Mario Pompetti “Montreal Jazzy Nights”

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.

Rap Battle: Marco Pave “Lord Knows”

Memphis, Tennessee native Marco Pavé is an artist and activist who uses hip-hop and technology as a way to transform his city. He was appeared at TEDx Memphis, discussing a “cradle-to-career” arts policy that envisions how artists can boost local economies and turn poverty into entrepreneurship. Quite an accomplished talent to grace our rap battle contests and we’re proud to award him his first Make A Star title.

Sing in 30 Seconds: Suraiya “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Las Vegas singer Suraiya wins her third a cappella singing contest this year with another Mariah Carey classic, this time the holiday standard “All I Want For Christmas Is You” that earns her a spot in this month’s Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff.

Stand Up Comic: Skitzobill

Martin Malloy is comedian Skitzobill. From Ohio, he was his high school senior class president and claims his first stand up set was his commencement speech. While attending Ohio State University, he was hit by a car and underwent brain surgery. Despite a subsequent diagnosis of schizophrenia, he has continued to go to work and perform stand up comedy around the midwest, donating most of his comedy proceeds to mental health charities.
November 2015 Winners
Congrats to the November 2015 Make A Star winners.

Best Song: Ces Indie “Let’s Get It”

Raised in small town Illinois, Ces Indie’s musical journey found her writing a number of original songs as a teen in hopes of one day recording them. In 2006, she fulfilled that dream, and her career has carried on ever since, gaining new fans through both her local communities and social media. Now based in Chicago, her mix of pop, R&B and soft rock has the potential to hit it big. “Let Get It” defines her approach to success and is her first Make A Star win.

Music Video: Ploriphonic “Your Place”

London based, Brazilian raised musician Eduardo Faria had been taking a break from his music for a few years until his 2012 video for “Your Place” qualified for November’s Music Video contest and went all the way to win. He calls it the first music competition he’s ever won, and we’re happy to help rekindle his passion for writing and performing music, with a sound inspired by modern British guitar pop like Coldplay. Check out “Your Place” now.

Duo or Band: Guy Leroux“A Cowboy Doing Country”

Guy Leroux is a self-taught songwriter, from small town Ontario, Canada. A songwriter since 1981, he writes, produces and records his own songs, and has a vast catalog of self-released albums which range from country to children’s music. “A Cowboy Doing Country” is his first here on Make A Star.

Male Solo Artist: Rusty Halo “Midnight Education”

A fellow Canadian and first time Make A Star winner, Rusty Halo has lived in every province from Ontario to BC. Being a poet at heart and an observer of the people and situations around him has inspired his music. His songs are about the workers, lovers, losers, and winners that exist in every town. Active in music for over forty years, both with club bands and as a solo performer of bluesy music, Rusty Halo has worked hard at many day jobs and always found the time to keep letting his musical spirit shine.

Instrumental: Peter Holmqvist “Rocking the 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.

Rap Battle: BonBon “Not like Me”

From Okemah, Oklahoma, BonBon has been rapping for years and submitted many great rap battle entries to Make A Star. A former winner back in September 2013, he wins his second monthly title with this slick new performance and now awaits his challengers in the next playoff, scheduled for late January 2016.

Sing in 30 Seconds: Athena sings Zedd “Stay the night”

Athena is a first-time contestant and winner in our Sing in 30 Seconds a cappella contest. From Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany, she sings “Stay The Night” by Russian-German EDM artist Zedd to take the title. Who will be her two challengers in January’s playoff for the $100 cash prize?
October 2015 Winners
Congrats to the October 2015 Make A Star winners.

Music Video: Once Upon A Time In My Mind Project “The Crypt”

This ‘progressive acid pop’ duo from Montreal, Canada take music videos seriously, as the combination of music and illustration is at the core of their artistic process. Musically and visually, their aesthetic combines elements of hard rock with an orchestral and film soundtrack appeal. Check out these first time Make A Star winners and their animated music video for “The Crypt”.

Best Song: Fhiyahshua “I Love You”

Jamaican artist Fhiyahshua has been recording and performing reggae music since he was a child in the 1970s. Inspired by reggae greats like Bob Marley, Mighty Diamonds, Burning Spear, and Buju Banton, he has recorded songs in many of the same Kingston studios used by his heroes. He wins his second Best Song contest in the last three months with “I Love You”.

