We 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.
We are thrilled to say that Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 7th. The band won this opportunity in our JKL competition last year. They taped their performance in 2013, and it is finally set to air.
We’ll have the performance and some behind-the-scenes footage for you soon. In the meantime, check out this video of Xolie and co. learning of their win.
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The 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.
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 Güey, Descubre y Download, and Blogamole “ will 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.
It’s no secret that we here at OurStage are longtime fans of Xolie Morra and her band The Strange Kind. We’ve been following her career and her growth as an artist ever since she used OurStage to win the opportunity to play Lilith back in 2010. In the years in between, she’s been all over OurStage, winning many channel and finals competitions, and consistently bringing engaging and boundary-pushing new material to the table.
That’s why we were so excited when the good folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live! came to us with Xolie and the band as their pick as the winner of “The OurStage Panel: Jimmy Kimmel Live!” competition. As winners, they will appear as the musical guest on an upcoming episode of the hugely popular late night talk show. This hardworking band truly deserves this opportunity and we have no doubt they will shine. Here’s what happened when they got the news – be sure to stay tuned til the end for Grandma Johnson, the world’s oldest Jimmy fan:
We will announce the air date for Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind’s appearance as soon as we have it!
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Congratulations to our latest El Headliner winner, Mateo. Bringing his music all the way from Ecuador, Mateo has made a significant impact on Latin markets across the U.S., including our own Tr3s Latin Music Channel. With new tracks in the works, Mateo’s grand prize of spotlight features on Tr3s Network’s Top 20, Music My Güey, Descubre y Download, and Blogamole, couldn’t come at a better time. We know Mateo is destined for great things, and could not be more excited to be a part of his journey to the top.