The submission deadline has passed. More artist announcements still to come! Final selections will be made by March 15.
Recently celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Winston-Salem’s premiere Hard Rock band, A Light Divided, refueled their career with the release of “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The new album found A Light Divided in a new, and brighter, Light. Since its release the female fronted group has surpassed 370,000 streams on Spotify and have sold hundreds of CDs. A Light Divided has toured all over the country multiple times played some of the biggest stages such as Warped Tour and Rock Fest. video
calebfolks. is an Indie Rock/Pop artist based out of Phoebus, Virginia. Caleb is known for his high energy, smooth stage presence, and consistent interaction with any crowd. He never wears shoes, and has been nicknamed Freedom Feet. calebfolks. is a full time musician. His goal to spread hope and love through his music. video
Chuckie Campbell is an American hip hop artist, poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, and educator. In 2018, he was A3C’s This Is My Year Contest Winner, and took home an All WNY Music Award for Best Hip Hop Artist. Campbell performs with a 6-piece live band, which includes a full horn section. With CJ Smith on Keys, John Hunter on drums, Naheem Shabazz on Trombone, Emilio Virella on Trumpet, and Brian Herlihy on Bass, they make for an eclectic approach to hip hop filled with fluid instrumentation, lush musical arrangements, and heartfelt poetic nuance. video
Danny & Jimmy, brothers who continue to demonstrate just how much fun it is to share their music with the public, are currently preparing the release of their new EP “Solo 2 Canales” (Just two Channels). These two have toured around the East and West coast promoting the release of their latest single Mi Sufrimiento as well as their previous EP. With good vibes and incredible energy these two brothers are a performance not to miss. video
Delirious George is a group of 6 right out of Norfolk VA who put a delirious twist on the precision-funk genre or as they call it, Grown-Folk music. Their sound has been shaped by many great influences, that they’ve also had the privilege of sharing a bill with, such as: Dopapod, Pimps of Joytime, Jazz is Phish, The Fritz, Big Something and many more. This high energy group is sure to get you on your feet and shaking what your mama gave you. video
Dentist is a female fronted indie surf trio from Asbury Park, NJ. In 2018, Dentist made the A.V. Club’s list of “Most anticipated albums of 2018,” were named one of the “Top 10 bands at SXSW 2018” by the Mercury News, listed as a “favorite new musical discovery” on NPR’s Sound Opinions, and had tv appearances on Sound Diego NBC California and Fox 29’s The Q. They also made the NACC Top 200 for college radio, peaking at number 58. Dentist additionally completed a month long tour following the release of their album “Night Swimming” on Cleopatra Records, and played over 80 shows throughout the year. The band is currently gearing up for a three week tour in March, including official shows at SXSW and Treefort Music Festivals. video
“Destiny Claymore sings like an angel and raps like a Tasmanian devil.” — Boston Herald
An alternative hip-hop/soul artist from San Diego, CA but majorly based in Brockton,MA, Claymore is known for the unique style of breakdancing, singing, and rapping. Destiny Claymore has played on Van’s Warped Tour #TransformStage 2018, opened for Jennifer Hudson and Shawn Hook at Pittsburg Pride Fest 2017, and sang as a lead in Boston Rock Opera’s “HAIR”. video
When Dig the Kid sings about living life on the edge, this hard-rocking power duo knows what they’re talking about. Forming a little over 4 years ago, founder Lisa Mongelli (drums) hooked up with Cory Todd (singer/guitarist). DTK built a following through dynamic live performances and steady touring. They were chosen to contribute the end title track of the big budget remake of Point Break. The result, “Still Breathing,” was the centerpiece of the Alcon/Warner Bros. movie and soundtrack.
