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Congratulations to prattle on, rick from OurStage and Ernie Ball!

This month the good folks at Ernie Ball kept their ears glued to the Folk Channel to award one lucky winner with an entire years worth of strings and accessories. It’s pretty much anything an up-and-coming artist could ask for, right? So as May rolls in, we have another winner to announce!

With catchy hooks and roomy choruses, it’s clear why prattle on, rick caught the attention of the crew over at Ernie Ball. Patrick Rickelton, the sole permanent member, is a veteran of  Nashville-based bands Noble Three and Greenland, and even appeared with Greenland on ABC’s Good Morning America back in 2006.  But not until recently has he found his true place in the booming Nashville scene with prattle on,  rick .  His latest album, Communion Bread, is one that has landed him a number of steady gigs in Nashville and an appearance at the Firefly Festival in Dickson, Tennessee.  Though Mr. Rickelton may be the only set member, we’re sure he will find plenty of ways to use his newly acquired plethora of strings and accessories!

Check out the “Folkin Around” blog here

Hard Rock Artists: Enter Your Best Song to Win a Year’s Supply of Strings from Ernie Ball

Get ready to shred! Ernie Ball is back and looking to reward one hard-rocking, face-melting artist during the month of May. The highest-ranked artist on OurStage’s Hard Rock Channel will receive $500 of guitar strings and accessories. Submit your best original songs by May 22nd in order to be eligible to win. Entries must fall into one or more of the following genres: hard rock, metal or punk.

To get a preview of some of the competition and discover more up-and-coming hard rock artists, check out the “Metal Mondays” blog.

And be sure to stop by the Folk Channel for updates on April’s winner.

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Attention Hip-Hop Artists & Fans: Win a Chance to Head Down to A-T-L!

You think you’ve got what it takes to hang with Luda in the dirty dirty? Ludacris is returning to the stage for Atlanta’s hottest hip hop celebration, Birthday Bash 15, and he wants to bring you to the party to celebrate VIP style!

Beginning May 1st, OurStage hip hop, alternative hip hop, R&B and soul artists are encouraged to submit Magnum-related tracks to the Trojan “Magnum Live Large Project” Channel. Ludacris will be looking for the best ORIGINAL song that displays how you maintain the “Magnum Gold Standard” and live above the status quo. Artists can also download instrumental tracks from Ludacris’s label, Disturbing Tha Peace, and chop them up to make them their own.  The winning artist will be selected from the Top 10 finalists by Ludacris, and will be flown down to Atlanta, along with a guest, to chill with Luda at the Trojan Magnum VIP Event on June 18th then watch him kill it on stage at Birthday Bash 15 on June 19th. Oh yeah, the winner also gets $5,000 presented to them on stage by Ludacris himself!
 Don’t worry fans, we’ve got you covered! One lucky winner and a guest will also be flown down to Atlanta to hang out with Ludacris at the Trojan Magnum VIP Event on June 18th, and watch him take the stage at Birthday Bash 15 on June 19th. Just vote for your favorite artist starting May 1st, and you will be entered into the random sweepstakes to win! It is just that easy!

In the meantime, check out some hot tracks from our Hip Hop Channel here

And the “Hip Hop Habit” blog here

Win Tickets to the Lilith Fair by Voting for Your Favorite Opening Act!

During the summers of 1997-1999, singer Sarah McLachlan along with other notable female musicians toured the country to celebrate women artists, raising money for charities along the way.

The result of their efforts was the wildly successful Lilith Fair. After a long hiatus, McLachlan & company are back to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this ground-breaking festival. This year, they are giving up-and-coming female artists their chance to carve their names into the fair’s hallowed history, and you can be there to witness it!

OurStage fans can vote for their favorite act on the “Lilith Local Talent Search” Channel starting May 1st. The top contender in each “Lilith Local Talent Search” region will be plucked out of the Top 20 finalists by Sarah McLachlan herself. And as a thank you to all you fans, the judges who best predict the opening act for their city will win 2 tickets to the event!

