Canadian Country Artist Eric Ethridge Wins Prestigious Grand Prize in 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition

Canadian Country Artist Eric Ethridge Wins Prestigious Grand Prize

in 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition

21, 2018 – -The Unsigned Only Music Competition has announced its 2018
winners today. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a
major record label, and over the years it has become an important
source for discovering new talent. Since Unsigned Only’s inception in
2012, four Grand Prize winners have been signed to major label record

were selected from over 6,000 entries submitted from 95 countries. One
overall Grand Prize winner (as well as a First and Second Place winner
in each category) was selected by a prestigious panel of judges
comprised of celebrity artists and industry excutives, including: Aimee
Mann, Grouplove, O.A.R., Frank Foster, David Crowder, Aaron Shust, Jack
Ingram, Lydia Loveless, and many more. Additionally, one artist was
selected by an online public vote as the Fandemonium winner.

2018 Grand Prize has been awarded to Canadian country artist Eric
Ethridge. The past few years have seen Ethridge’s career gaining
momentum; he was mentioned inRolling Stone, won the CCMA Discovery Program, charted on the Canadian Country charts, and most recently was debuted on SiriusXM’sThe Highway.
His much-anticipated debut EP was released in July of 2018 and peaked
at #1 on the iTunes Country chart and #3 on the all-genres chart. His
impressive catalogue of material, including the winning song “Girl On
Fire,” proves that he is an artist who consistently stamps his songs
with the same melodic and vocal prowess. A
doctor-turned-country-artist, Ethridge has a strong connection with his
fans and listeners, evidenced by his songs being streamed over three
million times in the short time since the EP was released.

named the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Unsigned Only Music
Competition has truly been an incredibly humbling and life changing
experience.” said Ethridge. “This opportunity has truly given me the
chance to take my career to the next level and live my passion, and for
that, I’ll be forever grateful.”

addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and $20,000 (US) in
merchandise and services, Ethridge also receives one-on-one mentoring
from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives,
including: Dan Chertoff (VP of A&R, RCA Records); Riggs Morales (VP
of A&R and Artist Development, Atlantic Records); Nick Haussling
(Sr, Director of A&R, Concord Music); Kim Stephens (President,
Forward Entertainment); Zoe Young (VP of A&R, Epic Records); Doug
Johnson (VP of A&R, Black River Entertainment); and Allison Jones
(Sr. VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group).

has produced many great artists, and this year’s Grand Prize winner,
Eric Ethridge, is its newest artist to emerge on the scene,” said UO
founders,Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “The Grand Prize winner needs to be an
artist who possesses extraordinary talent and is ready to take the next
step in his or her career. We are always on the lookout for that artist
who not only creates music that will be in demand but also makes music
that is enduring. Ethridge embodies these traits, and he is one of the
most exciting artists Unsigned Only has been privileged to discover. We
are proud to honor him with the 2018 Grand Prize.”

The complete panel of 2018 judges includes: Aimee
Mann; David Crowder; Frank Foster; Jack Ingram; Aaron Shust; Lydia
Loveless; O.A.R.; Grouplove; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and
Editor-In-Chief,Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor,Rolling Stone); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Jed Gottlieb (Music & Theater Writer,Boston Herald); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); David Sikorski (Sr. Editor, EARMILK Media Inc.); Hardeep Phull (Music Editor,NY Post);
Jeff Zuchowski (VP, Artist Marketing / Industry Relations, Pandora);
John Dibiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); Miriam Di Nunzio (Arts
Editor / Entertainment,Chicago Sun-Times);
David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Brandon Chitwood (Assistant
Director, EDM Joy); Matt Maher (Artist Manager, ROAR Mgmt); Chad Jensen
(Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Mgmt); Brinson Strickland (President,
Collective Music Nashville); Deborah Klein (JV Partner and Artist
Manager, Primary Wave Ent); Chris Sampson (EVP, Programming Superfly
Presents); Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents); Alicen Schneider
(Sr. VP, Music Creative / NBC Ent); Connie Farr (Music Supervisor /
Creative Director, ThinkSync Music); Evan Stein (Owner, Experience Music
Group); James Kempner (Owner, JMK Connections); Jennifer Taunton (Music
Supervisor, Level Two Music); Jessica Cole (Founder/President, Lyric
House); Samantha Carew (Music Creative, Sky TV); and Velma Barkwell
(Music Supervisor, East End Music Productions).


Only is sponsored by: Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access;
D’Addario; Eventide; Eventric; Groove 3; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen
Mastering; Magix; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; PRA
Systems; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shure; Symphonic
Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze.

Only is now accepting entries for the 2019 competition. This year,
Unsigned Only has added five new categories for artists to enter. The
complete list of categories includes: AAA (Adult Album Alternative); AC
(Adult Contemporary); Americana; Blues; Christian; Country; EDM;
Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Instrumental; Jazz; Latin; Pop/Top 40;
R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Screen Shot (songs suitable for placment in film,
tv, etc.); Teen (for artists 18 years old and younger); Vocal
Performance; and World Music.

More information can be found at:



In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other deserving artists share the spotlight for winning their respective categories.


Grand Prize

Eric Ethridge (Sarnia, ON, Canada) – “Girl On Fire”

AAA (Adult Album Alternative)

First Place

DENNY (Minneapolis, MN, USA) – “Girls Like You”

Second Place

O-SHiN (Berlin, Germany) – “Aimless”

Adult Contemporary (AC)

First Place

Sahara Beck (Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia) – “Here We Go Again”

Second Place

Da Candy (Kiev, Ukraine) – “Runaway Ft. Nathaniel”


First Place

Todd Tyler (Aiken, SC, USA) – “Run”

Second Place

Brad Anderson (Manchester, England) – “Death Do Us Part”


First Place

Drew Greenway (Henderson, TN, USA) – “Walk In The Light”

Second Place
Dave Pettigrew (Ridgewood, NJ, USA) – “Undertow”


First Place

Kaylee Bell (Waimate, New Zealand) – “Getting Closer”

Second Place

Virginia Creek (Chincoteague, VA, USA) – “Kiss Me Sober”


First Place

Reign (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – “Make Me”

Second Place

Pokki DJ (Imperia, Italy) – “Remember This Night”


First Place

Leon Of Athens (Athens, Greece) – “Aeroplane”

Second Place

Ezra Vancil (Dallas, TX, USA) – “Complicated Man”

Pop/Top 40

First Place

Adrielle Bow Belle (New York, NY, USA) – “Runaway”

Second Place

Carrie Lane (Montclair, NJ, USA) – “Drowning”


First Place

Denzil Porter (Bronx, NY, USA) – “Time Soon Come”

Second Place

Mayah (Cairns, QLD, Australia) – “XO Girl”


First Place

The Royal Foundry (Sherwood Park, AB, Canada) – “Lost In Your Head”

Second Place

Glass Mansions (Columbia, SC, USA) – “Just Friends”

Screen Shot

First Place

Big Little Lions (Royston, BC, Canada) – “Find Your Tribe”

Second Place

Jayde (Port Hope, ON, Canada) – “Perfect Strangers”


First Place

Hailey Belle (Santa Clarita, CA, USA) – “Fall So Easily”

Second Place

Under The Radar (Memphis, TN, USA) – “Boom”

Vocal Performance

First Place

Paul Loren (New York, NY, USA) – “I Know A Place”

Second Place

Elinor Sitrish (Dimona, Israel) – “One Reason”

Fandemonium Winner (winner selected by online public vote)

Haddon Cord(Boise, ID, USA) –“A Million Songs”

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