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.” Continue Reading
Producer John Shanks (l) has worked with Keith Urban (r), Kelly Clarkson & Bon Jovi.
Guitar Center has launched Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, an artist discovery program aimed at finding the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner will receive a prize package that includes recording 3 songs with Grammy-winning producer John Shanks, who has worked with Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson and Bon Jovi, among others, plus recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio, new gear and $10,000 in cash.
“Often the only thing standing between a great artist and their dreams is an opportunity,” Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing at Guitar Center, said. “Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is another way we continue to deliver on our ongoing commitment of providing unsigned artists with opportunities they need to be discovered.”
“I’m thrilled to be able to help Guitar Center give a potentially career-altering opportunity to an unsigned artist,” John Shanks said. “Helping an artist hone their sound is something I relish as a producer, and I can’t wait to see what the winner has to offer.” Continue Reading
Miranda Lambert on the cover of Guitar Center's September Buyer's Guide.
Miranda Lambert has graced the cover of several magazines. Most recently, she can be found on the cover of Guitar Center’s September Buyer’s Guide. She talked to the retailer about songwriting, as well as her time on Nashville Star, a country music competition that aired first on USA and later on NBC. Miranda finished third in the 2003 inaugural season of the show (Buddy Jewell won).
“I initially wasn’t too excited to go on the show,” Miranda told Guitar Center. “But Nashville Star was my vehicle that got me in front of the right people. Now look at where I am. I don’t think I’d be where I am today if it wasn’t for Nashville Star. Today I think that any opportunity is a great opportunity. If you can find the right competition for you as an artist, it’s definitely a helpful vehicle that can get your career off to a great start.”
A number of country artists have gotten their start on reality shows these days. Miranda believes they can be a great tool for launching an artist’s career and offered up her advice for those planning to audition for a show.
“Let the judges know who you really are,” Miranda said. “Go into the competition with confidence and go, ‘This is my music.’ Even if you don’t win, at least you did your own music and were true to yourself. Do not conform to what you think the judges or whoever wants to hear. Go in there and be yourself.” Continue Reading