Highway Records Looking for Utah‘s Next: Regional Music Powerhouse

Highway Records, in conjunction with ABC 4’s, Good Things Utah, BYU Radio and Schooled Magazine, announces the launch of its second-annual statewide talent search: Utah’s Next.

Musicians interested in a chance to win a 4-song demo album produced by Highway Records should submit a 5-minute video or DVD. Applications will be accepted until March 18.

“We are looking for someone, or some band, that has appeal both on stage and on screen,” said Jon Dayton, General Manager of Highway Records.  “We invite musicians of all styles and genres to enter.  Our goal is simply to encourage and cultivate local talent while raising the quality level within the industry.”

Twenty-five quarter-finalists will be selected by industry executives to perform in a closed audition for experts and celebrity judges. Ten semi-finalists will then perform in a public concert where audience member voting will count for fifty percent of the performance rating. Judges ratings will count for the other fifty percent.

Three finalists will advance to perform live, in random order on Good Thing’s Utah April 6, 7 and 8. Viewers will then vote online for who “Utah’s Next” should be. The winner will be announced live April 12 and then head to the studio.

“Utah’s Next” is open to all musicians over the age of 16, including singers, bands, and instrumentalists.  Performers are encouraged to present original work, though it is not required. Please visit www.UtahsNext.com for an application form and complete listing of rules and guidelines.

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