Next Step Artist Spotlight Entries For October & November


NOTE: Due to a technical mishap, contest entries for October were lost. The contest has been extended through November, and we’re encouraging everyone who submitted for October to do so again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Next Step is a monthly contest to aimed at giving back to our thriving community of artists who keep us going! Our goal is to highlight some the freshest new musical talent, which also happens to abundant in this same community. We accept submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

We featured Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, and Tall Black Guy Productions in September. Give them all a listen in case you haven’t already.

We will be accepting submissions from today until Monday, November 28th. We are now open and ready to consider entries for both October and November!

Submit your music for consideration!

Video: Siaira Shawn – “Prototype”


Our girl Siaira Shawn has the sweetest voice. Here, she is performing the popular cover for Andre 3000′s “Prototype,” and yet still bringing something you’ve never quite heard before. The lady is a gem – her voice is like a blend of 90′s classic R&B mixed with underground neo-soul in its heyday.

Don’t forget to check out her “Icarus” single that dropped earlier this month.

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Video: Pollyn – “Mysterons” (Portishead Cover)


Pollyn “Mysterons” (Portishead Cover) from Pollyn on Vimeo.

Last month we posted about LA-based Pollyn’s “How Small We Are” single, and today we have for you the video for the spectacular b-side, “Mysterons,” a Portishead cover. The video is directed by the band’s own Adam Jay Weissman – pretty fancy, eh?

We are super duper looking forward to their upcoming albun, Living in Patterns, out October 4th.

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Video: Om’Mas Keith – “Mistérios”


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One of our favorite space tune maestros, Om’Mas Keith, shares his experience preparing for the Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation. He talks Portuguese, his father, and coração (heart). And be sure you don’t miss Om’Mas performing “Mistérios” with Mia Doi Todd and flexing his shiny new Portuguese skills. It’s an awesome tune and Om’Mas’ voice on this track just tickles us.

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New Track: Siaira Shawn – “Unthinkable” (Cover) + MP3


Ahhh! Much excitement. Our good homegirl Siaira Shawn out of Oakland just released a super rad cover of Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable.” Keep a lookout for this lady; her mellow sing-song ways can make anything better.

And for those that have just been put on, check out Siaira’s EP, The In Between, that dropped last year. It’s a free download on Bandcamp!

Stream and download “Unthinkable” below!

Unthinkable(Alicia Keys Cover) by siairashawn

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