Galante Lands November El Headliner Title

November marked another great month for the Tr3s Latin Music Channel here on OurStage. After another thirty days of hard fought competition, the OurStage fans and Tr3s judges alike  selected another lucky artist to don the El Headliner crown for the entire month of December. Meet Galante “El Emperador”, a Puerto Rican pop-reggaeton master ready to take the world by storm.

Ready to join the ranks of the numerous talents featured as El Headliner, Galante is proving himself a force to be reckoned with in the rising Latin music world. His winning track A Lo Prohibido climbed to the November Top 40 with ease and is sure to please your ears. Keep an ear to the ground for our recap of his exclusive features later in the month.

Bring On The Arena Rock To Win Strings From Ernie Ball

In the rock world, guitar is king, so if you got the licks, we want to hear ’em. Ernie Ball wants to reward one up-and-coming guitar hero from the OurStage ranks with some major swag”free strings! Upload your best song in the Ernie Ball Modern Rock Channel by November 22, 2001. You might just get to deck your guitar out with fresh strings for a whole year.  Now that’s something to be thankful for.

Start riffing for your chance to win.

Judge And Snag Tix To The WZPL Holiday Concert With The Fray

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means it’s the BEST time of the year for a little holiday rock ˜n’ roll fun. 99.5 WZPL couldn’t agree more, and they’ve come to OurStage for their fix. Indianapolis’s hit music station is putting on a holiday concert Kris Kringle style and is looking for one act on OurStage to help warm up the crowds like a cup of hot cocoa. Help them find one, and you could win big time. Judge in the 99.5 WZPL Holiday Concert Opening Performance Competition by November 14 and you could win two tickets to their Christmas concert, featuring The Fray! How’s that for a stocking stuffer? Sample some of the finest holiday tracks around in the playlist below.

Spin With New Era And DJ Irie In Miami

We want the whole world to hear your skills on the turntables, so we’ve got just the opportunity you need to make your DJ dreams come true. Head over to the New Era® Fly Your Own Flag Competition and bust out your best, original mix to blow the fans away. Many have entered, but only one can win”think you’ve got what it takes to stand side-by-side with the best?

The winner gets an all-expenses-paid trip to sunny Miami to guest DJ at a New Era® event at Mansion Nightclub on November 21, 2011 with DJ Irie. What are you waiting for? Get rolling on your newest masterpiece! Make sure you upload your best track by October 28, 2011.

And those who judge won’t be left out either: Each day, we’ll award New Era® Snapbacks to two lucky fans for judging in the Fly Your Own Flag DJ Competition. Everyone’s got a chance to win!

Tonight Tonight Hot Chelle Rae Is Looking For An Opening Act

Have your crowd pleasers at the ready because tonight, tonight Hot Chelle Rae is coming to town, and they want you to help keep the beat pumpin’. The pop rock quartet is in search of one knockout pop or rock act to warm up the crowds at a December gig in Nashville, Tennessee. Enter the Hot Chelle Rae Opening Act Competition on OurStage by October 31, 2011, and it could be you. You’ll not only score the performance of a lifetime, but also a meet and greet with the band. Little sisters nationwide will totally be jealous.

Imagine You're DJ'ing At A New Era® Event With DJ Irie…

All eyes are on you, the lights are hot, the crowd is bumping to the beats spun fresh from your turntables”it’s practically every DJ’s dream. OurStage, New Era® and Rolling Stone want to make it come true.

The New Era “Fly Your Own Flag” DJ Competition is looking for one aspiring DJ to hook up with the ultimate prize package”an all-expenses paid trip to Miami to guest DJ a New Era® sponsored event headlined by DJ Irie at Mansion Nightclub on November 21st.

Here’s how it works:
1. Download DJ Irie’s stems
2. Use them to craft the ultimate club banger
3. Enter it into the competition by October 28th

Starting September 26th, fans will be able to judge and rank their favorite entries for a chance to win a fresh New Era® Snapback cap. With prizes as legit as those, how can you stay away?

The Sarasota Blues Fest Is Calling Your Name…

Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Dr. John, Little Feat”Florida’s annual Sarasota Blues Fest definitely knows how to throw a kickass concert. Now they’re turning their attention to the lesser-known talents to feature in this year’s lineup. Blues, R&B, gospel, funk, jazz, world and southern rock artists are invited to enter their best original blues-influenced track in the Sarasota Blues Fest Competition for a shot to perform!

Five finalists will be plucked from the Top 20 ranked artists in the channel to blow the walls off the Gator Club in Sarasota on August 13. The judges” with minds thoroughly melted”will then have the challenging task of selecting the best artist to perform at Sarasota Blues Fest on November 5, 2011.

Fans: By helping these rising stars make it to the spotlight, you could win tickets to the show! Judge in the Sarasota Blues Fest Competition by August 5, 2011 and you could be one of five lucky winners to win two free tickets to the 2011 Sarasota Blues Fest on November 5, 2011. Kick back, relax and enjoy the best music in the land under a sunny Florida sky.

Meet The November Winner Of The MTV Score SKINS Music Project!

We’re sure you’ve already heard about the incredible success of the MTV SKINS Theme Song Competition, which gives winner 3D Friends (Daniel Chavez Wright) weekly exposure to thousands of viewers across the country. In November, MTV and OurStage gave even more artists a shot at getting featured on the show by launching the MTV Score SKINS Music Project. Throughout the month, artists competed for the opportunity to get their song heard by the music supervisors at MTV and then featured on SKINS during the show’s first season. And now, we are proud to announce November’s winner!

Meet Vic and Gab, a sister songwriting duo whose passions lie in making catchy indie pop/rock. The ladies caught the ears of  the MTV music supervisors with their song So Long, So Tired, an acoustic driven ballad that champions their delicate vocals and pop sensibilities. Join us in congratulating Vic and Gab on their big win and stay tuned to the OurStage Magazine for when we interview them later in the month. Be sure to check out So Long, So Tired when it airs on SKINS tonight!

California Songstress Performs At CES And Wins 10,000 Dollars

The Intel “Superstars” Competition wrapped up this past November, the culmination of a four-month long competition featuring over 13,000 songs entered by over 5,000 artists nationwide. Sara Lindsay, a young singer-songwriter from Lakewood, CA entered her song  Best of Me into the Intel Superstars Pop Competition in August and battled her way to the Top 20 artists in the channel, securing herself a place in the National Finals competition in November. Best of Me then made it to the Top 20 in the National Finals Channel, catching the attention of the judges and securing her place as the grand prize winner of the competition.

Lindsay not only walked away with $10,000, but also the opportunity to perform at the Intel booth at the international CES conference in Las Vegas. The experience gained her some new fans, some of them from countries around the world. Check out the interview with Lindsay below where she talks with OS about music technology, her performance, getting new fans and much more…

OS: CES is a huge consumer electronics conference. What was it like bringing live music to that kind of event? Was it an unusual performance atmosphere?

SL: I had never heard of the CES conference until this year so I had no idea how big it was (I was later told around 140,000 people) or how well a music performance would go over at an electronics event. I figured people were there to see computers and not a singer/songwriter they had probably never heard of. Though, either way I was still super excited! I was however, pleasantly surprised! I got to perform twice a day at the Intel exhibit and every time it would draw a huge crowd. People loved it! I think it was a nice change of pace amongst the craziness to get and listen to some music and relax for a bit. It was so fun to see people enjoying themselves.

OS: Can you comment on how technology plays a role for you as a musician and for other musicians out there?

SL: Technology these days is especially important for musicians! From one aspect you have all the music software now that essentially lets any musician do most of the work themselves. To be able to have things like Cakewalk and other creative programs makes having a home studio so accessible. Not to mention just about the only way to reach and acquire fans today is through technology. Social networking has changed the whole way the world functions but even more so the music world. It seems like in order to survive as a musician you need a Web site, iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, email blogs, YouTube… the list goes on and on. It is a great thing to be able to get that kind of exposure yourself but sometimes it has to make you wonder…. how did The Beatles do it?

OS: What were the reactions of some of the people who stopped by the booth?

SL: I got a lot of good feedback. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go since it didn’t appear to be my usual demographic but they loved it! I had people asking for the next time I was playing and we had people showing up three or four times. I was able to sign the Intel DVD’s after each performance and the response was always overwhelming. It was so fun to connect with so many people that I probably wouldn’t have without this experience and in such a short amount of time.

OS: What was it like traveling to Las Vegas? Did you get to spend some time in the city?

