Ludacris, Dallas Austin Judge Rising Musicians In New Talent

Ludacris,

mega-producers/songwriters Dallas Austin (Brandy, Michael Jackson), Sean Garrett

(Usher, Beyonce) and Block (Young Jeezy, Jazze Pha) have signed on as celebrity

judges for the “How Down Is Your Sound?” talent contest sponsored by

Atlanta media personality Ryan Cameron and Kaneva.com.The

online contest, open for submissions until October 9 and open to everyone in the

U.S., asked the celebrity judges to assist in searching for singers and musicians

with uploadable songs and music videos that display their skills.Online

voters at Kaneva.com will vote for their favorite entries through October 25,

and the top 10 contestants will be invited to perform “live” in front

of the four celebrity judges who will determine the winner of a grand prize valued

at over $60,000."’How

Down Is Your Sound’ represents the talent search of the future," said Ryan

Cameron, official host of "How Down Is Your Sound." "Where else

in the world can someone off the street with literally no entry barriers, get

the chance to share their sound and performance — whether it is rap, Hip-Hop,

or rock — with millions of people worldwide, as well as with hit making producers

who can help rocket them into celebrity status."The

grand prize package will include a $7,500 studio recording session in Dallas Austin’s

DARP studio, a one-day internship with Sean Garrett, a demo deal that includes

a 5-song package with Block’s producers, and a professional photo shoot.

The

winner’s music will be showcased on Kaneva.com at the contest’s conclusion.In

related news, Ludacris is preparing to release his new album Release Therapy

on Sept. 26, and will sign autographs at 6 pm at the Virgin Megastore in Union

Square in New York City. The

album’s first single “Money Maker” made a debut on Billboard

Hot 100 charts at #2.

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