Wishing On A Star: Fighting For The Festival

It’s back again! For the fourth year in a row, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be taking place in Las Vegas. Since the 2012 edition of the now annual event, newer acts have received the chance to perform a small set during the first night of the big event through a partnership with Macy’s and their Rising Star contest. (Check their official website for more information.) It’s any artist’s dream to perform in front of such a wide audience, so the opportunity is huge.

Another 25 acts have entered the ring, but only one of them can be victorious and win that coveted spot. Who will rise to the occasion and sing it out in Sin City this fall? Here are my top ten choices from the pack:

Before You Exit
BEFORE YOU EXIT (Independent)
The Orlando trio have a huge social media presence, though single “I Like That”, despite a servicing to radio, didn’t build much. “Dangerous” saw a digital release in mid-March. The guys are opening for Fifth Harmony on their summer tour.

(Vote for Before You Exit)

Cassio Monroe
CASSIO MONROE (HitShop/Warner Music)
Currently opening for Midnight Red and The Wanted on a tour wrapping up next week, the duo of Jeff Garrison and Tripp Weir are gaining pop airplay for single “Under The Lights”. The two performers have three singles total on iTunes.

(Vote for Cassio Monroe)

Chris Wallace
CHRIS WALLACE (ThinkSay)
Formerly with The White Tie Affair, best known for 2009 single “Candle (Sick And Tired)”, Wallace charted with two other slow-moving solo songs on the CHR airwaves since 2012: “Remember When (Push Rewind)” and “Keep Me Crazy”.

(Vote for Chris Wallace)

Hey Day
HEY DAY (Independent)
Andrew Spelman, Andrew Underberg and Jesse Fink are only two releases into their new project, but with a SoundCloud stream total over 250,000 so far, this New York trio is on the fast track to big success. “Adderall” was released last week.

(Vote for Hey Day)

Jillette Johnson
JILETTE JOHNSON (Wind-Up)
The New York based Johnson is still promoting her 2013 album Water In A Whale. First single “Torpedo” originally went to Hot AC radio last year during a tour with Kris Allen, but in its recent second run at the format, things are picking up.

(Vote for Jillette Johnson)

MAX
MAX (Crush Music/sayMAX)
Singer and YouTube celebrity Schneider is about to release an EP, Say Max, his first release with management company Crush Music. Single “Mug Shot” is already getting play on SiriusXM Hits 1 and his base is lifting him high in the rankings.

(Vote for MAX)

Paradise Fears
PARADISE FEARS (Independent)
Six high school friends from South Dakota have been kicking it together for a few years now in this band. They just ended a winter tour to support an acoustic version of their album Battle Scars. The current single from the project is “Lullaby”.

(Vote for Paradise Fears)

Scavenger Hunt
SCAVENGER HUNT (Independent)
The Los Angeles duo of Jill Lamoureux and Dan Mufson have tour stops opening for Capital Cities and HAERTS in the next few days, while their Hunt goes on for even more fans. Their electro-pop sound comes through in song “Dreamers”.

(Vote for Scavenger Hunt)

The Score
THE SCORE (Independent)
Edan Dover and Eddie Anthony took to YouTube with their #SCORESUNDAYS covers videos last year. 5,000 followers and 600,000 views later, something’s been working! A self-titled EP features nice originals like “Don’t Wanna Wake Up”.

(Vote for The Score)

We Are The In Crowd
WE ARE THE IN CROWD (Hopeless)
From Poughkeepsie, NY, the quintet led by Taylor Jardine has one of the biggest followings in my top ten list. Two years ago, single “Kiss Me Again” got some limited airplay, but songs from new album Weird Kids have kept their fans satisfied.

(Vote for We Are The In Crowd)

Remember, your vote counts! You have 50 votes per day for the next few weeks to get these acts one step closer to a major breakthrough. So, get clicking and let your fan flag fly! Good luck to everyone involved and stay tuned for any results that come in soon.

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