I know a TON of singers, which makes sense because I am one. Singers tend to hang out with and talk to other singers, and often times you’ll find them hanging out at their favorite karaoke bar with their other singer friends. (Sidebar: in college, I was called “The Karaoke Hustler” because any time I needed to buy groceries or pay rent, I’d go find a karaoke contest and try to win some dough.)
I’m lucky to know a ton of musician-type friends and also play piano, but I know many singers don’t have that luxury. I can’t tell you how many times I get asked about finding good backing tracks to use, and since I’ve been giving this site out forever and a day, I thought I’d actually post a link to it here:
Often times with my students, they choose songs that require a rhythm section or are dance tracks – songs that don’t translate well with piano accompaniment. For these tunes, I get the tracks from karaoke-version.com. I have always found what I needed on there – whether it was a pop tune, country tune, broadway song or a standard. The quality is really great, and they even have a transpose function so you can raise or lower the key.
You can get the tracks with or without backing vocals, and when you buy the track, they offer you an option to get the “lead” track for reference at about 50% off the regular price. And truth be told: I now have an affiliate account with them, so when you clicky-click and purchase a track (only $1.99 - HOLLAH!)
So, what’s the contest, huh? Here is all the info you need:
1) Select and purchase any track from karaoke-version.com for your song submission. **
2) Record yourself or a group of friends singing the song in a video. If you’d prefer to use audio-only, just upload a picture to your video and add the song only. (If a group video wins, the prize must be split)
3) The song has to be posted on YouTube or Vimeo, and you must supply the URL link in the comments below.
4) You must put a link to this blog post (*) in the notes of the video.
5) You can enter as many times as you like, but each individual song must have the URL link posted in the comments section of this blog entry.
6) Accepting entries now until Friday, September 7th
7) Winners will be announced on Monday, September 10th
HOW TO WIN / PRIZES:
1) Everyone who submits a song video gets one raffle entry for the prize. You can enter as many times as you like, and each video submission (must be different songs in each video) gets it’s own entry.
2) There are three categories to win:
- Raffle Winner: Randomly Drawn Winner Prize: $25 Gift Certificate to Karaoke-Version.com
- Diva’s Pick: My favorite song and video Prize: $10 Gift Certificate to Karaoke-Version.com
- Audience Favorite: the last week of the contest, people will be able to vote for their favorites, and the video/song with the most votes wins! Prize: $15 Gift Certificate to Karaoke-Version.com
So git to sangin’ y’all! Let’s hear what you’ve got! :)
**Why purchase? Because musicians and songwriters make money from royalties and sales of their songs, and because copyright law says you should pay to use their music, and as a songwriter and musician, I agree!