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Music Artist Spotlight- Srushti Gubbi

Posted on November 15, 2019 by admin

What does winning the 2019 Kentucky Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

Srushti

It was like a dream come true. I participated in Dream Night Talent Search when I was 10 years old for the 1st time in 2016. I was amazed looking at all the extremely talented singers. I learned a lot watching other singers, took home some good lessons and started working on it. I came back 3 years later to Dream Night Talent Search as a much more confidant singer.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My brother used to sing at school & family gatherings when he was small. Back then I was just a toddler. When he was rehearsing the songs, toddler I was playing around and without even realizing it, I would memorize the tune & lyrics of the complete song. I also started singing with him a year later and felt happy when my friends & family appreciated my singing. I became more serious a few years later & enjoyed singing.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I’m a middle schooler so I still haven’t seriously pursued music to be my career. I’m working on improving my singing skills at this moment.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I was able to sing songs in higher scale when I was 10 but I started noticing that gradually my voice was changing & I couldn’t sing the songs which I would sing easily before. I struggled for 2 years but never gave up rehearsing. Now it feels like I’m slowly getting back on track.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I’m still not so much into writing lyrics but slowly beginning to write few lines here and there. Hope I get into the habit of writing & composing soon instead of just doing covers.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I was honored to perform from the center court of Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York at US Open 2018. That was the first time I was performing in front of such a huge crowd. I was ecstatic when they picked me up from the hotel where I was staying. I had to give an interview before my performance. I felt like a celebrity and it all happened like a dream.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

No, this was probably my 4th competition including the one I did when I was only 7 years old. I haven’t explored opportunities much in Western music. But I have had the opportunities to share stages with legends from Bollywood.

Anything else you want to share? I would like to thank Wendy Kay of Dream Night Talent Search for this great opportunity. I want to thank all the honorable judges for the wonderful feedback and tips. I also want to thank all the talented singers who participated for their love & friendship.

You can find Srushti at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/shubhadarao.

Music Artist Spotlight- Kenna Denease

Posted on June 19, 2019 by admin

What does winning the 2019 Georgia Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

Dream Night means a lot to me. The experience of meeting amazing artists, and learning from the best. But, winning was the most amazing part of it all. Honestly going in thinking I was going to fail because I didn’t have my band, and then winning? Just wow. I can’t thank the judges enough.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My musical inspiration was most likely my biological father. He was a musician for most of his life, playing trumpet in the church band, and singing in the choir. It was almost like I had a piece of him after my parents divorced. But, my Choir teachers and Theatre teachers commended me for my talent every year, and that’s when I knew that it was something I wanted to do.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I encountered a lot of surprises in my music career, but I think the biggest one was becoming a lead singer for a band that I was lucky enough to create. And, being lucky enough to still be playing with my guys for 5 years, and being a strong band by ourselves for 3 years.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge up until now was dealing with my Uncle passing away. He was murdered almost 7 years ago, and just seeing my family fall apart was the hardest thing to witness as a kid. But, in the end my family was stronger.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

My original music normally comes pretty fast just because I write with my best friend, who plays guitar. But I get my inspiration from things that happen in my life. For example, the first song I wrote was about my Uncle.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance was when I was apart of the School Of Rock in Rockwall, Texas. We were performing on the Gotham Stage in Six Flags. I wasn’t on stage singing and the next song up was my favorite, Creep by Radiohead. I remember looking out at my mom and she was crying. I had kids I didn’t even know reaching their hands out at me. It was just an amazing experience.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

In 2017 I sang a song with Austin Allsups. On my birthday in 2017 I sang with my former vocal coach Cole Ragsdale. Also at the last Dream Night in Greenville, Texas, I got up and harmonized with Matthew Fiock.

You can check out Kenna at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kenna-denease.

