Last night, October 19, Jerry Greenberg hosted A&R Night where three music groups were selected to perform in a showcase at the WorldArts event space. We posted an opportunity on our website to encourage musicians to enter and have a chance to play for music industry icon, Jerry Greenberg, and A&R executives. Zoya, MRKTS and The Proof were the three lucky acts that were selected for our first showcase.
Jerry Greenberg, our host, was the youngest individual to become president of a major record label company when he became president of Atlantic Records at the age of 32. He spoke with us about the importance of creating showcases and more opportunities for artists to be seen and heard.
“I think it’s very important [WorldArts A&R Nights] because I think artists need to get exposure, I think eventually this could be something for TV or cable or the Internet. WorldArts is a phenomenal organization that gives artists having a hard time getting exposure, a platform where they can get exposure.”
The first artist Zoya, a singer, songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. She performed an emotionally charged world premiere of three songs she just recorded. Her single ‘I Still Believe’ is an emotional track about overcoming obstacles and ‘Fallen Apart’ is about a heartbreak. She’s currently visiting Los Angeles to finish recording her debut EP. You can check out her beautiful vocals in her cover of ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons here.
MRKTS, a four piece indie-rock band from sunny San Diego. The band previously wrote a song ‘Do You Wanna’ for the surf movie, Point Break, which seems to embody their San Diego fun in the sun vibe. They ended their performance with a cover of their favorite song ‘Dirty Diana’ by Michael Jackson. Right now MRKTS is heading back to the studio to record more songs and we’ll hopefully see them back on the road for shows soon.
The Proof closed out our first A&R Night with Jerry Greenberg. The band formed in 2014 and have been playing together for only a little over a year, but have chemistry like they’ve been playing together for years. The funky, soulful rock band ended their performance with ‘Gone’ and rocked out for us. You can catch them next month, November 5, playing Sofar Sounds or check out their website to see where they’re playing next.
After the first successful A&R Night with Jerry Greenberg, we are hoping to continue this series with his intention of helping artists on the rise getting discovered in pursuing their dreams.
“Great musicians and artists, tonight. Everybody’s got a great future here. I can see anyone of them playing big arenas.”
You can check out our photo album from the night on Flickr. Stay tuned for your chance to perform at our next WorldArts A&R showcase!