Dig the Kid has released a pair of EPs, while licensing their songs to Showtime’s Shameless series, ESPN and more. They performed live at Sonoma Raceway. Five of their original songs were also used as part of a marketing campaign for the national women’s clothing line, Bebe, who gave away downloads of the band’s music at all their stores nationwide. video
Dreadnot is an explosion of energy, color, and sound. From crunchy riff-driven rock songs to lonesome melancholic blues, the band explores loss, love, loneliness, and revival in original songs that feel more like movies than just music. With dynamics that pan from louder than lions to as quiet as the space between each breath, come find out what hundreds of audiences are finding out – these guys are for real. video
Born in New York City and currently residing in South Florida, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter emmanuelle sasson asked her father if she could take guitar lessons when she was just 6. When he said yes, emmanuelle practiced for hours upon hours until “I had to dip my fingers in ice water because they burned so much.” At 14, emmanuelle began taking voice lessons while continuing to feed her YouTube channel with song covers in the solitude of her bedroom/music studio. emmanuelle is currently in junior high school and occasionally performs covers on the streets of Miami. She is an active member of H.O.P.E. club (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) and is an advocate to help spread awareness of mental health issues. video
WHITE AND WILD MEETS BLACK AND MILD. ZacMac and Gordo Kai or are two small town country boys from Charlottesville Virginia. They have accomplished a little more than most expected in such a short time on. Whether performing locally, out of state festivals or out of the country they have managed to make an impact wherever they touchdown. Their sound can be a fusion between alternative rock, jazz, trap, electric soul, R&B, EDM or Future Bass. video
Every King & Commoner is a music trio based in Norfolk VA. EK&C has spent the last three years together crafting their sound and have birthed one of the most electric live shows in their region. With influences ranging from Soul music of the 60’s & 70’s, and Appalachian country music, to modern electronic pop and high energy rock n roll, EK&C has had opportunities opening for diverse groups from as Corey Smith to Lecrae. They’ve played venues from living rooms and storage units with 13 close friends to packed showcase rooms with 1100 people. An EK&C show will leave you asking when you can see them again. In February 2018 EK&C won the Veer Music Award for Song of the Year. video
The Foxfires are a Seagaze band from Nyack, NY formed in 2013. The band has been playing shows extensively across the east coast and Midwest, making their mark on the world with their positive message for four years with their positively charged songs. video
‘Ghosts of Evolution’ (GoE) is a progressive rock band based in Hampton Roads, VA. The group is comprised of musicians from New York, Texas and Virginia Beach and are often compared sound-wise with experimental/space rock genres and to such bands such as Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree,
and Tool. To date GoE has released five singles and have a double album in the works. video
Gold Lemonade is an innovative blend of electro dubstep and trap. The duo was discovered by Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons in 2018, and signed to his label as recording artists. DJ Producer Lya Lewis and trap lyricist Jvgg Spvrrow teamed up to curate a unique sound that has allowed them to be considered trailblazers of the electronic dance music and hip-hop scene. Their debut single “Cake Up” had an exclusive premier on Billboard.com, followed by several single releases and a four-part EP. They are currently working on a 16-track mixtape titled “School of Hard Drops”, that contains collaborations with several featured artists. The mixtape is set to release in the spring of 2019. video
Formed in 2015 by Bright Kelly (vocals), John Hoff (drums), and Brian DiBiagio (guitars), The Great Enough released their first single, ‘Can You Relate?’ in 2017. It garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify. Their brand of vital, intense rock-and-roll draws comparisons to artists like The Killers, The Gaslight Anthem, and The Lumineers.
Their five-track EP, ‘Born’, (released in 2018) continues to receive radio rotation and led to The Great Enough opening stadium and arena shows, including two iHeartMedia festivals. In 2018-19, they shared the stage with acts including Imagine Dragons, Judah & The Lion, AJR, Mike Shinoda, Sir Sly, Fuel, Eve 6, Sir Sly, Young The Giant, Matt & Kim, and LovelyTheBand. video
H3nry Thr!ll is a DJ/Producer from Washington D.C. who makes high energy, progressive house and future house/bounce tracks. Writing music and DJing since he was 12, this up-and-comer played his first festival and club when he was only 14! video
Jack Colgan is a Virginia Beach based musician who has been surprising audiences since he was thirteen years old. With a growing book of original music, his voice epitomizes the sound of rock music of the 90’s and 2000’s. Jack performs with his band and also in a duo with electric bass accompaniment, and as a solo acoustic artist. video
Joshua’s honest, heartfelt lyrics are a cross between poetry and conversation. His voice has the raspy, soulful quality of Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) or Seal. The musical style ranges from the loose groove of The Band, to the solid funk of James Brown, to the surgical precision of Death Cab for Cutie. A multi-instrumentalist, Joshua has toured the entire US and beyond. In 2018, Van Ness released his latest solo effort, “Wild” while supporting “The Revivalists”. A new solo record is slated for an early 2019 release. video
King Tay, Hip Hop, Philadelphia, PA
Paving the way with his unorthodox approach, KingTay is a considerably significant and influential up-and-coming hip-hop artist from Philadelphia. Through his inspirational lyrics, his organic and versatile rapping style, and his pioneering sound with consistent changes of flows and melodies, KingTay’s authentic creations are, in his perspective, soul music, where listeners are able to grasp his concepts and messages in an uplifting, relatable fashion.
