Congrats to the April 2014 Make A Star winners. Tay Barton wins the Best Song contest with her hit “Little Giants”. Bollywood superstar Bluerays wins the Music Video title with “Chumma”. Darren Smith wins the Stand Up Comic $100 playoff and Krishna R and Tazmin Bill win the Rap Battle and Sing in 30 Seconds playoffs.
Music Video: Bluerays “Chumma”
From Bangalore, India, Bluerays aka Keerthi Srinivasan aka Keith Jackson is a pop star equal parts Bollywood and Michael Jackson. Delivering songs with bright pop hooks and modern dance rhythms, fills his music videos with dance, drama and fun. This is his fourth Make A Star music video win!
Best Song: Tay Barton “Little Giants”
Tay Barton is an 18 year old phenom born in Salt Lake City, Utah. After spending time in New York and California pursuing her talents in music, dance, modeling and acting, including a national for Disney’s Next Big Thing competition, she’s now settled in Nashville, Tennessee where her country-flavored pop music can thrive. Her first Make A Star winning song “Little Giants” is about children battling cancer.
Stand Up Comic Playoff: Darren Smith
Darren Smith is an accomplished live comedian from Philadelphia. He jokes that an upbringing in the badlands of Philly’s upper middle class, white-collar areas taught him how to survive through comedy. His comedic heroes include Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and Andrew Dice Clay. Darren is presently in Chicago and working with the famed Second City troupe.
Sing in 30 Seconds Playoff: Tazmin Bill
Congrats to this new singer frm Elmhurst, New York. This is her first Make A Star win in the a cappella contest as she sing Beyonce “Drunk in Love”.
Rap Battle Playoff: Krishna R
Krishna R is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and wins the Rap Battle playoff!
Male Solo Artist: Alex Duquette “Fields of Blue”
Alex Duquette is a young talent from Illinois who modestly describes himself as “just a guy makin’ music on YouTube”. His channel has dozens of classic cover versions featuring Alex’s multi-instrumental talents. “Fields of Blue” is an original recording and earns his first Make A Star category win.
Instrumental: LiLLuLu “Run of the blue bird”
Montreal, Canada based singer and songwriter LiLLuLu rises to the top of the instrumental category this month with another of her signature exotic, electronic world beat rhythm pieces.
Duo or Band: Avanada “Jauh Tenggelam”
All the way from Jakarta, Indonesia come Avanada – a husband and wife duo of guitarist Raya Billy Cahyo and singer Intan Kurnia Sari. Their name means ‘avatar of tone’ or the ‘embodiment of music’ and they score a great first win with their song “Terang”. Influenced mainly by British rock and pop music, they have a melodic, guitar-driven sound that is sure to please.
Stand Up Comic: Don Barnhart
Don Barnhart is a very funny man, or maybe just a great hypnotist who wants us to think he is. The Las Vegas based talent has been performing full time since 1987 and average 250 days a year on the road. Having gotten his start at the world-famous Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA, he forged friendships with legends such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey and many more. It was Leno himself who stressed the importance of touring nationally as a key to finding success in the comedy business. We’re honored Don has included MakeAStar.com on his itinerary.
Rap Battle: finno and lil G.B.
This Dublin, Ireland duo throw down some Celtic-flavored rhymes and claim their first Rap Battle win.
Sing in 30 Seconds: Alexandra Carpenter
This singer from Rhode Island sings Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” to win the a cappella cover song category.