Eclectic Approach Wins "The OurStage Panel" Competition Series During SXSW Music Festival

Final Four Music Acts Performed at Official SXSW Party, the premier digital music destination for unsigned artists, has crowned a winner for season 2 of The OurStage Panel, Eclectic Approach!  The original web series held the finale taping at the official SXSW OurStage party on March 16th at The Parish.  Eclectic Approach beat out three other finalists including Bronze Radio Return, Civil Sound and The Reel after playing their original songs for the panel. Popular indie pop trio and SXSW showcase band, BLONDFIRE also performed at the show's culmination event.  For those who were unable to attend SXSW, the finale will air on on March 29 at 7:30 am EDT.

Eclectic Approach, the electro-funk group from Seattle, WA, blew away the judges with their song, "Cool" and received a grand prize of $5,000, a professionally produced video interview/EPK shot by Emmy Award-winning Director/Producer Mitchell Stuart of HQ Productions, a mentoring session with The OurStage Panel judges and a mentoring session with a senior music licensing expert. 

"We've been doing this for ten years, and this win is confirmation that we can make it. OurStage has been behind us all the way," vocalist Jowed Hadeed said. "It's very difficult to break through in the music industry, so we're super grateful to OurStage, the panelists and especially to our fans."

Season 2 of the month-long web series, The OurStage Panel, launched February 16th and featured sixteen OurStage artists.  Each week throughout the series, four OurStage artists had an original song played before a live audience and an all-star panel of music industry experts.   The winner of each episode advanced to the series' finale, filmed before a live audience during the official SXSW OurStage party.

The esteemed panel of judges includes Bruce Tyler (Executive Producer/Entertainment Consultant/Former Executive VP of Sony Music), Lee Dannay (Warner/Chappell Vice President of A&R), Scott Igoe (Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Producer) andSharon Dastur (Program Director Z100, New York, NY).  Z100 late night jock, Trey Morgan serves as the show's host alongsideCarla Marie, Producer for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.  Multi-platinum recording artist, Gavin DeGraw was a guest judge for the first four episodes. The series is the first of its kind to give top-ranked independent artists the opportunity to hear authentic feedback from music industry heavyweights, a process that is normally done behind the scenes.

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Founded in 2007, is a leading destination for music listening, discovery, and quality editorial content. With more than 200,000 artists from 40 styles of music, receives 4 million visits each month from 170 countries.'s most acclaimed feature is its proprietary judging engine where the site's listeners rank the music of emerging artists for competitions that reward major opportunities to the winners. To date, has provided opportunities for artists to open, be mentored by, or collaborate with celebrity artists such as Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Drake, Goo Goo Dolls, HANSON, Train, John Legend, Lilith 2010, John Mayer, Monica, T-Pain, Trey Songz, Keith Urban, Travis Barker, Jane's Addiction, Hot Chelle Rae and many others. has also partnered with a wide range of media giants over the last few years, including: Clear Channel, Guitar Center, BET, CMT, Digital Broadcasting Group, AOL Music, MTV, and Radio One. For more information:

March 19, 2012 2:50pm ET by Pressparty   Comments (0)

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