The submissions are in for Amped: The Augusta Chronicle Music Contest and now it is time, dear readers, for you to get your vote on.
Beginning Monday, July 23, go to chronicle.augusta.com/amped to access the online ballot.
We’ll be selecting 12 acts from this initial group to move on to the semi-finals.
Six will be selected by popular vote and six will be critic’s picks. Initial voting ends Aug. 3.
Semi-final voting will take place Aug. 14-27 and six acts – three selected by popular vote and three critic’s picks, will go on to the finals at the Arts In the Heart of Augusta festival on Sept. 15.
So listen up, vote for your favorites and get Amped about this year’s contestants:
This Song by Russell Oglesby – Patriotic country anthem
All I Really Need (Is Your Smile) by Robert Rhoades – Romantic piano ballad
Dancing the Shoreline by Grizzly Harris – Acoustic rock ballad
Come and Gone (Here I Go Again) by Glenn McCready – Earnest ode to heartbreak
Are You Satisfied by Garrick – Power chord pop-rock
What Is Love by Volume – Love struck hip-hop
Just Walk Away by Matt Golembeski – Acoustic ballad
Stuck In Time by Bethany Kathleen – Delicate heartbreak ballad
I Will (I Do) by Craig Hendricks – Simple acoustic love song
Love Didn’t Mean A Thing by Fayth Hope – Celebratory R&B love song
He’s Our Rock (That’s How We Roll) by Steel Cross – Christian arena rock
Homegrown by Mama Says – Soulful rock
For All That We Were by John ‘Stoney’ Cannon – Reminiscent power ballad
Gene & Roy by Wade Teston – Nostalgic ode to boyhood heroes
Sweetheart Song by Leslie Raezer – Anthemic power ballad
Best Shot by Results May Vary – Uptempo power pop
Let’s Party by Leon Cominsky – New Wave ode to debauchery
Evangeline by Jesup Dolly – Outlaw Americana rock
Lordy I’m Hot by Hardcoat – Hard rock paean to climate
Sure Feels Good by Jon M. Denning – Laid back acoustic optimism
I Got’s by the Hollerers – Full band blues
Lonely Day In Paradise by Jack McGrath – Melancholy instrumental
Gonna Make Love to Ke$ha (Tonight) by the Lovecrafts – Garage rock ode to pop star
Blue Jeans (Without the Radio On) by Jaycie Ward – Decidedly Southern country pop
Pure Love by Pure Love Music – Acoustic contemporary Christian
Delia Jones by Julie Farris – Haunted country folk
Leaving Me Hanging by Celia Gary – Lovelorn acoustic ballad
Brand New Day by Skilyr Hicks – Empowered acoustic pop
Rotate Your Tires by Dr. Bob of the Smokin’ Guns – Metaphorical rock
In the Breaking of the Light by Will Hasson – Contemplative acoustic ballad
Let Her Hair Down by County Line – Acoustic country
Thanataphobia by Joe Smith - Melodic rock