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Ernie Ball Endorses The Jellybricks

BlogEB_IndieP_120x120_WinnerAfter one year, thousands of artists, and three genre winners, Ernie Ball has selected a Grand Prize winner in the “Save Your Strings” competition. The winner will receive, in addition to their year’s supply of strings and accessories, Music Man guitars for each guitarist in the band and an official endorsement from Ernie Ball. In the running for the top prize were Pop winners Biscuits & Gravy, Rock winners The Jellybricks, and Country winners Gin House. Ultimately, Ernie Ball selected pop rockers The Jellybricks to receive the big prize.

OurStage is proud to host the music of such incredibly talented acts, and especially pleased to have helped not only expose them to new fans, but also to empower them with the tools they need to keep creating great music.

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The Jellybricks will no doubt find use for their prizes as they begin to support their forthcoming record, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album’s first single, “About The Weekend,” was just featured by Little Steven Van Zandt as his “Coolest Song in the World” as well as video of the day on his hugely popular radio show The Underground Garage. Watch it below.

Congratulations to The Jellybricks, as well as Gin House and Biscuits & Gravy.
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Kewin Cosmos Is The Newest Tr3s “El Headliner”

kewin cosmosWe had a great 2013 partnering with Tr3s Networks to discover and expose the latest in emerging Latin music. Let’s look back one last time to announce the winner of the Tr3s “El Headliner” Competition, Kewin Cosmos.

With a diverse set of influences that include Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricardo Arjona, Sin Bandera, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight, and Celia Cruz, it’s no wonder that the judges, including special guest judge Toby Love, found Cosmos’ smooth blend of Latin elements into pop music so compelling. Though the field of the El Headliner channel was competitive, his song “Imaginate” stood out for it’s balanced approach to modern Latin pop, not to mention Cosmos’ natural talent as a singer.

Cosmos will get spotlight artist features on Tr3s’ show Top 20, as well as’s Music My GüeyDescubre & Download, and Blogamole. Stay tuned for the next edition of El Headliner, coming soon.

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Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind Perform On Kimmel

jimmykimmel0In 2013, Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind were selected from thousands of OurStage artists to appear as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They taped the show later in the year and then, this Tuesday night, it all came together, as the band performed their song “Over My Head” on national television. The show will air again this Friday night. Here’s the band’s performance.

Go behind the scenes with the band as they travel to Hollywood, rehearse, visit the Gibson guitars showroom, and hang out backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Watch below.
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Gin House: Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Country Winner

IJUHDXCIDOVG-520x520The third and final installment of our 2013 Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Competition was the search for one great artist in our country category to win a year’s supply of strings and accessories. We’ve previously introduced you to our pop winner, Biscuits & Gravy, and our rock winner, The Jellybricks. They will now be joined in consideration for the grand prize – an endorsement deal with Ernie Ball and a Music Man guitar for each player in the band – by our country winner, Gin House.

Gin House has a winner with their great country porch stomper “Roots,” a perfect title for this band, whose other songs reveal a passion for all kinds of Americana beyond country – blues, folk, and even classic pop. The main driver behind Gin House is Brandon Clark, who sings with a voice like tarnished gold – built for radio, but with a deep character, and sounded with conviction. Check out the appropriately slow-burning stunner “The Fire Is Alive” for evidence. Clark founded the band in 2011 with Paul Lynch, and the following year released their self-titled 5-song EP, which features “Roots.” In support of the release, Clark hit the road with Austin Renfroe, hitting colleges from the Northeast to the upper Midwest. Sad to say we missed them last time around, but we won’t that mistake again.

All of the songs from the EP are currently posted on their OurStage page – highly recommended listening. Stay tuned for the selection of the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Grand Prize winner.


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2013 Intel Superstars Winner!

24243_OurStage_120x120_0002_WinnerThe 2013 Intel Superstars competition has concluded. After listening to and carefully evaluating the final Top 20, Intel and their panel of judges have selected as the grand prize winner Sara Lindsay, whose song, “Make It All Right,” was a clear favorite. The combination of her strong voice with the song’s unique and compelling melody and pristine production put Sara over the top of some really tough competition. Sara will take home $10,000, courtesy of Intel!

In fact, some of Sara’s competition was so good that we’d like to highlight some of our personal faves here, as well. Enjoy.

Annalise Emerick, “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart”
This was a standout hit here at OurStage HQ, both for the beauty of its melody and harmony, the simplicity of the production, and the timely New Year’s Eve lyrical sentiment.

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The Search For The 2013 Intel Superstar Is Almost Over – WINNERS

intel banner genericIt’s all in the hands of the judges now. After almost five months of competition, spanning eight different genres and three different rounds, the Top 20 artists in the Intel Superstars competition are now being evaluated by our judging panel. One winner will take home $10,000.

