CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEASON 2 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!

14-18 Bracket Winners: Adam Budin (Deerfield, IL), Abby Glass (Springfield, NJ), and Stephanie Sussman (Encino, CA)
19-26 Bracket Winners: Carly Abramson (Sugar Land, TX), Emily Groff (Miami Beach, FL) and Greta Rosenstock (St. Louis, MO)

Check out the Grand Prizer winners announcement video.

About

Jewish Star North American Talent Search
Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Star North American talent search is a new competition designed to identify emerging talent in the Jewish community who have a passion and desire to impact the Jewish world. A panel of international celebrity music artists will judge the applications to select the winners based on their vocal, instrumental, overall performance skills, and passion for impacting the Jewish world. The public will also have the opportunity via social media to contribute to the judging stage.

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Season 2 entries are closed.

Jewish Star Season 2 Preview

Jewish Star – Season 1 Recap

Season 1: Voting & Grand Prize Winners
The public cast over 17,000 votes for the Top 12 Jewish Star Talent Search finalists! Amazingly, there was a tie in the 14-18 age bracket – so we are thrilled to announce the SEVEN Jewish Star Grand Prize winners!

14-18 Bracket winners: Ellie Fern (Scottsdale, AZ), Andrew Goldstein (McKinney, TX), Noah Levine (Austin, TX), Marc Luban (Chicago, IL);

19-26 Bracket winners: Lucy Greenbaum (St. Louis, MO), Kenneth Lyonswright (Chicago, IL), Ian Simpson (Holden, MA).

A huge mazal tov to ALL of the Jewish Star contestants. You are ALL incredible, brilliant lights in the Jewish world!

Listen to the Jewish Star Season 1 Album

Check out these videos from Jewish Star Season 1!

The Prizes

6 Grand Prize Winners – 3 teen age bracket (14-18); 3 young adult age bracket (19-26). Grand Prizes will include:

  • Private mentorship from a internationally recognized Jewish celebrity recording artist.
  • A professional studio recording session to record an original composition or a cover song from a pre-approved list of Jewish music artists.
  • North American exposure highlighting winner artists on an exclusive Jewish Rock Radio show broadcasting the songs recorded by prize winners.
  • A full scholarship to attend the 2020 (SLBC) Songleader Bootcamp National Conference for immersive coaching and skills training in February 2020. Prize winners will also be featured and perform live at SLBC.

Celebrity Judges and Mentors

A panel of international celebrity music artists will judge the applications along with the public to select the winners based on their vocal, instrumental, overall performance skills, and passion for impacting the Jewish world. Judges will also serve as mentors to the 6 Grand Prize winners.

Rick Recht
Rick Recht
Noam Katz
Noam Katz
Naomi Less
Naomi Less
Joe Buchanan
Joe Buchanan
Peri Smilow
Peri Smilow
Josh Warshawsky
Josh Warshawsky

RULES

Competition Eligibility

  • You must be Jewish.
  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 26 to audition.
  • Only one Video Audition will be accepted per contestant.
  • If you are under age 18, you must have parental permission.
  • If you previously auditioned for Jewish Star, but did not win, you are eligible and encouraged to submit a new audition
  • Jewish Star competition is specifically geared for individual artists. Duo, trios, and full bands cannot audition
  • You must be a resident North American citizen (United States, Canada, or Mexico).
  • Each winner will have a song featured on the Jewish Star Season 2 album. Winners will retain all rights and ownership of their original compositions. Jewish Rock Radio will license the compositions for distribution on the Jewish Star Season 2 recording.

Competition Timeline

Aug 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Nov 1, 2019
Nov 1-21, 2019
Nov 25, 2019
Dec/ Jan 2019-2020
Jan/ Feb 2020
Feb 16-18, 2020
April 2020
Video Audition Submission – Open
Last day for Video Audition submissions
Top 12 Announced
Public voting for the top 6 Grand Prize Winner
6 Grand Prize Winners announced
Mentoring with celebrity coaches
Recording studio production
2020 SLBC National Conference in St. Louis, MO
JRR exclusive broadcast featuring the music of Jewish Star winners

Audition – Submission Instructions

Here is some very important information for a making your video audition:

 

Audition Form
After making your video, you must submit your video in the Audition Form (below).

 

Video Audition
In your Jewish Star video audition, you will sing a song that highlights your musical ability, voice, and ability to connect to an audience.

  • Your Song: Your song must be an original composition OR chosen from the catalogue of any of the approved artists (below). If your song is NOT an original composition or a song from one of the approved artists (below), you must obtain written permission from the composer to perform the song and publicly share on social media platforms such as YouTube or Facebook. If you chose a song from the approved artists, you do NOT need to ask permission to play their song in your audition video. These artists have already granted you permission to use one of the songs in their catalogue for your audition video.
  • Your song should be about an identifiable Jewish theme, value, or holiday.
  • Choose a song of any style, topic, or tempo (ie. upbeat or ballad).
  • Choose a song you feel will best highlight your voice, musical ability, and performance style.
  • Playing an instrument (ie. guitar, piano, etc.) is fine and singing acappella is also totally fine.

