Twelve semifinalists are headed to round two in The Augusta Chronicle’s AMPED: Music Contest. Round 2 voting begins Monday, Aug.12 and ends Monday, Aug. 26, at augustachronicle.com/AMPED.
Listen to the original songs and vote once for your favorite three. The three popular-vote picks and three critics’ picks will advance to the final round to perform at the Official Sky City Preview Show and in the finals on stage for the crowd at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.
Here are the 12 semifinalists (in random order, with artists, song title and description) selected from the 31 original song entries:
D. Blaze – Day Dreaming, piano-driven hip-hop
The Remedy – How We Roll, Christian roadhouse rock
Garrick – She’s a Beauty, heavy Southern rock
Mike Frost and Lauren Meccia – I Don’t Need You (But I Want You), funky jazz fusion
Eskimojitos – Golden Gate, melodic rock
Ella J – SuperStar, empowered R&B
She N She – Secrets, acoustic folk rock
The Wackadoos – Obama Lama, bluesy novelty
Dallas Duff – Perfect Ten, electric country rock
Chris Hardy – She’s a Loud Thinker, quirky acoustic rock
Dayz to Come – Everything, contemporary Christian rock
Robin Dixon and the Midnight Moon Band – It Ain’t Gonna, bluesy barroom rock