The #1 ranked artists from each of the genre channels have already been named prize winners, and will each receive a pretty great package that includes guitars from Gibson, computers from Intel, microphones from Blue Microphones, amps from Orange Amplification, and more from Creative Labs, HDMX, Sonos, and V-MODA. They are:

Rock: Pullman Standard (Hollywood, CA)

Pop: Kristen Hope Justice (Buford, GA)

Latin: Gregory Telfort (Freeport, NY)

R&B: DeShaude (Toluca Lake, CA)

Country: Stanford Joel (Charleston, South Carolina)

Singer-Songwriter: Addambongg (New York, NY)

Hip-Hop & Rap: KooL CrAzE (Fredericksburg, VA)

Electronic: E Live (Berkeley, CA)

These artists, along with the rest of the Top 20 from their channels, were all entered into Round 3, where the overall Top 20 from across the entire competition was determined. In just a few days, we expect to have a final determination from the judges, including Austin Renfroe (winner, 2011 Intel Superstar), Jason Ienner (Manager, Hot Chelle Rae and Haerts), Bruce Tyler (Industry Executive, former EVP at Sony), Tommy Page (Pandora VP of Artist and Brand Partnerships), Brian Nolan (Senior Director, Creative Agency – Columbia Records), Justin Lassen (Producer, Nihil Studios), Mike Rivet (Sr. Marketing Manager at Intel), and myself, Scott Janovitz (Director of Community at

There are so many great entries in this competition, it’s going to be a tough selection. We hope everyone has a chance to listen and discover some new music. Stay tuned for the big winner.

Use ‘Judge For Me’ To Engage Fans And Rank Higher

As Round 2 of the Intel Superstars 2013 battle heats up, it’s a good time to remind our artist community about the “Judge For Me” tool. If you’re not using this when trying to rally your fans, you’re blowing it.

“Judge For Me” allows your fans to come to the site and be guaranteed to see your song or video come up within every five battles. Not using this tool might cause your fans to give up judging, since they’re not seeing you enough.

The easiest way to use this is to search for yourself on In the search results, you’ll see the “Judge For Me” button to the right of your name. Click on that button, then share the resulting URL with your fans on social media, email, or whatever works for you. Your fans will go right to that page and can select the channel to support you in.

Note that this is for regular judging rounds. Once a competition has advanced to the semi-finals, there are too few artists in competition for this to work accurately and fairly.

Good luck.

Congratulations To Hightowers, The Latest ‘El Headliner’ Winner!

Congratulations to our latest El Headliner winner, Hightowers. Consisting of members D.J. Flip & P-Haze, otherwise known as Jose M. Martinez (D.J. Flip) and Luis Eduardo Sime (P-Haze), Hightowers are an international reggaeton duo who have already made a big impact on the music world, including our Tr3s Latin Music Channel. They’re destined for great things, and their grand prize – spotlight features on Tr3s Network’s Top 20, Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, and Blogamolewill certainly help them inch closer to their dreams. We’re excited to be assisting Hightowers on their journey, and look forward to seeing what they accomplish next.

You can enjoy the winning song, “Quiero Que Sepas Hightowers,” below. Continue reading ‘Congratulations To Hightowers, The Latest ‘El Headliner’ Winner!’

Sarah Lindsay: 2010′s Intel Superstar

As we really get rolling with the 2013 edition of our Intel Superstars Competition, we’d like to take a look back at some of our previous big winners. Each year there have in fact been several winners of prizes ranging from a new Intel Ultrabook™ device to new instruments and equipment to straight-up cash. But only one per year can be named the top Superstar and walk away with the grand prize, which this year will be a check for $10,000.

In 2010, the Superstars Competition was a new idea, and a lot of artists weren’t sure what it was all about. Enter Sara Lindsay.

As an established member of the community, Sara stumbled upon the Intel Superstars Competition in the summer of 2010. She submitted her upbeat single “Best Of Me” to the Singer-Songwriter category on a whim. When she heard the news of her grand prize winnings, including an Intel® Core™ i7 processor-based mobile device, she was elated.

“Winning has been unbelievably great and has opened a lot of doors,” she said. It has given me a boost of confidence and the opportunity to record and play a lot more,” Lindsay recounts. “It’s great being able to lay down tracks using all these electronic sounds and with my Ultrabook I can show people those ideas.”

Do you think your song can take you to the top? Enter the competition now, tell your fans to judge for you, and you may very well be next. Remember, Intel and our sponsors are giving away eight prize packages, in addition to the grand prize. And fans, you too can win a new Ultrabook device, just for judging. Find out more here.

Are You The Next Intel “Superstar?”

Calling all aspiring superstars! OurStage and Intel want to make your dreams come true.

Starting today, Intel is launching the 2013 installment of the “Superstars” competition, and together with OurStage they hope to kickstart the career of music’s next breakout act in the months ahead. Want to be considered? Read on.

We’ve got the bases covered with eight genre-exclusive competition channels for singer-songwriters, pop divas, rock stars, country giants, rap moguls, músicos Latinos, R&B crooners, and Electronic beatmakers.

For the first round, we’re looking for the best of the best in Rock, Pop, Latin, and R&B. Fan judging for Round 1 begins on August 15th. If those genres aren’t for you, stay tuned for Round 2 starting on September 22nd.

If your track makes it to the # 1 spot in your channel, you’ll win a package that includes an Intel® Ultrabook™, Blue Microphones microphone, Creative Labs speaker, Gibson Brands Inc, electric guitar with case*, HMDX Bluetooth wireless speaker, Orange amplifier, Sonos wireless speaker, and a V-MODA metal headphone. The Top 20 from each channel will be entered into Round 3, which will determine the overall Top 20. From those finalists, the grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges.

*NOTE: The electronic winner will not receive the Gibson Brands Inc. electric guitar, but will receive the Gibson Brands Inc. Stanton USB Mixstation.

If you’re ready to launch your career, click here and submit your best song today!



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