Music Artist Spotlight- Will Gurley

Posted on May 3, 2019 by admin

What does winning the 2019 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

Man, winning this competition was an absolute rollercoaster. I was in the 2018 Missouri Dream Night, and Ms. Wendy Kay will back me up on this, but I was horrible. I had the passion, but that is just about it. The judges suggested a few things and my entire approach to music changed. Now, being an avid member of the theatre community, it was amazing to get to perform songs that come from musicals and actors in them. 

What inspired you to become a musician?

My dad was always playing guitar when I was young, so that sparked my interest. As I got older, I became more of a performer and my love for being on a stage made me want to be a musician. 

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

My biggest surprise has been falling in love with musical theatre. Just about a year and a half ago, I was in my first play and quickly fell in love.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

The most challenging part of my music career has been balancing life, school, and music. I always have ideas and want to get them down, and I always want to be performing or playing music, so balancing that and social life and school as well as my Christian faith.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Oh my. My writing process is insane. I will start sometimes with a riff, a bass line, or just a melody in my head, or a lyric I want to build a song around, or sometimes I will just start writing and it turns into a song. A lot of my lyrics are semi-autobiographical with lyrics drawn from my life experiences.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performances include playing at the 2018 You Matter Festival (which I will be returning to this year!) and that was just an amazing experience. Getting to share my music and my story through a positive environment specifically for helping raise awareness for mental health issues was just incredible. My other one on the list has to be Dream Night Talent Search Texas. It was so amazing to get to be surrounded by such talented individuals and to have the chance to gain knowledge from some of the biggest industry professionals was so surreal. Another memorable performance of mine was playing Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. I am the youngest child, so I haven’t spent a lot of time with younger kids, but all of the sudden I had 13 of them! It was such an incredible time and almost all of them call me “dad” to this day. 

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

One of my favourite performances was with Addie Sartino and the Greeting Committee and the You Matter Festival last year, and that was a super cool show.

Anything else you want to share?

My ultimate goal as of now is to make it to Broadway. Not only am I an actor, but I write and have written a musical that will soon be finished, so that is the goal!  

You can check out Will at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/willgurley.

Music Artist Spotlight- Davin-lee Chavez

Posted on July 30, 2018 by admin

2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent SearchWhat does winning the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

It means a lot honestly. I never thought that I could be capable of doing something so amazing!

What inspired you to become a musician?

When I was little I was in my churches children’s choir. I loved the feeling of performing, whether it be with others or by myself. I chased the feeling and started doing karaoke at a local restaurant in my hometown and it just got bigger from there!

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

When I was 12 I was in my first ever singing contest. I was so excited and met so many amazing people, but I figured out that not every singer is as nice as they appear. It’s sad but true.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge when it comes to singing has been overcoming my stage fright. I have never been a shy kid by any means, but I’ve always been scared to sing in front of huge crowds. TalentWatch has helped me a lot in my stage presentation and has taught me that anyone can sing music, but an artist performs it!

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I actually don’t write any songs at the moment but I would love to learn or collaborate with any other singer/songwriter interested!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I have to say that performances to me are always important whether it be karaoke or opening for a band. But the most memorable one has been the Missouri Dream Night Talent Search. Everyone was so talented and it was an honor to perform on such a wonderful stage. The crowd wasn’t huge, but that isn’t what makes a memorable performance!

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have opened for Clint Black a while back.

Anything else you want to share?

I just want to make sure that everyone knows to follow their dreams. I’ve done 3 dream nights and because I never gave up, I won and met some amazing people while doing it!

You can check out Davin-lee at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/davis73703.

Music Artist Spotlight- Daniel Sapphire

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin

What does winning the 2018 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?2018 Dream Night Talent Search Competition

Winning the Texas dream night means a lot. It gives you a lot more confidence for sure. To know that some of the music industry’s best like who you are and like what you do. That itself speaks volumes, besides the advice they give you to help you along in your music career.

What inspired you to become a musician? 

