You would think that every available platform is embarking on a boycott of South African products in the wake of the Xenophobic killings of African nationals.
But that is not the case exactly.
The Unsigned Only Music Competition recently announced the 2019 winners. The 2019 Grand Prize was awarded to a South African artist, Anna Wolf, for the song “Believer.”
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Anna Wolf beat out almost 6,000 entries from more than 100 countries to be named the Grand Prize winner. The press release indicated that “Wolf is a singer with hauntingly beautiful vocals, and a songwriter with depth and vulnerability. The winning song, “Believer,” is a powerful track, inspired by Wolf’s desire to break the silence about domestic violence and serves as a personal refusal to become the victim of her circumstance.”
“I feel such gratitude for this honor,” said Anna Wolf. “The message of ‘Believer” is burnt into every fiber of my being: to let go of expectations, to face my own vulnerabilities and to always keep faith that tomorrow will be the day I get to share my music with the world.”
In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and $40,000 (US) in merchandise and services, Wolf also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives, including: Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records); Nick Haussling (Senior VP of A&R, Warner Records); Liz Cohen (A&R, RCA Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment / A&R, Lava Records); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Artist Management); and Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents).
Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2020 competition. More information can be found at: www.unsignedonly.com.
Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and gives artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry.
Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record labels.