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Latin Music Grabs the Spotlight on BMI Podcast #15

Posted in News on October 31, 2006
As BMI's "See It Hear First(tm)" new artist podcast series continues to lead the way in discovering new music first, edition #15 spotlights the best up-and-coming talent in Latin music. The first of its kind in the industry, this groundbreaking podcast series-now enjoying its second successful year-continues to showcase tomorrow's hottest music today with such acts as Alejandra Alberti, Fulano, Anthony Fedorov and Taxi Amarillo, highlighting the genre's diverse sounds and influences.

The "See It Hear First" podcast, available at bmi.com/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, millions of listeners from around the world have tuned in to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions.

In addition to hearing great music from an array of new talent like this month's four rising Latin stars, 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.

Past 'cast artists like singer/songwriter Brendan James, rockers somedaynew, Latin hip-hop artist Cosculluela, Canadian crossover band Soul Kid #1 and country-pop combo the Zac Brown Band have all grabbed the industry's attention through the BMI podcast, with some landing major recording and publishing deals and others on the verge of being signed.

Tune in to bmi.com/podcast to hear all 15 editions of BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast series, the first in the music industry to be listed in Apple's podcast directory. BMI's podcast is also available from iTunes at bmi.com/itunes, from Yahoo! at podcasts.yahoo.com, or though Pod2Mob.com.

Podcast #15 Featured Artists

Twenty-two-year-old Nashville native Alejandra Alberti contributes "Quiero" to this month's podcast, showcasing a fusion of pop, rock and r&b-influenced vocals that draw on all of her experiences of growing up in the U.S., while keeping strong ties to her Cuban/Mexican-mixed heritage.

Latin Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Elsten "Fulano" Torres is a contemporary bilingual artist recognized for his original musical style. The Cuban-born, New York-bred performer stands out with his eclectic pop-rock Latin songs and their sundry worldly grooves, Cuban-meets-British melodies, and heartfelt lyrics. Hear it first on "La Noche Entera."

From a young boy who was never supposed to be able to speak, to a man with a golden voice, American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov has truly beaten all the odds. Hailing from the Ukraine and singing in English, Italian and Spanish, the 21-year-old crooner overcame a childhood illness that left him mute to become a fan-favorite during Idol's fourth season. Find out why with "Culpame."

Traveling on a musical journey that fuses r&b, soul, salsa, rock, hip-hop and Latin rhythms together into sweet pop ballads is Taxi Amarillo (yellow cab). Made up of Latin pop singer Cruzmonty and writer/producer Chris Hierro, Taxi Amarillo's lyrics will move you, their voices will elevate you, and their style will blow you away. Enjoy the ride with "Plan B."