LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, county music legend Clint Black announced the four finalists for Chideo's "Dream Recording Session Contest." These finalists will now compete for America's vote in the hopes of winning a chance to record an original song with Clint, all while raising money for charity. By partnering with Chideo—the cause network dedicated to using celebrity-based experiences and exclusive content to raise awareness and funds for charity—proceeds raised through the competition will be donated to Rettsyndrome.org, whose mission is to accelerate research to cure Rett Syndrome and empower families with knowledge and connectivity.
"We are thrilled to announce these talented finalists and to work with Chideo to continue our commitment to raising money and awareness for Rett Syndrome," said Clint Black. "We are excited to invite every fan to join this process and choose which of these four will come to my studio to record. Most importantly, as we celebrate these talented musicians, we can all lend our voices to this important cause."
Launched in May just after the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest received an overwhelming number of submission videos from aspiring singer-songwriters across the nation, each donating $20 in support of Rettsyndrome.org. The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest finalists include:
- Blake Esse of Culpeper, VA, Original Song: "Feels Good Don't It"
- Jefferson Clay of Austin, TX, Original song: "San Francisco"
- Julie McCloud of Waynesboro, PA, Original song: "My Little Men"
- Sasha Aaron of Nashville, TN, Original song: "Red Roses And White Whiskey"
Each finalist's original song will be featured exclusively on Chideo where fans will cast their votes to decide who will win the opportunity to record a song, which will be produced by Clint Black in his home studio in Nashville. Voting closes on September 3, 2015, when the winner will be announced and flown to Nashville for the recording session, video shoot, and audition with Black's management group, The Collective. Chideo and Black will host an exclusive premiere of the song and video with proceeds benefitting Rettsyndrome.org.
"Clint Black and Chideo have proven to be great partners," said Rajat Shah, Rettsyndrome.org Board Chair. "Because of opportunities like this, we are able to continue research for a cure and provide hope for thousands of families."
Rett syndrome is a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is recognized around 12-18 months and is almost always found in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys. Every two hours a girl is born with Rett syndrome, but very few people know anything about the disorder. Affecting 1 in 10,000 live female births each year, it is more common than Huntington's disease and Muscular Dystrophy. Clint Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for Rettsyndrome.org's "Research to Reality: Funding Progress" campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure.
Chideo (chideo.com) is the first and only charity broadcast network connecting celebrities with their fans in the spirit of driving awareness and raising money for important causes around the world. Chideo serves as a multi-platform network offering users exclusive video content, as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with some of their favorite personalities from the worlds of entertainment, sports, music, fashion, food, design and culture. Chideo also offers a dedicated platform to distribute original cause-focused content via TV, web and mobile app.
ABOUT CLINT BLACK:
Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music's biggest stars. He's won countless Grammy, American Music, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards. His debut album Killin' Time produced five straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart and quickly became one of the most successful Country albums of the time. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Black consistently charted hit songs and to date has had 14 number one singles. His nine studio albums have sold in excess of twenty million copies worldwide. Black has also found success as an actor with leading roles in Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack and Flicka: Country Pride. He's also made cameo appearances in Maverick and several television shows.
Rettsyndrome.org is accelerating research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome. As the world's leading private funder of Rett research, we have funded more than $35 million in peer-reviewed research grants and programs to date. We are a 501(c) 3 organization, earning Charity Navigator's most prestigious 4-star rating. We empower families to make a difference. Visit www.rettsyndrome.org to learn more, or call (800) 818-7388 (RETT).