Next Step September Winner: Rachel Brotman

 

Swoon! More delicious flavor thanks to this Next Step contest of ours! Our September winner is the graceful miss Rachel Brotman and we are ever so thrilled to share her sounds with you.

The jazzy Manhattan born and bred singer, songwriter, and pianist has returned to NYC after a long stint as a New Orleans dweller. Along with her new band, which includes, Yago Vazquez (piano), Zach Lane (bass), Anthony Taddeo (drums), our lady is fully equipped to induce tingles at her will.

Below, we’ve got her flutter worthy cover of the Dirty Projectors tune,”Two Doves.”

Catch Rachel live on November 30 at Pete’s Candy Store in NYC – if the above video for “Only” is any indication, it’s going to be stellar. Also look out for Rachel’s EP coming out soon.

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Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli

 

Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two, is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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New Mix: Jaidene Veda Album Teaser

 

The supremely talented miss Jaidene Veda has been gearing up to release her new album via an Indiegogo campaign. Silky sensual soulful house grooves that have tingles running up and down your spine with basically no effort.

Jai has no shame when it comes to wielding the powers of that tantalizing voice of hers. Lost your sexy? Let this woman help you bring it back. Shoot, even the album teaser could help you run a little game.

Very excited for this new project! To find out more about this lovely lady, check out her feature as our May Next Step winner!

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Now Accepting September Next Step Entries

 

It’s on for September Next Step contest submissions! Get to work, folks.

Next Step winners in 2012 have included: Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, Dezaray Dawn for April, Jaidene Veda for May, and The Broken Orchestra for June!

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, September 30. That said, we are now open for September 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Now Accepting August Next Step Entries

 

Yes, indeed! Submission time for August Next Step contest is here! Rejoice! And get to submitting

Next Step winners in the past have included: Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, Dezaray Dawn for April, Jaidene Veda in May, and The Broken Orchestra in June!

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, August 31. That said, we are now open for August 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!