Marcaux is an alternative Pop/Hip Hop artist from Long Island, New York. Since switching artist names, he has released his highly anticipated EP “Hypocrite” as well as multiple in studio videos. You can find Marcaux and the Hypocrite EP on all streaming platforms! video
Mic Ross, Hip Hop, Boston, MA
Mic Ross is what happens when the East coast flow and delivery meets southern enthusiasm. The Boston born/ Atlanta raised Emcee is 1 third of the group No Muzzle and 100% . Whether its his catchy songs, deep lyrics, clever videos or his inspiring life story Mic Ross is a show you never want to miss.
The industry is aware of the newest wave of artists like Lecrae, Chance The Rapper, J-Cole and NF who are blowing up the national charts with their inspirational, faith-driven content. It’s clear that their music buzzes and labels are searching for the next big artist. Indie rapper, Mike Sarge, has proven early that he can become just that. Mike Sarge is a smooth Hip-Hop artist from Atlanta, GA, currently residing in the Masters city of Augusta, GA. video
“That classic hardcore sound will never die….Negro Terror’s debut EP is a ferocious opening salvo” – Afropunk.com
Making their home in the gritty places between Graceland and Nathan Bedford Forrest monuments, Negro Terror is a black, hardcore punk riding out of the Dirty South and bringing an unapologetic attitude, message, and driving groove with them. Check out their live show and the Worldwide Premiere of the award-winning documentary about them and sharing their name. Negro Terror is “The Voice of Memphis”. video
Hailing from Queens, NY, Hard Rock trio The Poynt has been flooding the underground rock scene since late 2015. The Poynt experiments with different styles. With their 2017 Alternative Rock EP Alpha Queue and more recent shift to an aggressive, Hard Rock sound, The Poynt’s upcoming full-length album is their most ambitious work and set to be released later this year. With their musical influences ranging from The Ramones to Metallica, audiences are enthralled with Eduardo’s unique vocals, Adhnan’s blistering guitar solos, and Dom’s aggressive, pounding drums. video
Named one of the Top #10 indie acts across Canada, within 6 months of coming together, Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold conquered audiences of 25,000+ , performing at notable festivals and winning over crowds of 20-somethings & baby boomers alike. They’re high energy, refreshing and modern with a hint of 90s aesthetic. Picture Benatar on vocals and Jett on guitar, backed by hard hitting rhythms and infectious melodies. video
Expertly combining soulful vocals, driving guitar riffs, and rhythmic beats best describes this Northern Virginia based rock trio Schreiner. Led by vocalist / guitarist John Schreiner, the band formed in 2017 along with bassist Jay Glaspy and has resulted in a unique blues-rock sound that is very evident on their upcoming debut album. The 10-song album was recorded at Ivakota Studios in DC with engineer/producer Ben Green and fuses multiple styles into a very distinct sound. With their debut album on the horizon, Schreiner is quickly progressing to be one of the mid-Atlantic region’s premier live acts. video
Jack Skuller was recognized by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for his breakthrough talent and they awarded him the Holly Prize in tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly and in recognition of Skuller’s all-in-one talent. He is the frontman of The Skullers and the band has twice been featured on WRAT-FM as the Jersey Rock Band of the Week. video
The Slang is an indie rock band three-piece from Washington D.C. Their musical talents have earned them invitations to several premier music conferences including ECMC, MPMF, NXNE, IPO and CMJ.
