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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- 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- Maddy Wanke

Posted on October 12, 2015 by admin

What does winning the 2015 Ohio Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?Music Artist Spotlight- Maddy Wanke

It is truly an honor to win this competition. This was such an amazing experience, and I am so proud to be able to call myself the winner of this competition. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Ever since I was a young child I have been singing. I remember still being in a booster seat when I was belting out ‘Picture’ by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. I have always been attracted to music and the way it can touch other people.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Each time I compete in singing competitions, I am always amazed by the wonderful people I meet. As for surprises, I’m always pleasantly surprised by the incredibly talented performers that I encounter at each and every competition. 

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

As a fourteen year old girl, it is difficult when searching for songs that are appropriate for my age and that I can relate to. I need to put extra time into song choice, but it’s always worth it when I find a song I have a connection with.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I think the most memorable performance was my first performance. I was five years old, and I sang in the school talent show. I sang a song called ‘Maybe’ from my favorite movie at the time, Annie. I was still learning how to read, so my mom had to make picture cue cards for me to learn the lyrics. I brought my stuffed animal on stage with me, Carmel. Thankfully, I remembered all of the words despite my nervousness.

Anything else you want to share?

I truly appreciate the opportunity this competition has given me. I met a lot of fantastic people. I hope to see them all again in the future!

You can check out Maddy at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/maddy-wanke

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.

Music Artist Spotlight- Kaitlyn Renae

Posted on September 21, 2015 by admin

What does winning the 2015 Oklahoma Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?Music Artist Spotlight- Kaitlyn Renae

Winning the Oklahoma Dream Night Talent Search means so much to me. It was a true honour to work with Wendy Kay and Debbie Lewin. I learned so much, and it was a dream come true to win. I am very passionate about going into the music industry, so this is one step closer to making that a reality.

What inspired you to become a musician?

When I was about 3 years old, I would sit on my mom’s lap while my two sisters and brother would be taking their piano lesson. My piano teacher told me that I would start singing and so they would stop to listen to me. She told me right before she passed away when I was in 7th grade that God has given me a gift and that I cannot give up until I reach the top. I promised her I wouldn’t give up. She has inspired me since I was 4, when I started piano lessons, to pursue a music career.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I think a great surprise I have encountered in my music career is the many opportunities that have been arising for over a year now. It is truly a blessing.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

One challenge that I am still facing today is getting noticed in my small town in Oklahoma. Although I love my town, it is very hard to get publicity. Possibly in the next year or so, I hope to move to a city like Nashville and also finish my college there.

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

When I write a song, I always start with what message I am trying to portray. I then come up with the music and the lyrics little by little. My songs are inspired by something I have gone through or am going through. I like to express how I am feeling through my music and lyrics.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I have quite a few memorable performances. I will never forget the time that I sang at a big rodeo. Also, I had the opportunity to sing at a Christmas festival. That was an experience I will never forget. Also, I will never forget performing in the Oklahoma Dream Night for two years.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I had the opportunity to open for Gary Morris and Ty Herndon.

Anything else you want to share?

I just want to thank everyone who supports me in my music career. TalentWatch is a great way for you to get out and perform. I learned so much and grew as an artist by participating in Oklahoma Dream Night Talent Search. I am so blessed and honoured to have won this year. I am humbled to have been a part of this great competition. I think everyone who wants to make a career in singing should definitely give it a try. You will learn so much!

