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YouBloom Launches Online Song Contest

If you're a budding singer or songwriter or you're in a band and all you want is to be heard by someone who knows music, I think this is the right time to make the trek to audition for a national talent contest.

The 2011 YouBloom Song Contest, the annual internet-based competition founded by Harrington and musician/songwriter Bob Geldof is just around the corner.

Harrington and Geldof, along with A&R man Nigel Grainge (The Waterboys, Sinead O'Connor, The Boomtown Rats, World Party and Steve Miller Band), songwriter/producer Rupert Hine (Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks), and record producer Damion "Damizza" Young (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Mariah Carey) have joined together to offer their experience and guidance, instincts, contacts, knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the music biz.

The 2011 YouBloom Song Contest, now in its second year, has just begun taking song submissions, and all details are posted at www.youbloom.com.

Last year's grand winner, pop/folk singer/songwriter Neev Kennedy, and the three Grand Finalists, will be honored at a special YouBloom LIVE awards event and live performance showcase at the Cobden Club in London today.

Geldof, Harrington, and Grainge will present Kennedy with a Grand Prize trophy plus a cash prize of 10,000 (8,500). The fans will get an in-concert taste of Kennedy and Grand Finalists soul/R&B artist Renny C, rock/pop singer/songwriter Marina V, and indie rockers Intermission.

"Song contests have been done before a million times, but this isn't 'X Factor' or 'American Idol,'" said Geldof. "That's great television and entertainment and can find spectacular voices, but we would like to find the songwriters and let their peers decide their value and thus their audience. It's not quite the re-invention of the wheel, just a little push of the same wheel for those who should be heard."

"Last year, the model proved itself in a suitably modest way. The contestants liked it. Thousands have participated. Millions are expected to vote this year. ut even if they don't, some good music and artists have already come out of it, and that's what we set out to do. Who knows where it will go?"

Nigel Grainge, the man who found so many famous songs, signed and developed the artists, said, "The essential A&R function of record companies is disappearing now that talent spotting logic is being left to the web. We're allowing the audience to find and sift the talent as was done in the past and decide which artists will develop. That's the key. We can offer some guidance, given that we're all ancient, but that's about it. It'll be interesting at least. I'm looking forward to seeing what turns up."

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