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Oct 18

Keith Urban Picks Winner of Guitar Center Contest

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Brandon Green, an unsigned country artist who competed on season 7 of American Idol, won the chance to record with Keith Urban through Guitar Center’s “Your Next Record with Keith Urban” competition, hand-selected by Keith himself. As the winner, Brandon went into the studio with Keith and producer Dan Huff to make a 3-song EP. He also received $20,000 in music gear and endorsements from Gibson, D’Addario, Evans and Planet Waves and had the chance to open for Keith at one of his shows.

“It was extraordinary to hear so many gifted artists submit their creations to this project,” Keith said. “It was no easy task trying to narrow it down and quite frankly, I could’ve chosen a dozen easily. From solo singers and players to duos, trios, bands, it was amazing to hear so much great talent. But I heard something in Brandon’s voice that resonated with me. An authentic blend of confidence and vulnerability that made me want to hear more. So I look forward to doing just that.”

“Keith Urban is my icon,” Brandon said. “It’s cool that Guitar Center actually put this out there for small artists – to little people like us to actually have a chance to do big things. I don’t really know of anyone else that does that, or of any other companies that partner with people and do that.”

The contest kicked off in October of 2010 when Keith and Guitar Center teamed up with OurStage.com. Fans were able judge artist submissions and competing artists were given digital tools to help encourage their fans to judge their submissions as well as those of other artists. After the 8-week submission and judging period, Keith evaluated the top 20 and chose Brandon as the winner.

Watch Brandon and Keith in the studio!

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Posted at 12:23 pm, October 18, 2011 | Permalink

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