Receiving approbation in such a prestigious competition brings a sense of honour and happiness that can’t fully be put into words.
September 07, 2017
Nashville, TN: The winners of the US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today. Since the competition’s inception in 2012, Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent and acts as a benchmark for excellence in the arena of contemporary music. Selected from 6,000 entries from almost 100 countries, the winners share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 28 winners. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label.
All entries are narrowed down to a group of finalists that are given to the panel of judges whose task is to select the winners. The panel is comprised of renowned recording artists, music journalists, and music supervisors, including such celebrities as: Aimee Mann, MercyMe, The Killers, O.A.R., Phantogram, Montgomery Gentry, David Crowder, Delbert McClinton, and many more.
The overall 2017 Grand Prize is awarded to the 17 year-old Canadian artist Faouzia. This is the first time a teen has won the overall Grand Prize since the competition launched six years ago. Her song “Knock On My Door” was the overwhelming favorite with the judges who were enamored with her vocal prowess and original pop sensibility. In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and much more in prizes, Faouzia also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives from Atlantic, Razor & Tie, Sony Music Nashville, Island, and more.
Faouzia is also the First Place winner in the Teen category and is awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s 5-week Summer Performance program as one of the prizes for winning this category.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity and the doors that it will open in the future,” said Faouzia upon winning the 2017 Unsigned Only Grand Prize. “Receiving approbation in such a prestigious competition brings a sense of honour and happiness that can’t fully be put into words. This only pushes me to work harder to achieve goals that seem unattainable but can be achieved with perseverance.”
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