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Unsigned Only Announces 2015 Winners

Country Music Duo Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell Take Home Grand Prize
For a complete list of winners, click here. Unsigned Only is now accepting entries. To enter, click here.
(Press Release) September 9, 2015 – The Unsigned Only Music Competition, geared toward musical artists who are unsigned to a major record label or its affiliates, announced its 2015 winners today. The competition recognizes the best in up-and-coming artists worldwide and acts as a benchmark for excellence in contemporary music. Winners were selected from 7,000 entries from all over the world and represent many genres of contemporary, commercial music. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to a First and Second Place winner in each category, as well as to a fan favorite winner in the online public vote, Fandemonium. The 2015 Grand Prize goes to Australian (California-born) Jared Porter and New Zealander Kaylee Bell for their acclaimed duet and co-written song, “Pieces.” In addition to winning $10,000 in cash and $20,000 in merchandise and services, Porter and Bell also receive the opportunity to be mentored by the top echelon of record company professionals, including Presidents and top-level executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Sony Music Nashville, RCA, Capitol, Big Machine, Roc Nation, Vanguard, Sugar Hill, and American Recordings. The 2015 Grand Prize winners, Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell, teamed up to write and perform the stunning duet, “Pieces.” With this collaboration, they have crafted a song that showcases their beautiful vocals and an emotional, stellar performance. The artists have a lot in common, as both are Toyota Star Maker winners and have accumulated extensive accolades, including winning the APRA New Zealand Best Country Song award for “Pieces.” The song also went to #1 on the Australia Country Music charts. “As we entered the fourth year of this competition, the level of talent has grown exponentially,” state Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “This year, the winners impressed the judges with their passion, creativity, energy, and artistry. The Grand Prize winners, Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell, embody the future of music, and we hope that the recognition they receive through Unsigned Only gives them the inspiration and ammunition to keep growing as artists and succeed in attaining their goals.”

2015 Grand Prize Winners: Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell

Jared Porter
Jared Porter
Kaylee Bell
Kaylee Bell

Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell – “Pieces” Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand and and Congratulations to Jared and Kaylee!

Judges Aimee Mann; Dustin Lynch; The Killers; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); and Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post) Screen Shot Judges Screen Shot is a new category this year and accepts songs that are appropriate for film, tv, advertising, gaming, etc. Judges for the Screen Shot category only include: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); James Kempner (JMK Connections); Randy Powell (Kicksta Music Group); Carlos Muhammad (Egyptian Man Entertainment Group); Richard Kirstein (Resilient Music LLP); and Jessica Cole (Lyric House Publishing) Grand Prize Mentors Pete Ganberg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Senior Vice President of A&R, Warner Bros. Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R, Capitol Music Group); Lenny Santiago (Vice President of A&R, Roc Nation); Taylor Lindsey (Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); Dino Paredes (Senior Vice President of A&R/GM, American Recordings); Katie Welle (Senior Vice President of A&R, RCA Records); Gary Paczosa (Vice President of A&R, Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records); and Allison Jones (Senior Vice President, Big Machine) Categories AAA (Adult Album Alternative); AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Screen Shot*; Teen; and Vocal Performance. *Screen Shot is a new category this year and accepts songs that are appropriate for film, tv, advertising, and gaming. All styles of music are accepted into this category. The judges for this category are executives from music companies that specialize in finding and placing songs for film, tv, etc. Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Gretsch Drums, ADK Microphones, Guitar Center, D’Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Eventric, Bombplates, and The Music Business Registry. Sponsors Spotlight

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Guitar Center Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 5 is now live, offering aspiring singer-songwriters across the country the chance to take their careers to the next level. The winner will have the opportunity to: record a 4-song E.P with Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and more); perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!; take home new gear and $25,000 cash; plus much more. Joining the fold of advisers this year is Dallas Green of City and Colour who will lend his talents as a mentor to the winner, guiding them through the writing and recording process. Click here.
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Industry Partners Spotlight

Billboard Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.
Americana Music Association The Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together artists and industry professionals for four days of music and education. The event takes place September 15-20, 2015, in Nashville, TN. The conference features numerous panels, seminars and more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum and covering the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals. By night, AmericanaFest features over 140 evening showcases held at multiple downtown music venues and a ticket to the critically acclaimed Honors and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. For more information, visit
Harry Fox Agency HFA is the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry. With over 48,000 music publishing clients, HFA issues the largest number of licenses for the use of music in both physical and digital distribution formats. HFA also serves the D.I.Y. market with Songfile®, the company’s online licensing tool. Slingshot™, HFA’s rights management service offering, includes a suite of information management and technology solutions designed to simplify and facilitate the administration of intellectual property rights. As an industry leader in establishing global data standards, HFA is a founding member of Digital Data Exchange (DDEX).
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