BMI Songwriter Sonyae Elise Wins First Season of Bravo’s ‘Platinum Hit’

Posted in News on August 6, 2011

BMI songwriter Sonyae Elise has been crowned the winner of the inaugural season of Bravo’s Platinum Hit. The New Jersey native earned a prize package that includes $100,000 cash, a publishing deal with Sony and a recording deal with RCA/Jive. Award-winning BMI hit-maker Kara DioGuardi served as head judge and mentor throughout the season, as 12 fresh-faced singer/songwriters met challenges designed to test their skills and prepare them for the entertainment industry.

Sonyae Elise is a potent combination of writer and performer with a wealth of experience, ranging from crooning and rapping her way through her albums Lady Rebel, Volumes 1 & 2, to roles in Off-Broadway productions of The Lion King, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors and Rag Time. Moving confidently between R&B silk and hip-hop grit, Sonyae is carving out a compelling niche of her own.

BMI is a proud supporter of Platinum Hit’s core mission to elevate behind-the-scenes creators and discover and support music’s strongest new voices, and has been deeply involved with creators Tim Bogart and Evan Bogart, the latter of whom is also a BMI award-winning songwriter. BMI’s Phil Graham and Barbara Cane, along with other skilled BMI executives, have helped to provide career advice, from knowledge of the multi-genre hit market to specific guidance about publishing and performing rights, to all of the talented participants from the series’ early casting calls through the show’s production.

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