The songs of The Slang have been used in various mainstream outlets including HBO, USA network, and Troma Films. The bands first self-titled EP mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Tokyo Police Club, The Toxic Airborne Event) and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) had solid success throughout the US with over 50+ CMJ stations playing tracks from the EP as well as numerous industry write-ups, both stateside and abroad. video
Sparky Quano is truly a one man orchestra. This solo guitarist makes his own sounds in real time with inventive looping techniques (without a synthesizer, PC, or rhythm box). Sparky’s combination of bass guitar, drums, and space-sounds radiate from his guitar in a one-of-a-kind unique style that will captivate your senses. Sparky’s music draws from rock, metal, new age, progressive, ambient, improvisation, pop, film music, and more. There is a huge difference between just hearing his music and seeing the performance…and it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss! video
Consisting of Nate Milstein, Vince Gillman, Matt Devonshire, and Matt Bryson, Titans in Time strive to help people overcome their issues through their music and values, using the mantra “we’re all titans”. The group strives to let their fans know that their issues can be worked through, and the Titans’ community is there for them. Titans in Time is spreading this idea along the east coast with tours and shows alongside some of today’s biggest rock bands. In 2016 the earned awards for “EP of the Year”, and “Single of the Year” from Banks Radio. The Titans most recent EP, “Atlas” was recorded and produced by Jim Wirt (A Skylit Drive, Incubus, Hoobastank). video
It’s possible you could simplify Tornado Bait as Americana. However, they’re a storm brewing of influences, call it “Grunge Grass” if you will. A female fronted band with a lineup that can’t be tamed. Influences that vary from Slade, Joplin, Johnny, Jones, Elvis and some miss guided softer side of an Alice Cooper, mixed with Kurt and Country. Don’t forget, you’re in the lineup too because we need you to join the band. Grab from the “trunk of funk” or make a bag to wear and get on stage! With a look as indescribable as the sound, you might find Msesippi solo, as a duo, a full band or with special guest and friends. Tornado Bait is ready to reign down acoustic thunder or full electric lightning no matter what the occasion. video
Turncoat Syndicate delivers straight forward alternative rock while drawing inspiration from 90’s Grunge.
The Norfolk, Virginia Alternative Rock group is comprised of vocalist Dan Forlines, guitarist Will Clarke, bassist Pat Maurer and drummer Mat Talley. They have developed a strong foundation of song writing and performing. The band’s debut EP “Mourning Star”, released in 2013 received positive reviews and was nominated for rock band of the year by VEER Magazine. Since releasing “Mourning Star”, Turncoat Syndicate released two singles: the grinding “Hidden Hand” and the Hunter S. Thompson inspired “Relax -This Won’t Hurt.” The band released their first full length album “The Life You Wanted” worldwide on November 2, 2018. On February 12, 2019 VEER Magazine named “The Life You Wanted” album of the year. video
Two Hand Touch, Rock, Virginia Beach, VA
Two Hand Touch wants to connect with their listeners. The power and raw emotion of Kelly Huntsberry’s vocal nestles beautifully against the soothing sincerity of Mike Gombas’s subtle, yet compelling delivery. The blend of these two personalities creates a world in which the listener is happy to lose themselves. Set against mike’s single guitar Two Hand Touch sing harmonies that resonate long after the songs are finished. Two Hand Touch is based out of Virginia Beach.
Tyler Meacham is a 24-year-old alt-pop singer & songwriter from Richmond, VA. Her expressive, vocally-charged songs tell her story of love and loss, of falling down, getting back up, and finding her voice. Tyler spent the last year writing & producing a new demo every month to share with her internet following. Backed by a full band, her music carries an emotional resonance that aims to leave listeners feeling hopeful & a little less alone. Tyler is preparing to release her debut record and regularly shares new music on YouTube, Facebook, and Patreon. video
Wojo is an alternative singer-songwriter based in NYC, from Mars PA where he still collaborates/records with his sound engineer & lead guitarist on their independent label Motherboard Earth Productions. Rooted in alternative rock, dipped in coffee-shop acoustic, a dash of grunge with a smooth melodic finish, Wojo’s music explores progressive new territory of his songwriting, incorporating elements of dance music, pop, metal, and psychedelia. After releasing two EPs (2012, 2015) Wojo recently released his new single “Sunshine (Way That You Move)” in Oct. 2018 after recovering from a kidney transplant in 2016 (kidney disease; IgA nephropathy). video