Congrats to the January 2015 Make A Star winners! $100 cash prizes awarded to the Music Video, Best Song, and our quarterly Playoff for Sing in 30 Seconds, Rap Battle and Stand Up Comic contests
Music Video: Maxi Pachecoy “Sin Vacilar”
Maxi Pachecoy is a solo musician and songwriter from Argentina. His music is a mix of folk, rock and pop with a traditional Argentine flair. His first recording “Wherever the River” came out in 2010 and since then he has released several new albums and toured both South and North America extensively. This music video for “Sin Vacilar” is his first Make A Star win.
Best Song: Dolly Rappaport Band “Here to There”
Accomplished classical pianist, jazz saxophonist and singer Dolly Rappaport brings her exceptional musical talents to the pop music world with her band. Dolly’s musical journey began in childhood and took her through the University of Illinois’ music department, where she met her musical partner and future husband Mitch. Now based in northern California, Dolly is crafting jazz-infused pop and soul songs that hit all the right notes. A Make A Star winner back in 2009, and Best Song finalist in October 2014, she claims her first Best Song win this month!
Rap Battle Playoff: TaEager
India’s TaEager formed a hip-hop and EDM influenced group with friends from his university engineering classes. Previous winners in the Music Video and Best Song contests, he goes solo with this rap battle performance and wins the quarterly playoff!
Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff: Yasmin
Yasmin is a singer from Aachen, Germany. She wins her first Make A Star title with this version of Passenger’s hit song ‘Holes’.
Stand Up Comic Playoff: Wes Corwin
Wes Corwin is from Austin, Texas. This winning performance comes from the “Funniest Person in Austin” stand-up comedy competition. Wes is also the co-host of “Feature Complete Alpha Podcast” with Paul Harrison.
Male Solo Artist: Rene Saucier “Journey Through Time”
Rene Saucier believes that if music is in your blood, it is there forever. Raised with the music of The Beatles and the classic rock bands of the era, he cites country, blues, reggae, and Christian music as his loves. A guitarist and singer for several bands through the years, Rene now writes and records his own music from a home studio in New Hampshire.
Female Solo Artist: Kier “I’m With You”
Kierstyn was born in Toronto, Ontario. Kier currently is a part of a new outreach reality TV series called Love is Moving. She has been singing since she was little but began writing in 2010 and has over 60 completed songs. Kier began pursuing her music in July 2013 and has just finished her first EP which will be released soon. This is her first Make A Star win.
Instrumental: Gylepomp “Biking with my friend”
Gylepomp is a ‘onemanjamband’ who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on instrumental recordings that venture wildly through the musical realms of rock to jazz. The talented German musician has won many instrumental Make A Star titles over the years but this is his first Music Video win for the hard rocking guitar riffs of “Burnout”.
Rap Battle: Krishna R
Krishna R is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and wins the Rap Battle for the month. A former playoff winner in April 2014, she now awaits her next challengers for the next playoff round in a couple months to compete for the cash prize.
Sing in 30 Seconds: Sydney Shalhoob
From Santa Barbara, California, Sydney Shalhoob wins her first Make A Star title with this a cappella version of Ariana Grande’s “Honeymoon Avenue”.