The All-new America’s Original Competition

The America’s Original competition, which starts 1 January 2008, has been launched by Versatile Records to give musicians and artists the opportunity to perform their original music compositions while competing for exciting prizes. The top 147 contestants will be selected from the initial entries submitted prior to 1 January 2008 and chosen contestants will compete in the televised semi-finals, with winners being voted for by the American public.

Included in the rules of the competition are that all entries must be radio-friendly, containing no explicit language, and all contestants must be American citizens. The competition is split into seven genres, being country, hip-hop/rap, jazz, latin, pop, R&B and rock. Prizes will be awarded in each genre – a total of seven grand prizes that include a recording deal, as well as a video deal directed by top music video directors.

This new competition, which is the first of its kind, is expected to create a platform for unsigned artists to showcase their musical talent within their chosen genre to a large number of music-lovers. Using television as well as the Internet, it is anticipated that the target audience for the America’s Original competition will number over 200 million. The goal is to create excitement in the music and entertainment industry with a burst of new and original talent, and also to capture the interest of music lovers regardless of race, age, gender and music tastes.

The sponsor of America’s Original competition, Versatile Records, was established in 2004 and is based in Washington, D.C. The company is committed to bringing a new level of anticipation, energy, diversity and excitement to the music world. They strive to deliver the highest quality music in the genres of jazz, country, hip-hop/rap, r&b, latin, pop and rock, as well as exploring various hybrid and emerging genres. They also aim to find the untapped talent in America, which will certainly be to the benefit of the musicians and the listening public.

With the beginning of a new year, music lovers will be waiting in anticipation to see what musical talent the all-new America’s Original competition is going to uncover.