A first-ever Chassidic music talent contest was announced Wednesday, promising to discover the world’s next Jewish singing sensation.
A Jewish Star singing competition was launched by Chasdei Soul II Soul, a Crown Heights organization helping children with special needs, and COLlive.com – Chabad-Lubavitch Community News Service.
Auditions for non-professional males over the age of 18 will be held online at AJewishStar.com. Only Chabad-Lubavitch niggunim are accepted.
Music fans from around the world will vote on the video performances, rating between 1-5.
The top vote-getters will then be reviewed by the judges – that include Jewish music superstar Avraham Fried, comedian Mendy Pellin and others – who will choose three finalists.
The finalists will each perform live at the upcoming Soul II Soul 5770, an eagerly-anticipated annual concert in Brooklyn, NY. It will take place in March, 2010.
“Every year we work hard to bring creativity and new energy for our loyal audience, and the Jewish Star competition is one of the most exciting initiatives we have undertaken so far,” says Shmuly Goldman, co-director of Chasdei Soul II Soul, with his wife Tzirl, the organization which raises funds for the education of children with special needs in Crown Heights.
“Giving performers an opportunity to showcase thier talent is in keeping with the underlying theme of the event – helping people and bringing people together while having an uplifting and enjoyable experience,” added Goldman, who has produced the annual Soul II Soul show since 2004.
“Chassidic music is considered the pen of the soul,” says Yehuda Ceitlin, editor of COLlive.com.
“In the last decade Lubavitch niggunim have become increasingly popular. I see this competition as a another method of ‘spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward’,” Ceitlin said.