Guitar Center is hosting its third annual Singer-Songwriter competition in search of the next great, undiscovered songwriter. With nearly 30,000 submissions received in the first two years of the artist discovery program, thousands of aspiring singer-songwriters across the country will once again have the chance to catch their first big break and take their careers to the next level.
Having already helped springboard the careers of two talented artists under the care of producer John Shanks, Guitar Center sets out to unearth new talent this year with the aid of Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was. Was brings an incredible range of experience to the competition having produced music with John Mayer, Lucinda Williams, Scotty McCreery, Ziggy Marley, Bonnie Raitt and the B-52s, as well as legends like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and countless others.
“I’ve been making records for 35 years and I’ve been really lucky. Trying to catch a break in this business can be the most helpless feeling in the world, but it just takes one person to hear your work and say ‘this could be really good’,” says Don Was. “Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter is going to make some peoples’ lives better and it may very well allow somebody to have an incredible career.”
The winner of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 3 will get the opportunity to work in the studio with Was to record a 4-song E.P. and will receive $25,000 in cash plus new gear from Fender and others. In addition, the winner will be featured on the award-winning podcast series: At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt, in American Songwriter magazine and will enjoy recording time at the Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in New York.
HOW TO ENTER:
• Now through November 3, 2013 unsigned singer-songwriters from across the United States are invited to submit an original live music performance video at www.guitarcenter.com/songwriter. Submissions will be ranked through the use of RevImage, a leading social television platform that syndicates and measures content engagement throughout web.
• All artists who enter will be ranked based on their online fan growth during the first round. In the second round, the top-ranked 140 artists will be reviewed personally by Grammy-Winning producer Don Was who will handpick 10 finalists to perform live in Los Angeles, where one winner will be chosen.
Watch videos of Was sharing his knowledge of the music industry below.