Unsigned Only is a unique international music competition geared toward solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company. Unsigned Only is looking for an outstanding, talented performer… the “gem” of an artist waiting to be discovered. Unsigned Only has a highly esteemed judging panel, including recording artists such as Robert Smith (The Cure), Kenny Rogers, Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, Cyndi Lauper, 3 Doors Down, Manchester Orchestra, Kelly Clarkson, and many more. In addition to $5,000 and other great prizes, the Grand Prize winner will also receive one-on-one mentoring from high-profile music industry executives from some of the world’s top record labels including Universal Republic, RCA, Capitol, Atlantic, Razor & Tie, and many more. For more information and to enter, go to http://unsignedonly.com/
Here is a full list of Unsigned Only’s judges:
Cyndi Lauper; Kenny Rogers; Angie Stone; 3 Doors Down; Jeremy Camp; Charlie Daniels; Manchester Orchestra; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); Kelly Clarkson; Musiq Soulchild; Aaron Shust; Steve Lillywhite (Producer); G. Love; Matt and Kim; St. Vincent; The Mountain Goats; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); and Scott Lapatine (Founder/Editor-In-Chief, Stereogum).
Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic); Pete Ganbarg (Executive VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Jason Geter (President, Grand Hustle Records); David Wolter (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Label Group); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, RCA Records); David Wilkes (VP of A&R, eOne Music); Pete Giberga (Head of A&R, Razor & Tie Records); and Jason McArthur (VP A&R, Provident Label Group).
2012 Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, and Vocal Performance.
All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category which allows original or cover songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals. So, if you’re an artist and you don’t write your own songs – or if you do write your own songs and want to show off your singing – this is the category for you.
To enter please visit: http://unsignedonly.com/enter