ChinahBlac, Cramer and Wes-Tone
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2015 GRAMMY Amplifier Winners Announced
Indie artists ChinahBlac, Cramer and Wes-Tone were announced as the winners of the third annual GRAMMY Amplifier program during a South by Southwest showcase on March 17 in Austin, Texas. The winners each performed a brief set and were given a grand prize that will help launch their respective music careers.
Newark, N.J., soul singer/songwriter ChinahBlac earned the opportunity to create a music video with a noted producer/director with her winning song "Keep Your Word." "Here I am at the end of [GRAMMY Amplifier] a conqueror," said ChinahBlac.
Hailing from Upper Marlboro, Md., soul/R&B singer/songwriter Cramer will perform during the opening slot on a major tour and/or festival as her winning prize. "I wanted to be heard," said Cramer on her decision to submit her song "It's Alright (It'll Only Hurt A Little)." "I wanted somebody to hear what I had to say."
"When I found out I was a finalist it felt like I had a cannonball in my gut," added Minneapolis-based Americana artist Wes-Tone, whose song "Drunk And Unemployed" earned him the prize of a studio session with a GRAMMY-winning producer.
Three-time GRAMMY winner Mark Ronson served as the official GRAMMY Amplifier ambassador alongside this year's program curators — GRAMMY winners the Band Perry and Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. The ambassador and curators vetted the top 25 most "amplified" submissions to determine the three winners and assign their prizes.
To hear the winning songs and for more on the GRAMMY Amplifier, visit www.grammyamplifier.com.