By: Mike Rhodes—
Muncie Indiana is about to become the production home of a new music reality television show called The Song.
The Song is an exciting new television show, that is a dramatic departure from karaoke-style contests like The Voice and American Idol that have dominated pop culture for the last decade.
The Song is a reality television show that will premiere in the Fall of 2016 on network television and will feature artists/songwriters performing their own original music. Not covers.
Artists/songwriters will perform their original songs for a panel of judges comprised of top industry professionals. The panelists will select the artist and their song to then be taken to “The Workshop” where the artist’s determination, dedication and passion will be put to the test through a grueling musical boot-camp working with an opinionated, yet highly successful, music producer and his team. Together, they will have 48 hours to convert the original composition into a world class arrangement and production, ready for a national release. As each hour ticks by, pressure mounts and nerves are raw, as the artist will be opening for a national act, debuting the newly reworked song for the very first time for a packed house and a home audience.
Listen to WLBC’s Steve Lindell interview with Drew Copeland of the band Sister Hazel as they discuss The Song.
Local Muncie attorney, Eric Welch has developed several key relationships in the music industry, and having an eye toward community development, approached the producers and asked if they would consider coming to Muncie. The answer was a resounding, “YES!”
You can join the television crew and WLBC’s Steve Lindell at Valhalla’s on March 9th beginning at 5pm as the television show begins the process of finding The Song. 15 artist/musicians will perform and be whittled down to 5. The reaction of the audience in attendance on March 9th will be factored into the judge’s decision.
Immediately following the initial cut, the 5 finalists will be ushered to Cornerstone Center for the Arts, for a family friendly Community Night. Community Night begins at 7pm and will allow you to meet the artists. The musical group TRYON will be at Cornerstone to perform their newest single, “Somebody to Love Me.”
The first 30 people inline for the March 9th event at Valhalla will receive a FREE ticket to the big REVEAL NIGHT and headlining concert on March 12th at Pruis Hall on the Ball State University Campus.
Artists performing at Pruis Hall on March 12th include headliner: DAYA, with special appearances by TRYON, and RYAN STAR.
Doors open at Pruis Hall at 6pm. Show begins at 6:45pm. Tickets are $15 and $10 for BSU students. Tickets are expected to go on sale Friday, February 19th at 10am and will be available at Ticketmaster and the Emens Auditorium Box office.