Honestly, I’m more of an artist than a musician. Yes, I’m a trained percussionist, but I love the art of creating something that no one has heard.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Fans! I love the fans! They’re the first ones to let you know when you get off the stage, that what you did lifted their spirits, made them laugh or cry. I like hearing everyone’s story and being an artist allows you to meet people from every walk of life. It’s a big plus for sure.

What has been your biggest challenge to date? 

Honestly, picking out which cajón I want to take with me everywhere I go. Haha.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs? 

Living life. Life gives me music to write. Either my story, a friend’s story or just what’s going on in the world. There’s a song in everything and everyone. You just have to be open to it.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Texas Dream Night by far. Being on that stage where many artists have performed. That was the highlight of it all. The Texan Theater has had artists like Toni Tony Tone to Big bad voodoo daddy’s and I got to sing on that stage. I feel blessed.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I sang with the band from Small World in San Antonio, which was pretty awesome!

Anything else you want to share? 

Follow my Facebook page, Instagram. Just Google Daniel Sapphire and I’m the first cat at the top! Thank y’all! Blessings!

You can check out Daniel at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/danielsapphire8.

 

Music Artist Spotlight- London Lawhon

Posted on May 22, 2017 by admin

What does winning the 2017 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you? 

Winning TDNTS meant I won over a little bit of the battle with confidence as an artist I was struggling with, winning, and just being around other artists who respected what I do so much and voiced that respect really resonated with me! The grand prize will also help fund my trip/shows in LA this summer which is a blessing!

What inspired you to become a musician?

I’ve always loved music from an early age, but what inspired me to become a musician is the connection and control the performers I would watch on TV and online had over their audience. It amazed me how a single song could bring a person to tears yet inspire another to overcome obstacles. I wanted to know what it felt like to stand back on stage and hear a crowd sing my lyrics back to me, so I told myself I was going to try until I made it reality.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Every day is a new surprise in the music industry. I’ve come to realize that I tend to surprise myself every time I step on stage. The real surprise though is the competition aspect of everything you’re working towards in a music career. In a way Texas Dream Night Talent Search is a small scale taste of the industry, there are hundreds upon thousands of performers looking to take your spot, so you have to make it count. That was always a shock to the system when I thought about it.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge to date comes in two parts. The first is finding shows to play in my area, and the second is having the guts to play locally in front of people I know in the community. In Houston venues for my music are hard to find, but when I do find them it takes a little extra courage to play the places just because people who know you personally tend to judge a little more.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

When writing lyrics, I always draw inspiration from the emotions I fight daily because of my anxiety. It’s always an emotional moment when I get the words down, then subsequently a release when I find the chord progression that fits the mood just right. I write my experiences of love, life, and music!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance was in the Klein Variety Show 2016 where I was the grand finale act. I had done the show for 4 years and it was my last chance to get on stage to sing for my friends before we all parted ways. I sang Stone Cold- by Demi Lovato and the crowd went insane! I had my friends and myself in tears by the end. So fun!

Anything else you want to share? 

I was so blessed to be a part of Texas Dream Night Talent Search. The people and the experience will be with me for the rest of my life I know! Thank you to the judges Wendy, Chad, and Debi for the feedback and knowledge! I am working on new music and new videos very soon!

You can check out London at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/londonlawhon

Music Artist Spotlight- Ashley Yankello

Posted on November 27, 2016 by admin

What does winning 2016 Ohio Dream Night Talent Search Competition mean to you?  Music Competition Winner

It makes me very happy and thankful to be selected out of all of the amazingly talented artists in the event.

What Inspired You to Become a Musician?

My mother inspired me.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

One instance comes to mind when I performed “Le Jazz Hot!” in a pageant where the microphone stand wasn’t tightened and it started sliding down, but I had to keep going!

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Having to perform with a lingering cold and sore throat.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

So far I’ve mainly performed cover songs, but I do like to experiment with lyrics that come into my head and while playing with my keyboard.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Performing the National Anthem on a Friday night at a Major League Baseball Game in front of 30,000 fans.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I performed a duet with The Jaggerz, who had a gold record, on the 4th of July.

