Release date: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cakewalk® Announces Intel “Superstars” 2011 Music Competition Winner

-Soulful singer/songwriter Austin Renfroe named the 2nd Annual Intel “Superstars” Competition grand prizewinner. Lands $10,000 prize in competition with more than 3,000 songs submitted and over 171,000 votes cast.-

Boston, MA (January 19, 2012) — Cakewalk, the world's leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, Intel Corporation, and the preeminent online community-powered, new music discovery site, OurStage.com, announce the grand prize winner of the Intel Superstars 2011 Music Competition.

In just 45 days of competition, 3,294 songs were submitted across six musical genre categories, generating over 171,000 fan votes.  The Intel “Superstars” 2011 Music Competition winner is Austin Renfroe with his song "Taking Me Under.”

The $10,000 cash grand prize will be awarded January 19th at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention in the Orange Amplifier booth 4890, Hall C  in Anaheim, CA. Selection of the grand prizewinner was determined by an esteemed panel of judges including David Boxenbaum (GM, A&M,  Octone Records), Jason Flom (President, Lava Records / Universal Music Group), Jake Ottmann (VP, Creative, East Coast - EMI Music Publishing), Mike Rivet (Intel Corporation), Jimmy Landry  (Artist Relations, Cakewalk, former A&R: Elektra, Virgin, Capitol Records), Bruce Tyler (former Exec. VP of Sony Music and Columbia Records) and Kristin Bredimus (VP of Community & Content, OurStage.com).

“This artist is the full real deal.  His authenticity combined with his convincing vocal ability and songwriting break him away from other artists in this genre,” said Jimmy Landry Artist Relations/Cakewalk (former A&R: Elektra, Virgin, Capitol Records).

The “Intel Superstars 2011” Music Competition launched November 1, 2011 and invited artists to submit original music across six music genres: Rock, Pop, Country, Singer/Songwriter, Urban, and Latin. All submissions were ranked by fans through OurStage’s patented judging technology. The Top 20 ranked artists in each genre-based competition advanced to the 2nd round of judging that ran December 1st through December 15th 2011 - which determined the Top 10 ranked Grand Prize Finalists.  The panel of industry experts selected the Grand Prize Winner based on the following criteria: (i) presentation; (ii) originality and creativity; (iii) melody, vocal ability and music; (iv) lyrics; and (v) entertainment value.
 
"Based on last year’s results we knew the 2011 Superstars Competition was going to be an exciting contest to find the best undiscovered talent but, Intel is still amazed at the popularity and quality of the artist song submissions”, said Josh Newman, director of Creation and Gaming Laptop Marketing at Intel.  “We’re committed to the music enthusiast PC user and the quality and quantity of the artists participating is really quite astounding.”

Prize packages totaled more than $35,000 - awarded to the First Place winners in each genre, including Intel® Core™ i7 processor-based Orange Amplification OPC’s, Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite Software, Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphone’s Yeti Pro USB microphone.  In addition, one lucky fan – that participated in judging artist submissions - received a Gibson USA Firebird X Guitar, courtesy of Gibson Guitars. The $10,000 in cash Grand Prize will be awarded at 1 PM, January 19, 2012 at Orange Amplifier booth 4890, Hall C followed by a live performance from Grand Prize winner Austin Renfroe.

To experience the original songs of the top entrants please visit Intel "Superstars" Finals Standings.

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About OurStage.com:
Founded in 2007, OurStage.com (www.ourstage.com) is a leading destination for music listening, discovery, and quality editorial content. With more than 200,000 artists from 40 styles of music, OurStage.com receives 4 million visits each month from 170 countries. OurStage.com’s most acclaimed feature is its proprietary judging engine where the site’s listeners rank the music of emerging artists for competitions that reward major opportunities to the winners—such as the chance to open for headlining acts and/or record with major label performers. To date, OurStage.com has provided opportunities for artists to open, be mentored by, or collaborate with celebrity artists such as Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Drake, Goo Goo Dolls, HANSON, Train, John Legend, Lilith 2010, John Mayer, Monica, T-Pain, Trey Songz, Keith Urban, Travis Barker, Jane’s Addiction, Hot Chelle Rae and many others. OurStage.com has also partnered with a wide range of media giants over the last few years, including: Clear Channel, Guitar Center, BET, CMT, Digital Broadcasting Group, AOL Music, MTV, and Radio One. For more information: http://www.ourstage.com.

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