Four Georgia musical acts are packing their bags for Hollywood – but not for anything involving “American Idol.”
No, these artists are winners of the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search, a contest held in conjunction with the music-themed instant-lottery game All Access.
On Saturday, a judging panel of renowned Atlanta acts – producer Dallas Austin, singers Monica and Shawn Mullins and Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook – in conjunction with online public voting, determined the quartet of winners from a dozen finalists. Auditions were held last fall in Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.
The four victors now head to Hollywood to record a song at Capitol Studios in the famed Capitol Records Tower.
Hannah Thomas (country): Hailing from Covington, Thomas kickstarted her career at open mic nights at Eddie’s Attic. Her debut, “The Rest is Yet to Come,” was released independently in 2009.
KidSyc@Brandywine (hip-hop): KidSyc, an art teacher in Savannah, and bandmates Brandywine (Charles Hodge, Daniel Butler, Lane Gardner and Derrick Larry) are known for profanity-free lyrics set to innovative hip-hop.
Xavier Lewis (pop/R&B): Referring to himself as “The Antidote to R&B,” the Loganville resident grew up singing in gospel choirs and is a seasoned touring artist. His debut CD is due this year.
theKey (rock): The quintet from Macon (Clay Scott, Josh Harnevious, Ryan Cunningham, Rachel Scott and Jonathan Wisdom) has drawn comparisons to Coldplay and Matchbox Twenty with its melodic sounds and harmonizing.