Music Industry News Network [03-29-2015]
Celeste Stoney Is A Finalist In The International Songwriting Competition In The Pop/Top 40 Category
Powerhouse pop soul vocalist, award winning songwriter and record label CEO Celeste Stoney is 1 of 16 finalists in the Pop/Top 40 Category in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition. Over 18,000 songwriters entered this competition now only a handful remain. Winners will be announced in late April. Winner are chosen by a peoples choice vote as well as by industry judges decisions.
2014 judges include Recording Artists Tom Waits; American Authors; Sarah McLachlan; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K) and Chayanne; J. Holiday.
Industry Executive Judges include:
Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group) among others.
Here is the link for the Peoples Vote: http://www.radioairplay.com/competition_votes/Pop+Top%2040
Celeste got her start when she was signed as a teenager to Def Jam/Murder Inc. During her time with The INC., she earned a platinum record with Ja Rule and collaborated with other hip hop artists including Nas, Raekwon and Foxy Brown. She gained experience on the small screen as a semi-finalist on American Idol and finalist on Making the Band III. After those stints, Celeste took time away from the spotlight to cultivate herself as a songwriter. She signed to global independent music publisher PeerMusic in 2013. She release her debut single, “My Kinda Crazy” in Q4 of 2014. Perez Hilton says, “Celeste Stoney reminds us of Pink” and that her single, My Kinda Crazy, “could be the 2015 All About That Bass.” CNN says, “Thank you! There is a female who brings ‘true music’ back.”
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