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BMI Artists Vying for Grand Prize in Music Quest Contest

Posted in News on April 29, 2003
BMI artists Anne Heaton, the Katie Todd Band and the Abby Dobson Band have been named regional finalists in the Soul City Caf� Music Quest contest. Music Quest is Soul City Caf�'s first competition for bands and solo artists, featuring up-and-coming talent from around the US competing for the grand prize of opening for Jewel on her 2003 tour. Entries representing a variety of music styles and genres were initially screened and evaluated by Music Quest evaluators who narrowed finalists down to two bands and two solo artists from each region. Online voting by the Soul City Caf� community began March 31 and ends May 4.

Anne Heaton (Northeast finalist) sings each line of her insightful, unpretentious lyrics with authority and grace. The combination of her chalk-textured voice and striking melodies is the perfect vehicle for songs that demonstrate a true poet's insight into the heart.


Anne Heaton

Katie Todd Band

Abby Dobson

The Katie Todd Band (Midwest finalist) has been causing a stir throughout the Midwest with its evocative, artfully crafted songs and intense live shows. Singer/songwriter Katie Todd has an eye for stark truths and a unique voice--one that's believable and knowing.

The Abby Dobson Band (Northeast finalist) mixes jazz, blues, gospel, hip-hop, folk, r&b and soul, concocting a sensual, groove-based blend of sound. Singer/songwriter Abby Dobson's knowing lyrics and powerful voice serve as the sultry centerpiece for this heartfelt music of the soul.

The brainchild of multi-platinum selling recording artist Jewel Kilcher, Soul City Caf� was built to support the grassroots scene for artists, musicians, poets, film makers, authors, and anyone else looking to go under the corporate radar and find the stuff that matters. "Soul City Caf� is about supporting artists so they can evolve at their own pace," she says on the Soul City Caf� web site.