Shout It Out with HANSON!

On June 8, 2010 HANSON will release their fifth studio album Shout It Out on their very own 3CG Records. In support of this new release the pop/rock trio will hit the road this summer for a two-month tour with dates from July through September. As seasoned veterans who have been singing and playing together since they were born (literally, they are brothers after all), they’ve sold millions of records and have entertained raucous crowds all over the world. Now they want to find 36 up-and-coming acts to share the spotlight.

OurStage is here to give artists the chance to perform with a band that holds the Guinness world record for the loudest concert audience in history and boasts one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world. Rock and pop acts are encouraged to enter their best original song into one of the “Shout It Out with HANSON” Music Channels before June 21st to open at one of the first 23 tour stops across the US.

HANSON will select winners from the Top 20 finalists in each of the tour stop channels to perform at one of the coveted opening slots. For more information on rules and entering visit

The brothers are also looking for the fans with the best ears. Help HANSON decide the openers by judging the channels to help the best talent rise to the top. The most active and accurate fan judger for each of the regionally based “Shout It Out with HANSON” Music Channels will win tickets and a meet & greet with HANSON!

Get the latest on HANSON’s album release at In the meantime, check out their new music video for their single “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’”  featuring Weird Al Yankovic and check out pictures, songs and more over on their OurStage profile!

Judge the Best New Music to the Top of the April Charts

April is winding down and it’s time to help your favorite OurStage artists get to the top of the charts. Got an ear for finding talent? We want you to play A&R by judging this month’s promotional channels. Your votes could help the best emerging acts win career-making opportunities! There’s plenty of great new music to be discovered just by judging.  Take a look:

Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge

Beat Kangz are looking to reward the best new urban, electronic and pop acts on OurStage. The Top 5 artists in this month’s Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge will win the revolutionary new beat-making software, Beat Thang Virtual. The artist in the top spot will a music critique from super-producer Rockwilder (50 cent, Jay-Z, Eminem) along with Beat Thang beat making hardware. Like what you hear? Don’t like what you hear? Go judge!

Have DJ Irie Host Your Mixtape on

The VIBE Magazine editorial staff needs your help spotting the best new talent in urban and R&B music. Your votes will help determine who they pick! This month, one artist from the Top 20 finalist will be selected for the opportunity to have DJ Irie host and premiere their mixtape on Judge now to help determine who’s worthy of coverage from the biggest name in urban music.

Win a Year’s Supply of Strings & Accessories from Ernie Ball

This past month, Ernie Ball gave a year’s supply of guitar and bass strings to rock artists The Worsties. This month they’re looking for artists  in the Folk Channel! Your votes will help determine which artist can save tons of money on strings and accessories courtesy of Ernie Ball. One artist from the Top 20 finalist  in each of the umbrella channels of folk – singer-songwriter (male), singer-songwriter (female), acoustic – will be chosen for the prize. Judge now and help decide who wins a year’s supply of strings and accessories.

Anhayla Rene Wins “Beyoncé Sweet Dreams at the Wynn Cover Competition”

Last month, singers from all over the US entered their video and audio track submissions of Beyoncé’s latest hit “Sweet Dreams.” As the OurStage staff soon learned, this song is a little bit harder to sing than it looks. Nevertheless, tons of talented Beyoncé fans entered their own renditions for a chance to win a weekend stay at the Wynn Las Vegas where Beyoncé shot her live DVD performance I AM…Yours. Finishing the competition in 5th place, Anhayla caught the eyes and ears of the people at Sony with her incredible acoustic version of “Sweet Dreams.” As with most good covers, she took the song and made it her own, changing up the melody and beat. From the first notes she sings, it’s clear that this girl boasts some major pipes, and Sony agreed. When Anhayla heard she won the “Beyoncé Sweet Dreams at the Wynn Cover Competition” she was beyond excited. “This has been a dream of mine for a very long time, I’m so thankful for the opportunity and for all the support.”

