ChinahBlac, Wes-Tone & Cramer Are Winners of GRAMMY Amplifier Contest [VIDEO]
After months of searching and curating, three artists have been chosen for the third annual GRAMMY Amplifier contest, presented by Hyundai and the Recording Academy. The winners are soulful chanteuse ChinahBlac, country/folk singer Wes-Tone and Alternative R&B songbird Cramer.
ChinahBlac is a singer, songwriter and producer from Newark, N.J., who describes her sound as “Aggressive Soul.” Her song “Keep Your Word” is a soulful gem in which ChinaBlac gives lessons on love to her boyfriend. Blac is the winner of the "Music Video” experience, where she will film and star in her own visual with a notable director.
Country/folk crooner Wes-Tone is from Minneapolis, Minn., and he offers a slice of midwestern life on the acoustic guitar-driven ballad, “Drunk and Unemployed.” On the metaphoric song, the singer compares being drunk to that of being in love with his girlfriend. Wes-Tone will receive the "Studio Recording Session" prize and will record a song with a GRAMMY-winning producer.
Finally, Akeira Cramer, or Cramer for short, is an alternative R&B artist looking to unite people and cultures worldwide with her music. The singer, who is from Marlboro, Md., is a self-taught musician and producer. On the ethereal "It's Alright, It'll Hurt a Little," Cramer sings about breaking the rules and pursuing her dreams. Fans will get to hear Cramer's worldly sound as she won the "Opening Slot” prize, which will place her onstage at a major tour or a music festival.
All of the winners were officially announced on Tuesday (March 17) during the Rolling Stone Stage: Austin music showcase at SXSW. The trio also got a chance to perform for the lively crowd as well.
Congratulations to the three winners and we wish them much success on their future endeavors.
You can listen to the GRAMMY Amplifiers' winning songs here.
Congratulations to ChinaBlac, Wes-Tone and Cramer. We wish you the best on your future endeavors.