The monthly 'cast has become an important tool for exposing new BMI songwriters and artists to key industry professionals and fans alike. Since its release in May 2005, more than 500,000 listeners from 90 different countries have tuned in to BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions.
All seven editions of the BMI podcast are available at bmi.com/podcast, as well as from iTunes at bmi.com/itunes and Yahoo's new podcast directory at podcasts.yahoo.com. The first music industry podcast listed in Apple's directory, "See It Hear First" has since won the "5 Star Award" from Podspider, one of the world's largest podcast databases, and is currently rated five out of five stars at Yahoo!
In addition to hearing great music from some of the best new talent out there, podcast listeners can also vote for their favorite artist to help them win a CD duplication package from Disc Makers, the leading CD manufacturer for the independent musician. Winners get 1,000 discs, a prize with a promotional value of more than $10,000.
Recent high school grad Clarissa Rivera grew up with the dream of "making it" in the music business and she is well on her way. Now based in Atlanta, the Bronx-born Puerto Rican singer has been drawing lots of attention with her beautiful voice and matching smile. She performs "Streets of Gold" on podcast #7.
Originally from Charleston, SC, Number One Contender is hard hitting rock and roll from the edge of America. The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their debut CD set to hit stores in early 2006. With a strong following already in the Carolinas, NOC hopes to expand their audience with "Remember."
The Modern Society combines several elements from a variety of influences to create a sound that listeners from any musical taste can easily relate to. After only a few local shows, they scored two "Best Band" nominations at the 2005 Atlanta Music Guide Awards and have just completed recording their debut, Friends & Enemies. Their BMI podcast song is entitled "Tokyo."
The fourth podcast song, "Chicken Fried," comes from country pop combo the Zac Brown Band. The twenty-something singer/songwriter, whose music can be personal, sentimental, raucous and downright humorous at times, will have you coming back for seconds with his frantic finger-picking, hand-thumping, nylon-stringed guitar solos.