Rap Battle Playoff: Malicain “Glad She’s Gone”

Big Spring, Texas is the home of Malicain. Giving us some country-influenced hip-hop that recalls Kid Rock, he wins his first rap battle title.

Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff: Kerri Powles sings Bonnie Raitt

From the town of Brecon in Wales, UK, Kerri Powles is mainly a pianist and instrumental composer, but she shows off her vocals talents singing this bit from Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” to claim her first Make A Star cash prize win.

Female Solo Artist: Galiya “Simplicity”

Gwendolyne Krasnicki was raised a musician, learning the piano by ear at age 4 and admitted to Vanier College for violin performance as a 17 year old. In 2014 she obtained her Bachelor's of Music from the University of Montréal. She first began composing and recording lullabies using an old microphone and a simple recording program which eventually turned into creating electronic/techno/trance music. Her lounge/pop style emerged in 2011 after being introduced to instrumental jazz and the theory behind it. Galiya is is just one of her many current musical projects, which include classical performances with many Montreal orchestras. We like her ability to craft great pop songs too, with “Simplicity” her first Make A Star win.

Duo or Band: Sakgra “Efiges”

Athens, Greece is the home of producer and DJ Sak-gra. Together with vocalists Paresa and Marina, Sakgra the band concocts electronic dance rhythms full of breezy Mediterranean atmosphere. Active since the 90s and a 2012 Eurovision contestant, they win their second Make A Star title with “Efiges”.

Instrumental: Larry R Campbell “New Beginning”

Arkansas native Larry R Campbell is a guitarist /songwriter with a passion for instrumental music. A believer that “an instrumental song can accurately tell a visual story”, he blends rock and jazz together into an intelligent, laid-back guitar sound. Also a seasoned guitar instructor, he’s passed his skills on to a host of students from the early 80s to the present day. Active on Make A Star since 2010, “New Beginning” is his fourth Make A Star Instrumental song win.

Rap Battle: V3 “TBT – Truth B Told”

A trap music artist from West Virginia, V3 aka Vill B Chillen wins this month’s Rap Battle.

Sing in 30 Seconds: Aggi sings Eli Young Band

Aggi is from Jakarta, Indonesia and he wins his first a cappella title singing this 30 second piece of Eli Young Band’s “Say Goodnight”.
September 2015 Winners
Congrats to the September 2015 Make A Star winners.

Music Video: John Diamond “Love Has No Distance”

John Diamond is a singer, producer, and sound engineer from Bucharest, Romania. In addition to his own music, he’s been a part of many recent pop, dance, hip-hop and r&b recordings from fellow Romanian artists. “Love Has No Distance” blends pop vocals with hip-hop and reggae rhythms into a tightly produced package that wins him his first Make A Star title.

Best Song: Peter Holmqvist with JoPil “Me & My Blues”

Swedish guitarist Peter Holmqvist teams up with Polish singer-songwriter JoPil for this excellent traditional blues number that wins them the Best Song $100 cash prize. Joanna Pilarska is an accomplished guitarist with a voice known for romantic ballads with a hard edge that can deal with the toughest blues and rock music.

Female Solo Artist: Banderuola “I’m So Confused”

British singer Banderuola scores her second Female Solo Artist win with this retro-cool pop ballad.

Male Solo Artist: Lucian “The Kill”

Lucian Viziru's songs traverse the diverse fields of alternative rock, pop, jazz and electronic dance music. “The Kill” is a gritty rocker with dramatic lyrics that at times call to mind baritone storytellers like Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

Instrumental: Makes69 “3 Devils (Paganini, Devil, Vai)”

Helsinki, Finland is the home of metal guitarist Marko “Makes69” Sallinen. The best Instrumental song of the month is an electric guitar shredder that brings to life his dream involving classical composer Paganini, guitarist Steve Vai, space aliens and the devil. It sounds like a recipe for a science fiction rock opera.

Rap Battle: Thee Irony “Don’t Tell’em (Jenna)”

Fort Lauderdale, Florida rapper Thee Irony is a recording artist, lyricist and actor who takes his first Rap Battle monthly title for this high energy performance. Check back later this month when he competes against other recent Rap Battle winners in the playoff with the $100 cash prize on the line!

Sing in 30 Seconds: AnnY

Young singer from Riga, Latvia AnnY takes her first Sing in 30 Seconds monthly title with this fantastic, operatic performance of the classic standard “Moon River”. Check back later this month when she faces the other recent monthly winners in the Sing in 30 Seconds playoff with the $100 cash prize up for grabs!
       
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