Atlanta Urban Showcase Finalists Share the Stage Again on BMI’s Podcast #10

Posted in News on May 11, 2006
BMI celebrates the first anniversary of its groundbreaking "See It Hear First™" new artist podcast series - the music industry's first - with the release of the tenth edition highlighting participants in BMI Atlanta's recent unsigned urban showcase. Available at, BMI podcast #10 magnifies the potential of urban music by featuring Atlanta's Suga Suga, California-based Leo, Atlanta's Malachi and New Jersey-based band Thunderkatz, four talent-soaked up-and-comers full of bold ideas about the genre's future.

Showcase finalists were chosen to perform from over 300 submissions by a group of top BMI songwriters, producers and industry executives. Rock/hip-hop band Thunderkatz was selected as the winner by a celebrity panel of judges directly following the performances.

BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast 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 one million listeners from around the world have tuned in to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions.

All editions of the BMI podcast are available at, as well as from iTunes at and Yahoo's podcast directory at, or you can listen on the go with mobile podcasting services like Pod2Mob. The first in the music industry to be listed in Apple's podcast directory, "See It Hear First" is currently rated five out of five stars at Yahoo! and has won the "5 Star Award" from PodSpider, one of the world's largest podcast databases.


Suga Suga
Proud Atlanta native Suga Suga moonlights as a producer, songwriter and artist, dead-set on a long and versatile career. The rapper's lyrics glorify night life and its temptations but are not without a sense of introspection. Hear Suga Suga's dance-provoking skills here with "Do it With No Hands."

Leo is a man of soul and all that his moniker implies. The California transplant originally hails from Atlanta and combines jazz, pop, gospel and old-school soul for a sound that is anything but dated. The singer's smooth vocals are displayed here on "Still Friends."

Passionate singer/songwriter Malachi's potent blend of r&b, hip-hop and eclectic soul has been dubbed a new genre by its creator. Malachi calls the sound "heart and soul," and sincerely pours both elements into his work. Hear the unique mixture here on "Get Out Da Way."

New Jersey-based sextet and BMI Atlanta showcase winner Thunderkatz seeks to dispel all preconceived notions of the definition of African-American music. The diverse band combines rock and hip-hop influences to create a Nirvana/Outkast hybrid, low on rules and high on energy. Hear the appealing results here on the cleverly titled "Pop Luck."