 

Video Length
Your video should not exceed 4 minutes

 

Video Recording and Editing Guidelines

  • Use your phone or computer to record a video of you singing a Jewish song. Do not over-edit your video. We prefer stripped down performances that show your personality and talent (even if it’s just you singing in your living room or backyard!).
  • It is important that you record your video with your camera positioned horizontally.
  • Start the video by saying your name, the name of the song, and “This is my entry into Jewish Star: North American Talent Search.”
  • It is important that we can see and hear you! Please check the audio on your video before uploading.
  • You can accompany yourself on an instrument, sing a cappella, or have a friend accompany you on an instrument (the friend should NOT sing with you, however)
  • Do not use auto-tune apps such as Smule or StarMaker.
  • You are unique in your own way! Show us your personality and energy, and have fun.

Judging Criteria Will Include

  • Musical ability
  • Quality of vocal performance
  • Charismatic connection based on body dynamics
  • Jewish world vision statement
  • The ‘Package! The overall package of skills (mostly listed above) it takes to succeed in the Jewish music world. It is important to note that, while writing an original song or playing an instrument are not required for Jewish Star auditions, these skills are important factors in achieving success as an artist in the Jewish world, so displaying these skills increases the likelihood of advancing in the audition process.

Judging criteria will not include video or sound quality. Please DO NOT submit a highly produced, multi-camera video.

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You can play an original composition or a song by one of the artists below:

Check out these auditions from some of last year’s grand prize winners:

FAQ

Q: What is Jewish Star?
A: Jewish Star North American talent search is a new competition designed to identify emerging talent in the Jewish community who have a passion and desire to impact the Jewish world. Check out the about section for more detail.

Q: Who can enter?
A: Young adults ages 14-26.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: 6 Grand Prize Winners: 3 teen age bracket (14-18); 3 young adult age bracket (19-26). Grand Prizes will include:

    • Private mentorship from a internationally recognized Jewish celebrity recording artist.
    • A professional studio recording session to record an original composition or a cover song from a pre-approved list of Jewish music artists.
    • North American exposure highlighting winner artists on an exclusive Jewish Rock Radio show broadcasting the songs recorded by prize winners.
  • A full scholarship to attend the 2020 (SLBC) Songleader Bootcamp National Conference for immersive coaching and skills training in February 2020. Prize winners will also be featured and perform live at SLBC.

Q: Can I vote? Does the public vote?
A: Yes! Judging will be open to the public after the top 12 finalists are released. The public will determine the 6 grand prize winners.

Q: I know the perfect person, how can I submit their name?
A: Send them to this page and encourage them to enter. Also, use this form form to share your recommendation and we would be happy to follow up!

Q: I’m under 18, do I need parental permission?
A: Yes. If you are under age 18, you will be required to include a parent or guardian’s email address when you fill out the audition form. A parental release will be emailed directly to your parent or guardian for their consent.

Q: Did you receive the video I submitted? When will I hear back?
A: You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. Every video received is reviewed! We will announce the top contestants on Jewish Rock Radio’s Facebook page. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not be able to respond to inquiries about submission status.

Q: I auditioned for Jewish Star Season 1, can I audition again this season?
A: Yes. You can even audition on the same song again, but please submit a new audition video that shows all of the awesome progress you’ve made in the last year.

Q: I changed my mind and no longer want to be considered. How can I cancel my audition?
A: Please email us at [email protected]

Jewish Star Supporters

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Scott Harris – the visionary and lead organizer of the Jewish Star initiative. We would also like to recognize the following individuals who have generously contributed to support the launch and operations of the inaugural Jewish Star North American talent search. Finally, huge thanks to the Jewish Rock Radio board of directors for your commitment and dedication to strengthening Jewish identity and engagement for future generations.

Jewish Star Season 2 Supporters

Angie Atkins
The Bartos Family
Jarrod Beck
Alexander and Rebecca Berger
Stuart Birdt
Daniel Blaser
Shara Borus
Kenneth Bloom
Jonathan Crystal
Cindy Feinberg
Tony Felzen
Noah Flom
Michael Friedland
Navah & Robert Frost
Valerie Gerstein
Emily and Nathan Gindi
Scott Harris
Andrew Klaber
Greg Litt
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation
Dan Senor
Michael Staenberg
Peter Stern
Marc Sternberg
Rada Sumareva
Elisha Wiesel
Jill and Josh Zucker
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