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Excitement is building to a fever pitch as the finalists have been named in the 2019 “Your Big Break” talent competition presented by the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org, and the Rick Eberle Agency.
Now in its seventh year, “Your Big Break” contestants get the chance to perform before music business insiders while competing for great prizes, hoping to get that “big break” to propel their careers to the next level. Finalists in this year’s competition will be paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock by performing songs by artists who appeared at the iconic music festival including numbers by Joan Baez; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Janis Joplin; Jefferson Airplane; and The Who.
As part of the “Your Big Break” competition, finalists have the opportunity to meet with experienced music industry professionals they have selected to serve as their mentors before the final performance to provide advice to help them compete, with the ultimate goal of winning and advancing their careers in the performing arts.
And the finalists vying to be named the winner of this year’s “Your Big Break” competition are:
Jackie Romeo, 15, a resident of Massapequa whose musical genre includes soul, pop, and rhythm & blues, has been singing since childhood, but she has gotten serious with her music over the last two years. She has performed with Long Island native, singer/songwriter, producer, and actress Debbie Gibson and her Electric Youth Workshop. She has sung the national anthem for the Town of Oyster Bay’s summer music in the parks concerts. Jackie will be performing Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane in the final competition.
Over the Garden Wall, a band formed by Westbury resident Jonathan Gardyn, along with Ryan Wall of Valley Stream, and Garden City’s Aidan Larenas, previous performers who play classic rock and are currently experimenting with original music. Actively searching for members of the new band, Ryan was put into contact with Grey Wilson and elementary school classmate Sarah Hock, both of Valley Stream. Ryan and Jon attended the School of Rock in Rockville Centre with Grey. The band’s performance in the finals will be Can’t Explain, by The Who.
Arizona Lindsey is a 22-year old from Lindenhurst who is an aspiring country-pop singer/songwriter who gave a passionate vocal performance with and heartfelt and powerful lyrics in the semi-finals. She is also a passionate mental health advocate who strives to de-stigmatize mental health issues through her music and intimate conversations with her fanbase. She recently released a single and accompanying music video, “The Desired Way,” that was inspired by, and tackled topics such as grief, loss and how to help those who may be grieving. Arizona will be performing the Joan Baez hit, The Last Thing on my Mind.
A Band Called Sad is an alternative rock band that performs with an undercurrent of sadness that captures a certain nostalgia for events of what could have been. The band consists of front men Marlon Marcy and Taylor Crawford and some alternating performers, all of whom have been influenced by Radiohead, The Smiths, The Talking Heads, and others. The NYC-based group will be performing the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classic, Wooden Ships.
Lydia von Hof is a 16-year old singer, piano player, and songwriter from Commack who has performed as a soloist at Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks half-time show, The Bitter End in NYC, the Hard Rock Café in Boston was a finalist in last year’s “Your Big Break.” She has performed as a singer/pianist at New York City venues such as the Broadway Comedy Club, and The Duplex cabaret club, and performed with the New York Opera Exchange. Lydia will perform Summertime, by Janis Joplin.
Prizes in the “Your Big Break” competition include the chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Paramount in New York City; recording time at Mix Place; public relations and social media campaign management, including booking and label consultation with the Rick Eberle Agency; musical equipment from All Music Inc., and ZOOM North America; homepage feature on ReverbNation.com; and a feature article in Good Times Magazine.
For more information visit www.goldcoastarts.org or call 516-829-2570.