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Music Artist Spotlight- Sativa

Posted on January 28, 2020 by admin

Congratulations on winning the 2020 SpringBoard West Music Competition!  How would you describe your experience at SpringBoard West?  What stood out to you?

My experience at SpringBoard was fantastic! I didn’t really know what to expect but was very impressed by how well it was put together. I’ll be attending a second SpringBoard in the future.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My family inspired me. My mother and siblings are big music fans so it was always around me from the beginning. I wanted to give them all better lives. To me music is the best platform to reach the masses and inspire people through my messages in my songs. I believe my purpose on earth is help as many people as I can and my talents coincide with that in this way.   

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I was surprised to find someone I was going to work with whom claimed they wrote a song for me actually lied about writing the song after I randomly found the exact same song on the internet.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge to date is juggling my work life with music. I’m an indie artist so everything Sativa music that’s out there is because I put it there. I’m my own manager, promoter, stylist, writer, travel agent, financial advisor, researcher, designer and marketer. I have to manage my time wisely.

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

If I’m starting with a beat, then how it makes me feel inside will tell me what the song should be about. If I’m just writing because something catchy just popped into my head, I’ll repeat it over and over with a melody and just build from there. Most of the time though it starts from after thoughts from a conversation, somebody’s story or personal experiences.   

Tell us about your most memorable performances. Performing on a daytime television show inside Cox studios in Virginia was really cool because it was only the production crew there and no real audience. It gave me a taste of pre-recorded showbiz. The  SpringBoard West festival has been my favourite though because I pulled it all together last minute and it all worked out. Plus performing outside facing the Pacific Ocean with palm trees on the coast right before sunset made that moment unforgettable.

You can find Sativa at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/sativa.

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?


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- 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

Getting Your Big Break; Fundamental Challenges Facing Artists Today

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Bernard Porter

Over the last three decades, I’ve enjoyed an immensely fulfilling career in the music industry. The greatest reward my team and I have received has been through mentoring some of the world’s most recognized stars as well as people who are just passionate about being the best artist they can possibly be.Getting Your Big Break; Fundamental Challenges Facing Artists Today

But now there’s a big problem in our industry that most artists don’t even recognize. No doubt, there are unprecedented opportunities to get exposure through various online channels and the popularity of TV talent shows have stoked the public’s interest in emerging artists. The problem is, even if an artist gets some initial exposure, there are few good resources to help them continue to develop their craft and create sustained, fulfilling careers.  The way I see it, there are at least two fundamental issues that need to be addressed. One is practical. The other is financial.

At our brick-and-mortar institute, PCG Nashville, we often meet artists who have completed an associate or bachelor in music or are considering a degree program. I’m always dismayed at the lack of practical, real-world training that they received (or would be receiving) from these programs. The problem stems from faculty who have been removed from the day-to-day music scene for years if not decades. Additionally, because of the time it takes publish textbooks, the curricula that rely on these texts often reflect what was happening in the industry years ago. In essence, these students are learning music history…not helpful if you’re trying to make it in today’s music industry.

The second problem is financial and compounds the issues found at traditional music programs at the associate and bachelor degree levels. Like most higher education programs these days, the annual tuitions plus fees associated with room and board are tremendous and only growing. So much so, that even if these programs are within financial reach of the artist, it certainly calls into question the return on their investment. With that in mind, we created PCG Online, an online destination where artists can get anytime, anywhere access to the same lessons that are taught to professional artists. These lessons are created and delivered by a team of instructors that I hand-picked from the network of trusted and talented individuals I’ve worked with for many years. We’ve come together to create the most effective tools that any artist can put to use immediately and continue to use throughout their career. And, we’ve put them on a cutting-edge online platform that makes it easy to learn whenever and from wherever they’re connected.

I say this all the time, but I think it’s worth repeating…Our vision is to ensure that every artist who is willing to work hard and invest in their craft will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their goals as an artist. That is, in essence, why we developed PCG Online. Check us out at www.PCG24-7.com.

Time Sensitive Discount- If you are interested in plugging into this program, you can receive a 30% discount when you enroll by 11/18/2015 (midnight eastern time).  To receive the discounted rate, input the code TALENT30 when you enroll at www.PCG24-7.com.

About the Author

Bernard Porter is President and founder of PCG Companies.

The Producer’s Chair- Invengo Productions

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Joshua Rumer

Before we talk about what we look for in an artist, we wanted to let you know how excited we are to launch the ‘Zero to Hero’ Music CompetitionThe Producer's Chair- Invengo Productions on TalentWatch. There’s one thing we can guarantee to the winning artist… This will be a career changing experience. It’s more than receiving a Demo Package worth $12,000. It’s about the emotional support and intangibles we provide. For every other artist who enrolls in this competition, we will provide you with feedback to help you as you move forward developing as an artist.

As far as what we look for in an artist, the first thing that sticks out in our selection process is whether the one claiming to be an artist is actually an artist. We define that as someone that has a definitive message, the honest delivery of that message and the skills to back it up. So many musicians are out there just singing or just playing, but their heart and soul do not seem to be ‘in it’. There is an honesty factor missing in a great deal of performers and this is something that is the most difficult to teach.  We can teach someone to be a better performer or player but you cannot teach them to feel.

Secondly, we look for the drive in an artist. We want to be certain that there is a heart in that chest of theirs that is just aching to burst out in a blaze of fire. Drive can be directed into a great deal of aspects of one’s career, but the most important is the understanding that they need this. It is impossible for them to live without being a career artist every day of their life. We do not select artists that want it for the fame or the money. The ‘idol types’ (we call them) do not really understand the concept of hard work because they have never really associated that with their craft. Often times the ‘idol’ mindset prevents them from putting forth the effort to become a career artist. It was Thomas Edison who once said “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I have a medical degree and I have lived in a van down by the river and ate from a pizza shop dumpster to stay in the game. That was a choice and it was probably one of the best moves I have ever made.

Lastly, we look for the following attributes in an artist- loyalty, honesty and dedication.

With loyalty we know we can invest a great deal of time into an artist and have a family style relationship with them.  Assisting someone closer to their goals makes us really happy and when they reciprocate that with a loyalty to our brand we will work for them indefinitely.

Honesty is crucial in working with someone because lines of communication need to be wide open and very uninhibited. This makes for smooth operations, game planning and just an overall sense of common ground. Without honesty someone is just pulling the brake line on the train.

Dedication is necessary for us to agree to be in someone’s corner for the long haul. If we are dedicating hundreds of hours developing and producing their product then it is only fair that they back up that time and creative investment in the form of a ‘can do’ and ‘will do’ attitude. Sometimes artists go through some sticky times and we understand and appreciate that. However, as a professional your dedication will enable you to break through those difficult times in order to persevere.

Joshua Rumer, affectionately called ‘The Captain,’ is the CEO and Producer of Invengo Productions.