Singing a Different Tune: ‘Majors & Minors’ Shakes Up Talent Searches

Posted in News on September 28, 2011

New series Majors & Minors made its anticipated debut Friday, September 23 on the Hub TV Network, and the feel-good reality program is earning high marks from parents, critics, and industry insiders alike.

“Parents need to know that this inspiring musical series proves that it’s possible to make reality TV that’s both wholesome and appealing,” writes Entertainment Weekly has praised the show’s “chill, uplifting vibe.” happily proclaims that Majors & Minors is “bringing something different to the table.”

Standing out by embracing a supportive environment is just what series co-creator and award-winning BMI songwriter Evan Bogart had in mind.

“I wanted a more positive feeling, as opposed to the cut-you-down-you’re-voted-off-going-home-you-suck mentality which, I think, is going out,” Bogart told the Hollywood Reporter. “[T]his is about a family-friendly feeling – a great show for parents and kids to watch together.”

BMI partnered with Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Sony Music Entertainment’s RCA/JIVE Label Group to produce the new series, which is the brainchild of Bogart, along with Boardwalk partners and acclaimed TV producers Timothy Bogart and Gary A. Randall. Majors & Minors’ emphasis on support, education and positive coaching mirrors BMI’s layered approach to songwriter development.

Mentors such as, Avril Lavigne, Adam Lambert, Colbie Caillat, Claude Kelly, Brandy, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks, Sean Kingston and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder spend time with the promising young participants, who hail from all over the country: 15-year-old Austin Crute of Marietta, GA; 13-year-old Cameron DeFaria from Culver City, CA; Nia Holloway, 15, of Norcross, GA; Grace Jeanette, 10, of Burbank, CA; 16-year-old Emily Kocontes from Newbury Park, CA; 13-year-old Kennedy Nöel from Nashville, TN; Sabrina Lentini, 13, of Tustin, CA; Josh Metzler, 15, of Gilbert, AZ; 11-year-old Brandon Michael from Quartz Hill, CA; 14-year-old Hailey Dibiasi of Huntington Beach, CA; Ashley Nicole Greene, 10, of Oceanside, CA; and Michael Woodard, 13, from Philadelphia, PA.

While none of the aspiring stars will be sent home, one will emerge with a grand prize, which includes a recording contract with RCA/Jive.

Learn more at, and tune in Sundays at 7 p.m. EST on the Hub TV Network.


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