SL: I had never been to Las Vegas so when I heard that’s where I was going I was so excited! I found almost everyone on the plane was headed to CES so it was great to meet some of those people and find out all the good stuff that was going on. I got to see all the amazing hotels and even got to see a Cirque De Soleil show! It was so fun.

OS: Have you picked up some new fans as a result of performing at CES?

SL: I have picked up quite a few fans from the event; and better yet quite a few fans from all over! That was another really cool thing, that I got to meet people from all over the world. It was great to have so many cultures in one room. I had so many people say they were going to share their music all over their cities and that was so exciting to hear. I also got to meet all of the people at Intel whom I fell in love with! Everyone working in the exhibit were so kind and fun and I think I got a lot of new fans in them as well! They made it such a great time that I was sad to leave! I am so grateful to Intel for providing this opportunity and showing me such a great time.

OS: Do you have any plans for what you might do with the $10,000? Studio time? New equipment?

SL: I would love to record a second album this year with that money. I’ve been itching to get back in the studio for sometime and just haven’t been able to afford it. I would also love to do some touring and buy new equipment! At the conference I was able to play using the Blue microphones and Orange amps and the sound was incredible. So I would love to go buy me some of those!

OS: Can you explain how you felt when you found out you’d won?

SL: I really had no expectation of winning! I didn’t even know I had won my category until I got a letter in the mail.  It was so exciting! I could not believe it. Ten thousand dollars is a LOT of money to someone like me and my age! Haha. Us musicians survive on lentils, bread and water so this was pretty life changing. On top of that, they added the trip to Las Vegas that I had no idea about so I probably sounded like nerd on the phone because I was so excited. There were SO many talented artist’s competing that I really felt inferior and assumed I wouldn’t win, so I feel very honored to have won amongst such talented people.

OS: How did you get your fans to come out and judge in the competition?

SL: The really crazy part about all this for me was that from the start I wanted to leave it up to the OurStage fans. I had previously won a competition on OurStage before where I hustled to get my fans to vote everyday. I thought since I had already exhausted that source for that month I wanted to win something because regular people who don’t know me like my music. So I didn’t tell a single soul! Haha  I think that’s why I was so surprised that I had won. I just couldn’t believe it and it was so rewarding and humbling to know that all these people whom I never met enjoy my music that much.  That’s better than all the prizes in my opinion. And that is the beauty of OurStage and what I think OurStage is all about.

OS: How do you think this opportunity will further your career?

SL: You never know what is going to come out of these things. I met a lot of great regular people and a lot of great industry people. I think most importantly I was able to reach new fans and it was a confirmation for me that maybe I’m doing something right and should keep going. I’m going to keep working hard like it never happened and pray that more great opportunities come my way! Because of this I would love to eventually acquire some sponsorships or management or any assistance for that matter! But even if not, I’m going to keep writing and singing and performing because it’s who I am.

OS: Is there anything you want to say to your fans and supporters on OurStage?

SL: I am SO so grateful to everyone involved in OurStage! Thank you so much to anyone who even voted for me once. As a musician, you create a song and hope that people like it and if one person does, then that’s enough. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity. OurStage has provided so many great things for me and I’m so glad I get to be apart of this Web site and this community of fantastic musicians and fans.

To hear more from Sara Lindsay and to check out her OurStage EPK, click HERE.

Guitar Center Fan Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 10 OurStage members who won sweepstakes prizes in Your Next Record with Keith Urban Competition.  Each week, Guitar Center awarded a $50 gift card to fans for judging in this competition throughout October, November and December.  Not only did they win the gift cards, but their participation in judging helped determine the artist winner who will get to record with Keith Urban! Fans really do win at OurStage!

Big ups to these guys for winning!

John Biord (Nashville, TN)

Paxton Campbell (Cleburne, TX)

Brandon Clark (Broken Arrow, OK)

Brandon Ghorley (Milton, WA)

Travis Kidd (Bixby, OK)

Gretchen King (Columbus, OH)

Ben Jenkins (Madison, WI)

Melanie May (Middlefield, OH)

Dan Staggs (Marietta, GA)

Mark Yamplosky (Charleston, SC)

If you missed out on these cool fan prizes, don’t worry. There are lots of other places on OurStage to win, like the Holiday Ho Down. Explore the site, answer some questions and win prizes! And stay tuned for more cool fan opportunities.