House of Jed Releases “O Caligula” Single

a2394312984_2It’s another ultra-catchy tune from Jarrod Gollihare, aka House of Jed. His “Coming Off Pretty” snuck up on us a couple of years ago when it neared the top of our Intel Superstars chart, and we have yet to be let down by any of his other material. “O Caligula,” the new single, is no exception. The rhythm-driven (Gollihare is primarily a drummer), Omnichord-heavy track is simply unlike anything else you’re likely to hear today. And according to Gollihare, “[I]t’s about attending high school with a psychopathic Roman emperor-to-be…” which is obviously common lyrical subject matter. Check it out on Bandcamp:

Matt Bailie Launches Kickstarter

Matt BailieI always get really excited when I hear about an artist launching a Kickstarter. There’s nothing that quite compares to a fan’s dedication to their favorite artist, and Matt Bailie is about to prove that all over again. After all, he did take home the country prize for our 2010 Intel Superstars competition, and then emerge as the big winner of our 2011 OurStage Panel”there’s no doubt this artist has talent and a surging fan base to back him up.

With a dream to fund his sophomore release, I Wanna Live Like That, along with the music video for “Dress Down,” Bailie has launched a 30-day Kickstarter. Having worked with ACM and CMA award winning producer Darran Smith on the album, Bailie is seeking funds to cover the cost of everything from manufacturing to promotion, with the aim of getting the attention of industry giants CMT and GAC. Some of the pledge prizes include the new album, handwritten lyrics, recording session, cover video, and a full band house show. Check out the Kickstarter video below, and pledge right here to be a part of Bailie Nation. (more…)

Dawn And Hawkes Perform On 'The Voice'

dawn and hawkeNot that long ago, Austin, TX musicians Dawn and Hawkes were finalists in our Intel Superstars competition. Garnering comparisons to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, this real-life couple turned folksy duo recently took to the The Voice to perform their cover of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Within seconds of their opening lines Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Shakira had already expressed interest, with Levine saying that it was his “favorite performance [he’s] ever seen on The Voice.” In the end, they chose Levine. You can watch it all unfold below. (more…)

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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Intel Superstars Round One WINNERS; Round Two Open Now

Round One of the Intel® 2013 Superstars Competition is now complete. There were over 1,450 submissions and 100,000 votes, with four artists from four different genres “ Rock, Pop, Latin, and R&B “ being awarded a deluxe home studio prize package. The 2013 Round One winners are:

 

 

Rock: Pullman Standard (Hollywood, CA)

Pop: Kristen Hope Justice (Buford, GA)

Latin: Gregory Telfort (Freeport, NY)

R&B: DeShaude (Toluca Lake, CA)

They will each receive a prize package that includes products from Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphones, Orange Amps, Creative Labs, HMDX, Sonos, V-MODA, and Intel. Additionally, they will compete in Round Three for the $10,000 Grand Prize.

Round TWO is open now. Artists, enter your song in the Country, Hip-Hop & Rap, Singer-Songwriter, or Electronic channels. Fans, judge music in any of these channels for a chance to win an Intel Ultrabook!

 

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 Ultrabookâ„¢ 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 OurStage.com 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® Coreâ„¢ 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.