Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Music Contract plus $5,000 in Prizes - 242Untapped Winds Down Auditions
Music Contract and $5,000 in Prizes Confirmed as 242Untapped Winds Down Auditions For Season 2
By Arthia Nixon, The Ambassador Agency for Elevation Records
(Nassau, The Bahamas) The songs have been approved and the judges are ready as a new season to search for the next gospel superstar via 242Untapped gets ready to wrap up its audition rounds.
According to Vincent ‘V-Mac’ McDonald, founder of Elevation Records and 242Untapped, there are a few changes this season but the show will indeed keep its core essence. He said that he expects a fair turnout on audition dates which are set for September 7 in New Providence and September 14 in Grand Bahama.
“Quite a few people have registered at www.242untapped.com,” he said. “I think everyone is eager to get the ball rolling, especially after seeing the success last year’s winner Shanique Thurston. She did very well in the studio and got to perform her songs on a local tour. Her Praise Break has been a welcome to the listening audience and as it pertains to the stage, she’s certainly established herself as an artist who can stand alongside international talents.”
V-Mac pointed out that while Shenique Thurston was the winner, she was not the only one who gained success.
“Because we were taping the show, the runners up got incredible exposure and some have been called upon to make appearances at major events to further their careers,” he said sharing some of the cards the finalists were on. “This year, we are bringing on a few international personalities so you never know what might happen. Someone may have the chance to record with an international gospel singer or even go into an American city to perform. All in all, our sponsors have been quite generous this year and we are excited as we narrow down the list through the audition process.”
V-Mac also confirmed that he will be taking more of a back seat approach this season to allow other talented young Bahamians to work the forefront from hosting to being a part of the crew. The judges - Chris Roberts, Nadine Moss and Jonathan Farrington, staples in the Bahamian gospel music industry – will return for the second season.
“We have a few surprises and some new faces,” he revealed. “I have an awesome, inspiring team this year and that aligns with my goal of making sure that youth have the opportunity to stir up their gift. I want to give others the opportunity to shine because this is so much bigger than me, myself and I. If I can help someone perfect a skill that helps a whole lot.”
For more information and to sign up for auditions, visit www.242untapped.com