The “Beyoncé Sweet Dreams at the Wynn Cover Competition” Channels were full of talented artists, and manyof  highest ranking artists can thank Predictor Prize winner Shyla E for her votes. As the person whose judging pattern best reflected the final standings, Shyla won a Sony laptop preloaded with Beyoncé’s I AM…Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas Live DVD.

To hear more from Anhayla, check out her YouTube channel and keep up-to-date with all OurStage’s other promotional channels right here!

Win Tickets to See Bon Jovi: Judge the “Bon Jovi Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight” Contest

Rock legends Bon Jovi are back and they’re looking for the next big thing as they take the stage in support of their latest release The Circle!  The band is giving their fans the chance to see them perform live just for judging the best new music here on OurStage. Bon Jovi is on a rigorous tour schedule taking them overseas then back to the states so they need your help to decide who should open for them.  Head on over to the Bon Jovi’s “Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight!” Channel and find the city closest to you to cast your vote. Check out the playlist below to see what artists are currently wanted!     

Tierra Heart Wins the “Your Music on” Competition

Last month over 800 artists competed for a shot at a feature on in the “Your Music on” Channel. Holding the Number 2 spot on the charts with “Could This Be (Real Love),” R&B singer Tierra Heart‘s impressive pipes stole enough hearts to be declared the winner by the good people at VIBE.  Earlier this month in a  Q&A with the Editor-In-Chief Jermaine Hall, Hall mentioned the importance of keeping an open mind when deciding on a winner for our VIBE Channels. “There are so many sub-genres of hip hop right now and if you’re sticking your nose up to those that are pushing and redefining you will be left behind.” If you take one look at the impressive resumé  and wide variety of songs on Hearts’ profile, you’ll understand why she was chosen for this honor. As an artist with a bangin’ voice who writes, produces and does her own vocal arrangements, Heart’s talent is undeniable. Keep checking out for more from Tierra Heart.

Hold up! VIBE is returning to OurStage again this month to scout for more new rising superstars in the urban music scene. Hip hop and R&B artists should enter their original songs the “Have DJ Irie Host Your Mixtape on” Channel for a chance to have their music featured on one of the urban music scene’s most popular online destinations. One artist will be selected from the Top 20 by the staff at VIBE to to have the legendary DJ Irie host a mixtape featuring their music then have it premier on

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Kat Parsons Wins the “Get Your Song Produced by Mike Flynn of EPIC Records ” Competition

Last month an astounding 1,408 artists competed for the chance to have their song produced by Mike Flynn of EPIC Records. Knowing Flynn was the producer behind notable acts such as The Fray and Sara Bareilles, it’s no surprise that the OurStage community jumped at this opportunity. In March’s Q&A with Mike Flynn, Flynn mentioned that, when deciding to sign an artist to the EPIC roster, he first and foremost looks for “a unique quality to the voice — something that sticks out.” With this description in mind, Mike Flynn’s camp chose singer-songwriter Kat Parsons, an internationally touring artist who recently released her debut album No Will Power to a mountain of support from fans (over $18,000 was raised in pre-order!) and industry leaders. CD Baby president Derek Sivers put Parson’s release on the CDBaby homepage, stating, “We’re REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 albums a day coming in here now (about 30,000 total) and No Will Power is one of the best I’ve ever heard!”

With Parson’s stunningly beautiful voice and drive  to succeed, it’s obvious why she was selected for this honor. When notified of the win Kat said, “I am thrilled and honored to have won this competition.  I am really looking forward to working with Mike Flynn and his team.  It’s going to be so fun.  I am really happy.  Thank you.” Stay tuned for more to come from Kat Parsons and, in the meantime, check out her OurStage playlist along with her winning song “Go Find Her.”

Artists, take a look at our other promotional channels right here to see what you qualify for!


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