Earlier this month we launched the JetBlue “Live from T5″ contest. Artists from a variety of genres are entering their best acoustic songs into the competition channel for a chance to win a live set in JetBlue’s new T5 terminal at JFK International Airport in New York City. One grand prize winner will be selected to open for a headlining act at a “Bowery Presents” show at the Terminal 5 venue in Manhattan. Here are a few entries in the competition to keep an eye out for:
Jetty Rae is a soul-folk singer/songwriter out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. “I Love You” opens with a melancholy violin solo which introduces Rae’s sultry vocals. This track is sure to be a favorite for fans of Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor.
Break up songs are a dime a dozen, but on “His to Break” Iowan singer/songwriter Jara Johnson bears her soul. Between the accompanying mandolin and Johnson’s sincere performance, you can feel your heart melt with each line.
Bronze Radio Return
Fans of Joe Purdy will be right at home with Bronze Radio Return’s intimate, folksy delivery on “Stones Throw Away”. With breathy vocals and a touch of bluegrass with slide guitar, this track makes anyone feel right at home.
Kaylan Rexer’s ironically bittersweet “I Think Its Sweet” is musically an uplifting track, but its lyrics have a very different tone. Centered around “people getting stuck in their hometowns and having dreams but not working hard enough to reach them,” this track showcases Rexer’s talent as a songwriter.
For those of you who dig Alison Krauss and The Little Willies, you should check out Denver’s Paper Bird. The seven-member group features a banjo, multipart harmonized vocals, slide guitar and an upright bass to keep the whole thing together. It’s the perfect track for when you’re feeling a little “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou”.
“Looking Over My Shoulder”
One of the original Bethany’s favorite OurStage discoveries is a happy-go-lucky Brooklyn indie pop group by the name of A BIG YES… and a small no. Their entry into the contest, “Looking Over My Shoulder” is funny and folksy love ballad featuring vibraphone. Yes, a vibraphone!
A BIG YES...and a small no
Unfortunately time and space doesn’t permit me to write about every awesome Live from T5 entry—and believe me there are many—so I will have to stop here. Don’t forget to check out the contestants for yourself and participate by judging. You could win a free pair of tickets from JetBlue!