PITTSBURGH and DETROIT, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, aspiring Acapella and vocal group harmony singers are invited to audition for The Next Doo Wop Star worldwide talent search. The search will culminate with a March 2018 national PBS special and digital interactive show celebrating the Doo Wop era in American musical history.
The Next Doo Wop Star talent search is being conducted by famed PBS "My Music" series producer TJ Lubinsky. The public television specials he's produced since 1993 have helped raise more than $1 billion for public television and have been viewed by millions of people. "If you've ever wanted to be a Doo Wop star," Lubinsky says, "this is your chance."
To preserve the legendary Doo Wop and acapella music of the 1950s and 60s, Lubinsky's My Music Next Doo Wop Star talent search seeks to find, record and celebrate singers who can accurately channel the original artists.
"We're looking for the unknown voices of today who can recreate the vocal phrasing, musical arrangements and classic choreography of the originals," says Lubinsky.
While many of the great originators of Doo Wop music now are in their 80s, or no longer with us, Lubinsky says, this uniquely American form of music still has a huge global fan base. "At every one of our shows," he says, "the audience mouths the words as they are brought back to the first time they heard the groups. But the genre is in danger of dying, unless a new generation is found to bring the music forward. We're going to make sure that happens!"
As college Acappella competitions, live shows and YouTube videos prove, there are enormously talented young groups and individuals who are keeping the Doo Wop tradition alive. "We're going to find them," Lubinsky says.
How to Audition
Guidelines for groups who wish to be considered for auditions are on the The Next Doo Wop Star website. One audition can be submitted per group. Deadline for submissions is November 10, 2017.
About TJ Lubinsky
TJ Lubinsky is the creator of the most successful fund-raising programming in the history of Public Broadcasting System. ''Very few people can say they have a calling in life. I'm lucky to have found one,'' he told The New York Times.
Lubinsky's MY MUSIC fundraising series on public television features historic musical reunions, interviews and archival specials including hundreds of performers from "Doo Wop 50" to Disco, Folk, Funk, Classic Motown, Rock & Roll, Big Band, Country Pop, '50s pop, "60s Pop, Rock and Soul with Peter Noone," "The British Beat with Petula Clark," "The Ed Sullivan specials on PBS," "Burt Bacharach's Best," "Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters," "Soul Rewind with Aretha Franklin" and many more.
Lubinsky grew up with the sounds of R & B, Oldies, Gospel and jazz that inspired his deep knowledge and passion for music. He is the third generation of his family in the music business.
Lubinsky also is the Friday nighttime DJ at Oldies 1079 W-O-L-D – LP in Woodbridge, NJ and streaming live worldwide online at WOLDRADIO.com, playing New Jersey's Greatest Hits of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s.
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