Atlanta-based urban singer/songwriter/producer daRome Bentley, winner of the inaugural BMI/Demo Center/Sonicbids Demo Contest, stopped by the New York office after laying down tracks at the recording session he won as part of the grand prize.
|Shown in the New York office are BMI's Mark Barron and June Neira, Demo Contest winner daRome Bentley, and BMI's Benjamin Tischker|
Bentley was chosen as the winner from over 1,000 songwriters and artists by a panel of prominent A&R executives. The young soul artist was then flown to New York City to record a three-song demo at the Demo Center's state-of-the-art recording studios, working with such A-list producers as two-time Grammy nominee Ernie Lake (Backstreet Boys, Faith Evans, Britney Spears, Cyndi Lauper) and Mike "G" Guerriero, who has produced several dance hits on the Billboard charts.
A native of Oklahoma, daRome Bentley is quickly emerging as one of Atlanta's soul music scene-makers. He began singing in church, and later performed as an opening act for r&b hitmakers K-Ci & JoJo, Next and Joe. With influences such as Marvin Gaye and Kenny Lattimore, Bentley has also competed in songwriting competitions with the Georgia Music Industry Association (where he was a finalist) and the International Songwriting Competition. He has also performed as part of Atlanta's Atlantis Music Conference. The buzz on the talented urban artist continues to grow, with a much-rumored record deal on the near horizon.