Think you #GotSway? Popular country music Facebook group Country Sway has teamed up with boutique Nashville The Artist Management Group for a new online talent search — #GotSway?.
The winner will receive the opportunity to release their song/s, a mentoring session with The AMG co-founder Rob Beckham, and consideration to be managed by The AMG – the company that represents superstars Brad Paisley, Chris Young and a host of country music’s hottest up-and-comers.
To participate, artists should post a video of themselves performing on their official social media pages, ensure the page is set to the public + include #GotSway in the post. Then contestants are asked to visit CountrySway.com and fill out a form. Singers must be able to perform a live acoustic show including at least two original songs on Facebook.com/CountrySway between Sunday, May 10, and Sunday, May 31.
“The idea for this talent search came after COVID19 had shut down our industry,” said Country Sway’s Jessica Northey-Shaw. “I felt crushed for everyone, especially artists just starting out. I’ve always lent my voice and platform as well as connections to help foster talent. Over the years Rob [Beckham] has always been a great supporter of my Country Music communities (#CMchat/CountrySway/CMchatlive.com.)”
“I always have my eyes and ears open for unique and promising new talent,” Beckham added. “The world we’re now living in has shifted the paradigm, and we are dedicated to finding new and creative ways to support the industry. Country Sway has been a great friend to the AMG, and we are excited to partner with them to provide a fun new platform for aspiring artists.”
Neal McCoy, Cowboy Troy, Essex County, comedian/actor Chad Prather, director of music programming for Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country Kris Daniels, New York’s Country 94.7 personality Kelly Ford, executive producer of “Nashville Star” and “America’s Most Musical Family” Jeff Boggs, Country Sway’s Jessica Northey-Shaw as well as The AMG’s Cindy Watts will serve as judges.
Judging criteria includes voice, presentation, originality, song choices, fan interaction, and reaction.
Finalists will be revealed during #SundaySway with Essex County on Facebook.com/CountrySway at 2 p.m. (central) May 10. The winner will also be announced during also on #SundaySway 2 p.m. (central) June 7.