Competition will showcase singing groups
April 12, 2011
By STEPHANIE KOHL firstname.lastname@example.org
Singing groups with between three and 25 performers are invited to showcase their singing talents in a national competition.
Sing!, created by DDR Corp. for implementation at its properties throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, begins Friday and runs through May 31. Groups can complete an online entry form and upload an original audio performance of a song from the approved song list to the Deer Park Town Center Sing! website at deerparktowncenter.2011sing.com.
Ten groups will be selected through an online popular vote and Deer Park Town Center will select two alternates for a total of 12 semifinalists.
The semifinalists will perform live at Deer Park Town Center Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. The pool of 12 will be whittled to three by a panel of local judges and audience text voting, followed by another round of online voting to identify one finalist to represent Deer Park Town Center and compete against 10 other finalists from the other properties. A final online and text vote will determine the grand-prize winning group.
"Arts and education has always been a top corporate objective and the impact music has on both the arts and education makes Sing! a natural fit for our company," said Konda Dees, Deer Park Town Center marketing director. "Sing! brings a positive and empowering experience to our communities, gives back to a deserving nonprofit and who knows, may provide a 'big break' to a talented, undiscovered group."
Sing! provide vocal groups, choirs, choruses, gospel singers and glee clubs with exposure they may have never experienced before. Throughout the competition, Deer Park Town Center will highlight the competitors through online and social media.
"Sing! combines the growing trend of online, viral performances with the thrill of live music to create an opportunity for groups in our community to showcase their talents," Dees added. "With the support of Kevin Briody, we are thrilled to launch Sing! and promote the positive impact music has in our lives."
The Grand Prize winner will receive an opportunity to participate in a singing, songwriting and recording session with two-time Emmy award-winner Kevin Briody, as well as receive a $5,000 DDR Corp. MasterCard gift cards and a $20,000 donation to the charity of the winning group's choice.
To enter, log on to deerparktowncenter.2011sing.com.
Emmy winning songwriter and State Toubadour of CT talks about his song-writing workshop with elementary school children. The songs were recorded by Noah Manheimer of Enchanted Garden Studios.
Friday, January 07, 2011
Developers Diversified Realty Launches a Vocal Competition Called 'Sing!'
DDR Corp. Launches a Vocal Competition Called 'Sing!'
BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today announced a 12-city vocal competition called "Sing!" set to take place online and at 13 Developers Diversified shopping centers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Sing! is a national vocal competition for choirs, choruses, gospel singers, glee clubs, and independent vocal groups. The national program being announced today will be hosted and broadcast online with live performances in 12 cities at 10 DDR shopping centers in the United States and three in Puerto Rico. A winner at each shopping center will be selected to vie for a grand prize including a $20,000 donation to the winning group's favorite charity, $5,000 in DDR gift cards, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record a song with two-time Emmy award winning singer and songwriter, Kevin Briody.
Based on current popular talent-based television shows and the success of live performances at the company's premier properties, Sing! will not only promote talent locally, but in conjunction with ShopStar, DDR's proprietary shopper loyalty program, and social media outlets Facebook and Twitter, consumers all across the United States will be encouraged to vote and follow their favorite acts.
"This competition will be an outstanding venue to showcase a number of our prime properties; promote our shopper loyalty program, ShopStar; and provide an opportunity for talented vocal groups to compete," said Dawn Marie Lecklikner, regional vice president of shopping center marketing for Developers Diversified.
About Kevin Briody
Kevin Briody is a singer, songwriter, performer, and music publisher, who specializes in television and film. His style blends the story telling of folk music seamlessly with the melodies of country and pop music. Mr. Briody's honors include two Emmy awards, a BMI award, and he has served his home state in the honorary position of Connecticut State Troubadour. His signature song "Walnuts and Rice" reflects on understanding our personal priorities so we make time for those things first.
About DDR Corp.
DDR Corp. owns and manages approximately 570 retail operating and development properties in 41 states, Brazil, Canada and Puerto Rico. Totaling more than 132 million square feet, the Company's shopping center portfolio features open-air, value-oriented neighborhood and community centers, mixed-use centers and lifestyle centers located in prime markets with stable populations and high-growth potential. DDR Corp. is the largest landlord in Puerto Rico and owns a premier portfolio of regional malls in and around Sao Paulo, Brazil. DDR Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company. Additional information about the Company is available on the Company's website at www.ddr.com.
SOURCE DDR Corp.
Ridgefield Singer/Songwriter Kevin Briody Wins Another Emmy!
The 36th annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place last night in Los Angeles and Kevin Briody won a second Emmy for his original song “We All Fall Down”. Briody composed the song for ABC’s One Life To Live and won in the category of Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series.
The awards recognize the best in all creative components of daytime television. Alex Trebek, the host of the popular “Jeopardy!” was last night’s emcee.
Kevin and Lynne are presently en-route back to Ridgefield. Congratulations Kevin!
Kevin Briody, a wonderful songwriter, singer and guitarist from Connecticut, impressed a crowd at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass., a couple of years back. He was a finalist in the coffeehouse’s performing songwriter contest and came back in 2006 as an opener.
Turns out that Kevin wrote a song for ABC’s daytime soap “One Life To Live.” The song, “My Little Star,” according to Kevin’s web site, “was written for a specific scene on the show where mom (Kassie DePaiva/Blair Cramer) is talking with daughter (Kristen Alderson/Starr Manning) as she makes ready for the prom.”
Kevin sent visual proof of the Emmy, awarded on June 13, so we know he was there, complete with tux. I honestly can’t say I can sit through the soap’s rendering of the song, but I’m happy Kevin’s music is making a mark. Sorry, Kevin.
In any case, check out Kevin’s web site, as well. He has three CDs, plus a wonderful Christmas CD. His signature song, in my mind anyway, is “Walnuts and Rice,” one of the tunes he performed at the Rose Garden in 2006. You can hear a clip of that song and photos of Kevin in a slideshow from that show, followed by a song by Mark Erelli.
"This was one terrific discovery. He’s a storyteller. A top-drawer troubadour with an earnest, heart-filled folkie delivery. Seek this CD out and fall under its spell.”
“Connecticut songwriter Kevin Briody is cut from the honest, artful cloth of the best Yankee ballad-writers. His narrative songs are personal yet cinematic, filled with vivid, pastoral imagery and useful wisdom. He seems to earn new fans and folk-biz boosters wherever his songs travel”