January 30, 2012
Michael Woodard Wins on Finale of Reality Singing Show ‘Major and Minors’
LOS ANGELES, January 30, 2012 – Last night, on the anticipated season finale of the reality singing show Majors and Minors, 14-year-old BMI songwriter and singer Michael Woodard took home the top prize of a music publishing deal and a record deal with RCA Records.
Produced by Boardwalk Entertainment Group, in partnership with BMI and Sony Music Entertainment’s RCA/JIVE Label Group, Majors and Minors was the brainchild of BMI hit songwriter and Boardwalk principal Evan Bogart. The show debuted in April on the Hub TV Network, following 12 young performers as they developed their skills with stars and industry pros. The reality show distinguished itself by eliminating no one, mentoring all cast members throughout the season.
Woodard received coaching and performance tips from insiders including Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Debra Byrd, Alex Larson and David “DQ” Quinones, as well as stars like Jordin Sparks, will.i.am, Colbie Caillat and Avril Lavigne. BMI’s Barbara Cane served as a judge for the finalists alongside other experts.
“We are thrilled for Michael, and congratulate him on his exciting win,” said BMI President & CEO Del Bryant. “The level of talent of all the show’s young performers was truly remarkable. BMI has a long tradition of supporting the early careers of promising songwriter/artists from Michael Jackson, Paul Simon and Brenda Lee, to today’s breakout stars including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, the Jonas Brothers, Miranda Lambert, Rihanna and so many more. We are looking forward to watching Michael develop as an artist and a writer over the course of a long and successful career.”
For more information on Michael Woodard and the entire cast of Majors and Minors, or to watch episodes, visit mymajorsandminors.com.
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