Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.
Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.
Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.
Americana: MIKE HALL,
manager and booking coordinator of Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House. Set inside the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church, this area landmark of acoustic music has become a haven for musicians and audiences looking for a laid back but engaging concert experience for a quarter century.
Singer Songwriter: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com
Children's/Novelty : Monty Harper has been on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster since 1995. His songs and recordings have won many honors from groups including Parents’ Choice, iParenting, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Kids Radio Mania, and Unisong International. He has released eight titles on CD, available through CDBaby.com and iTunes Music Store More information is at www.montyharper.com
Christian: Joe Milton is well-known for his independent recording studio, Jo-Musik, where he writes and records his own material and produces new talent. Joe's songs have been featured in film and television, including the NBC mini-series, Hunt For the Unicorn about fugitive Ira Einhorn. http://joemilton.com/mus.htm
Country: Bret Dillon, named “DJ of the Year” in 2011 by the Texas Music Awards and is also the 2012 6th Annual Rusty Weir Life Time Achievement Award Winner, is a 17 year member of the KHYI family, who continues to build a local and internet fan base of loyal listeners and friends.
Instrumental: Ricki Derek is a Sinatra tribute performer who plays at various venues in Dallas/Ft. Worth and has regular shows with his big band at the Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth.
Love Songs : Terry Hankins is a professional jazz guitarist who plays regularly at jazz venues in Dallas and on recording sessions. He has also written and recorded music for children's television.
Rock/Pop - Barry DeVorzon - President and Founder of MasterWriter developed MasterWriter, the program designed by songwriters for songwriters which contains all the tools and reference that are essential for the modern songwriter. As a composer/songwriter/artist Barry DeVorzon has long been a prominent name in the recording industry. He discovered the highly successful group, The Association and developed one of the most successful independent record and publishing companies of that time. He later sold his companies to Warner Records. He was nominated for an academy award for "Bless The Beasts And The Children" and won a Grammy for "Nadia's Theme". His music for television has earned him six Emmys and numerous nominations.
Among his hits are "Nadia's Theme", "Theme From S.W.A.T.", "Bless The Beasts And Children", "In The City", "No More Drama", Dreamin", "Hey Little One" and "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight".