January Next Step Winner: Selina Carrera

 

A Philly native and graduate from the famed Creative and Performing Arts High School attended by Boyz II Men, Jazmine Sullivan, Amel Larrieux, Questlove, and Blackthought, songwriter, poet, singer, and rapper, Selina Carrera comes from a promising lineage of artists.

Her The Wonder Years project released earlier this year takes a collection of her older works to display the impressive breadth of her skill and sound, which spans hip-hop, soul, and electronic. Stand out tracks are “Get Up,” “Raw Bounce,” “Energy,” and “Retro.”

Look out for her debut EP, Everyday Love, later this year. In the meantime, hear an exclusive track from the upcoming EP called “Better Off” below.

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Now Accepting April Next Step Entries

 

April Next Step contest submission time is here!

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

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Friday, April 19. That said, we are now open for April 2013 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

December Next Step Winner: Sophia Bastian

 

NY singer/songwriter Sophia Bastian won our hearts late last year when she debuted her first ever video for “Breaking.” Then at the top of the year she dropped her video for her fantastic Portishead cover she called “Gloryboxed” – watch it after the jump. While catching up on Next Step entries, we were thrilled to find that Sophia was entered into our December 2012 pool of submissions.

A background in classic blues and soul paired with her jazz training and love for hip hop, the heights that Sophia is poised to reach are truly exciting. Her tone is rich and her delivery is potent, reminding us a bit of Amy Winehouse at times. We hope you enjoy the sultry “Makes Me Believe” from her upcoming Juvenile Blues EP below.

Look forward to more shows and music soon!

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“Gloryboxed” video after the jump

Now Accepting March Next Step Entries

 

We are ready for March submissions to our Next Step contest – show us what you’re working with!

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

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Sunday, March 31. That said, we are now open for March 2013 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!