You can check out Ashley at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/ashley-marina-yankello

Music Artist Spotlight- Mikalyn Hay

Posted on October 13, 2016 by admin

mikalyn-hayWhat does winning the 2016 Tabletop Records Competition mean to you?  

Winning the 2016 Tabletop Records Competition means a lot to me! There were so many talented artists entered, so I was super surprised when Marcellus and Rafael called me with the news. When I was talking to them, we automatically clicked and I’m super excited to be working with them. As an artist, having Tabletop to back me up is super beneficial and all the projects we’re going to work on in the future is really exciting to me. Tabletop is a great resource to have as a young artist starting, and I can’t wait to work with them. This is definitely a big step in my career, and I’m super thankful for this opportunity.  

What inspired you to become a Musician?  

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a musician. When I was 10, I wrote my first song, and I never looked back. Every day, the people I meet inspire me to keep going and keep writing songs, with the stories they have. Music is something that I truly love, and I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.  

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?  

When I started music, I didn’t appreciate how much hard work it really is. The good thing though is that there are many amazing talented artists to work with who are so supportive and love to collaborate. This makes the work fun, as a young artist starting out advice, is a pleasant surprise.  

What has been your biggest challenge to date? 

The biggest challenge I’ve encountered so far is finding venues to play at, and bandmates to play with who are my age. Some venues I can’t play at because I’m only 14. Bandmates wise, it’s sometimes hard to co-ordinate, because everyone has their own schedule. Most of the time, it’s just me and the piano, so I have to try extra hard to keep things interesting, which is why I’m trying to utilize things like loopers and different musical styles and songs to keep my live music interesting for an audience.   

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?  

My process for writing isn’t set in stone. Usually, for me, it starts with a melody. I will make myself sit down, and come up with a melody. Then, the words just come. Other times, I hear a story or someone says something that sparks an idea, and I write it in my phone. Then, I go to the piano and using that as a base, will start blurting out ideas that I like. However, since I’ve been co-writing, I’m getting introduced to many different writing techniques and learning that there’s not one specific way to write a good song.   A great writer that I have been working with lately says to put away the guitar and write based on vibe and then to build the song around that vibe.  I have some songs in the works that are very interesting and built that way and I am curious to how they will be received.  

Have you shared the stage with anyone we might know?  

At the LivLoveLyrics event I shared the stage with Tyler Shaw. He was super nice, and let us hang out and store stuff in his dressing room. He also invited us to sing with him at the end, which he didn’t have to do. He’s a great guy!  I have also shared the stage with Shawn Brady who is a crazy talented Toronto musician.

Tell us about your most memorable performances. 

I have two performances that hold a special place in my heart. The first was this past July, when I attended SongStudio in Toronto. At the end of the week, certain artists got selected to play at Hugh’s Room (which is a famous venue in Toronto) for a showcase. Everyone was really talented, and seeing all the hard work we had done that week pay off was cool. The band was super talented and I was happy to say that I got the chance to play with them. The house band had never heard the song and I just gave them the charts and they just joined in – it was so cool to be part of something like that they recorded it – so here it is.  Mikalyn Hay – You and Me.  The best performance I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking part was opening for Tyler Shaw at  LivLoveLyrics – which is a very special event in honour of an amazing young girl’s memory.   I had entered the competition with Tyler Simmons and the song we wrote together, called 1:08. It was the first big event I had ever performed at, and it was so much fun. We had our makeup and hair done professionally, and the after party was amazing. I was super nervous before going on, because I had never done anything this big. I remember sitting in a corner, being called on, Tyler not being nervous at all (he had done it the year before), walking on stage, not being able to see anything because of the lights and telling myself “look calm. Look calm. You’ll do fine.” I think they’re doing LivLoveLyrics again this year, so I hope I can do it again.  

Anything else you want to share? 

I’m so thankful to TalentWatch and Marcellus and Rafael at Tabletop Records for giving me this great opportunity, and I can’t wait to see where it leads me! I also would like to thank the amazing people and support team that lead me to where I am today..: Zack Werner, Murray Daigle and Bobby John, Rosanne Baker Thornley and North Easton, Paul Tarvydas and Shawn Brady, John Dexter, the people at SAC that I’ve co-written with and helped me to be the writer I am now, and finally Michael Hay, who is my manager, but above all, my dad. Without him, I would be nowhere. Thank you all so much! 🙂  

You can check out Mikalyn at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/mhay

Music Artist Spotlight- Kaylin Brandsma

Posted on August 1, 2016 by admin

What does winning Wisconsin Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?  Music Artist Spotlight- Kaylin Brandsma

Winning the competition was amazing and it was a great opportunity to meet musicians and vocalists from all around the Midwest. The judges for the competition were from all over the US and shared their wealth of knowledge about the music industry and acted as mentors for us all weekend. It was awesome to work with judges who really invested their time and talents in each contestant. They talked about what steps were needed to promote yourself and get recognized along with the importance of staying connected to fans and so much more! Most of all, it was an opportunity to sing in front of others and get constructive feedback from the judges and fellow competitors.

What Inspired You to Become a Musician?

I have been singing as long as I can remember. In my house, music was and still is always on, whether it be on the radio or the television. My family would always turn on the radio in the car and we would sing along to the music. I used to sing along to the Wiggles and Kids Bop songs as a toddler. Then later, I watched Disney channel and I was influenced by the Disney stars. Then High School Musical came along and I absolutely fell in love with the music and movies. (I actually still am!) I really love Tori Kelly and Adele today.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I am surprised at how other artists have been so supportive and willing to give advice. They are also great sports during competitions and we cheer each other on and give out high-fives. I have met a bunch of talented and generous musicians throughout my singing experiences.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge yet is trying to decide what genre of music I want to go into. I love Country, R & B. contemporary Christian, and Pop.  I just need to stick to one genre for a possible career.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I don’t have any published songs currently, but in my free time I love to write songs. I usually start with the lyrics. The lyrics come from what I am feeling and what is happening in my life at the time. Then, I think of some chords on the guitar to put together.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we might know?

I have opened for local people and bands, but I haven’t worked with anybody that you would know because I am still an up and coming artist.

Anything else you want to share?

I am starting to learn guitar and the basics of piano.  I am looking forward to hopefully working with a band in the future.

If want to find me, like me on Facebook at Kaylin Brandsma Music, follow me on Twitter and Instagram at  Kaylinbrandsma, and subscribe to my YouTube channel Kaylin Sings.

You can check out Kaylin at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kaylinbrandsma

Music Artist Spotlight- Luxe

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

What does winning the Zero to Hero Music Competition mean to you? luxe2

This means so much to me…I’m really thankful, and can’t wait to start recording!

What inspired you to become a musician? 

I’ve always loved music, but I think that what completely pulled me into music was concerts. My first concert was when I was 7, and I’ve gone to about 30 since then.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career? 

It’s truly surprised me how many different choices there are with music. There are a million different sounds and little details that you choose from when making music.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I would say my biggest challenge was probably just trying to get my music heard. I never knew what steps to take, or what to do.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I’m constantly writing lyrics. I don’t really have a process, I just write nonstop all day. I’m inspired by a lot of experiences and people in my life, as well as random everyday things. Everything inspires me.

Tell us about your most memorable performances. 

I can’t actually answer that because I’ve never really done any true ‘performances.’ I’ve performed for family and friends multiple times, but that’s as far as that goes (so far).

Anything else you want to share? 

I’m very thankful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get my music heard. Thank you to TalentWatch and Invengo Productions!

You can check out Luxe at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/luxe