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Calling All Memphis Artists: Submissions Needed for Starry Nights

July 9, 2010

After a 10-year absence, Starry Nights returned to the Memphis holiday season last year — it’s one of the largest holiday light shows in the nation, and it’s run entirely by volunteers. There are more than one million LED environmentally friendly lights, and the proceeds benefit Shelby Farms.

So why are we talking about Christmas in July? The Memphis Music Foundation was asked to coordinate music for Starry Nights last year and we’ll be doing it again for 2010 — we need your help! We need Memphis artists from any and every genre and style to submit covers of traditional Christmas songs in YOUR style. A good example would be The Bar-Kays’ funky version of Frosty the Snowman. Last year more than 65 artists were selected. These cuts were placed on a soundtrack and played over an FM radio station on the grounds of the park for cars to tune in while they traveled through the Starry Nights displays. Each artist was identified and given recognition before the song was played, and 12 of the cuts ended up on a CD that was sold at the Starry Nights Gift Shop.

Now, we need you! This is an open call to all Memphis artists who want to have a cut considered by the Starry Nights committee for this year’s Starry Nights Soundtrack. Here are the requirements:

  • Must be a Memphis artist or someone with a close Memphis Music connection
  • Must be a traditional Christmas song
  • All work is donated for the specific use of Shelby Farms
  • Must be e-mailed to dean@memphismeansmusic.com or mailed to 431 S. Main Street, #201, Memphis, 38103.
  • Must be in the following formats: E-mailed files should be 16 bit/44.1K, WAV file, AIFF, Sound Designer. Mailed files should be on a well-produced CD
  • Submissions are due by September 30.
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