You can check out Kaitlyn at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kaitlynrenaeofficial

Music Artist Spotlight- Tristan Bushman

Posted on September 7, 2015 by admin

What does winning* the 2015 Illinois Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you? Tristan Bushman- Music Artist Spotlight

It is a really cool milestone for me. It was such a great experience spending the weekend with so many talented musicians and getting to hear feedback from the mentors. It was a very humbling experience.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My dad, who has been playing in bands for as long as I can remember. I started getting up and singing with his band when I was 5 years old and haven’t slowed down since then.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Having my song played on the radio was a really surprising thing. It was shortly after I released my first single and I started getting messages from friends saying they heard “Girl You Done Me Wrong” on the radio. It was one of those things that I will always remember.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I just put out my first record “Heartwood” at the end of March. That was a really challenging task, aside from the obvious struggles of writing, recording and choosing which songs to put on the release. There is so much more that goes into the process like picking album artwork, photos, liner notes and so many other things that go into it. Releasing an album is such a rewarding thing though. Being able to hold it in your hands at the end of the process is an amazing feeling that makes it worth every second.

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

My writing process is a thing that is really hard to explain. It varies with different songs but most of the time it all starts with just me and an acoustic guitar. My songs usually have to do with a specific time or event in my life, a time that inspires me. I write down lyric ideas every day in my phone notes, whether it’s one line or a full verse, it is a great resource for me. I will go back and build off of those ideas when I have downtime to write.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I got up to perform at age 14 at the Evanston SPACE with a Nashville Singer Songwriter Andy Davis. He was and still is one of my favourite artists, and to get to share the stage with him for a song was incredible. More recently, within the past year I have performed on the stages of the Chicago House of Blues and the Arcada Theatre. These are performances I will tell stories about for the rest of my life.

Anything else you want to share?

My latest release “Heartwood” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and CDBaby. Check it out!

*Tristan Bushman & DownFall NSB tied as the overall winners of the Illinois Dream Night Talent Search competition.

You can check out Tristan at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/tristanbushman

Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

Posted on August 23, 2015 by admin

What does winning the Rock Against Trafficking Sting-Cover Contest mean to you? Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

The fact that I can be part of raising awareness about something extremely important like child trafficking across the world, is priceless to me. Being a mother myself, makes this cause very near and dear to my heart. Music is such a powerful tool and I am honored to raise my voice about child trafficking.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Music started off as an escape for me. It was never my real dream or intention to be a professional artist. But as the years went by, I realized that it was my calling in life and that I could touch and inspire thousands around the world through my songs and performances.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

It is no secret that the music business is a very tough and competitive industry. As a woman, there are countless surprises around each corner. The biggest surprises are always when I’m in foreign countries and witness strangers connecting to my songs and mouthing my lyrics.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

With the industry changing so much over the last decade, the challenge I’ve always had has intensified more. And the challenge is to stay in the game, to be seen and to be heard.

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

I have no set process. Each song comes to me in a different way. Whether it be a melody first and then a theme for lyrics. On many occasions I have written songs in my sleep. I always get my inspiration from personal life experiences. I grew up in South Africa and have an ocean of stories to tell, pain, suffering and sadness. But along these dark journeys, I’ve always managed to survive and come out on top. For me, these are the stories I like to share. Stories of perseverance, victory and belief that there is hope at the end of every storm.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Without a doubt, my two tours to Afghanistan are at the top of my list. I’ve also done a bunch of charity events, fundraisers and benefits for causes I truly believe in. Doing this always makes me feel like I’m contributing, even if it’s in a small way, to make changes in our world.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have opened for many big names- Aerosmith, Joe Cocker, Beth Hart, Motorhead, Velvet Revolver, Puddle of Mudd, London Choirboys, The Bangles, Golden Earring, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers, Sebastien Bach and many others. I’ve also performed live with Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke, Dave Navarro, Adrian Young, Terri Nunn and more. I was the first and only female lead vocalist for LA Guns for two tours.

Anything else you want to share?

I have a new project based in Europe. It is an all girls band from Portugal and it is called SHÍ is Dilana. I’m extremely excited about this project. We recently did two tours through Europe and almost every show was sold out. I am going back in October for 2, 5 months of touring with my girls. We will be performing in Iceland amongst other European countries.  I am planning on a tour for us in the USA for 2016.

You can check out Dilana at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/dilana