Multimedia journalist Jawn Murray and EMI Gospel have joined efforts to release “Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED,” a CD compilation of 10 unsigned gospel artists, one of which will receive the grand prize of a recording contract with EMI Gospel.
Murray, an on-air entertainment reporter on the nationally syndicated ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show’ and a columnist for ‘AOL Black Voices’, has a deep connection to the gospel music industry having worked behind the scenes as a media trainer for recording artists and as artist development consultant for several major record companies.
“This endeavor is just a natural extension of who I am because of my overall passion for gospel music and the work I’ve done helping to develop new talent over the years. Finding 10 artists with a fresh sound and being able to give them the opportunity to be heard on a national platform is a dream project for me. Anyone who knows me knows I’ve always wanted to be able to utilize my success in mainstream entertainment to empower the gospel industry and I believe this project is a step in that direction,” Murray stated.
“Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED” will be a showcase of 10 gospel artists who secure a position on the CD compilation based on the judging criteria detailed at Untapped.EMIGospel.com. The grand prize winner will thereby be entitled to enter into an exclusive physical and/or digital recording deal with EMI Gospel.
“We’re amazed at the talented, but unknown, gospel artists we often hear. Working with Jawn Murray on the UNTAPPED project will be a great way to introduce some of these gifted artists to the world.” Ken Pennell, President of EMI Gospel
Celebrity judges Dr. Bobby Jones (‘Bobby Jones Gospel’), singer and TV talent Lexi, Grammy-nominee VaShawn Mitchell and radio host Gerard Bonner (‘Bonnerfide Radio’) will work with EMI Gospel’s A&R team and Murray to determine the final roster of talent.
“I’ve asked an All-Star group of my industry friends to join me along with EMI Gospel in this quest to find my top 10 artists. I’m excited to have them working along with me to scout all the great potential this industry has to offer,” said Murray.
Entrants for “Jawn Murray presents UNTAPPED” must submit a mixed and mastered audio-only sound recording (audio mp3 or wav file format only) of their performance of an original musical composition (i.e., 100% owned and controlled by entrant) or of one of the musical compositions listed at Untapped.EMIGospel.com. Applicants must also include a photograph in jpeg format. The sound recording contained in each entry must be no less than two minutes and no more than five minutes duration, and must be originally recorded by the entrant (free of any third-party claims).
All entries must be received no later than March 18, 2011 11:59 PM EST. Eligibility details and timeline specifics on the compilation are available at Untapped.EMIGospel.com.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the U.S. who are at least 18 years of age, who are not signed to any agreement (such as a recording, publishing, and/or production agreement, etc.) which restrict or might restrict you from participating in Contest or which could limit Sponsor’s present or future rights in connection with this Contest. For official rules, visit http://bit.ly/UNTAPPED . To enter, upload and email an “Eligible Entry”, as defined in the official rules, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Promotion begins January 15, 2011 and ends March 18, 2011, 11:59 PM EST. Sponsor: EMI Gospel.
To view the digital commercial for the campaign, go to: www.youtube.com/untapped