New Music Competition No Cover to Feature Original Music

No Cover Cast

Hit Parader production company announces a new music competition show, No Cover. While the show is cast, and is currently looking for talent, apparently it has not been sold to a network yet. That is, according to the official press release from producers.

Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale, Lzzy Hale and Tosin Abasi have been selected as the judges to help find the world’s next greatest unsigned original artist.

While most music competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice encourage musicians to cover other people’s songs, says the press release, No Cover will spotlight artists and bands that write and record their own original music.

At the end of season one, winning artist(s) will secure an extensive package including six-figure recording contract with Summerican Records, booking agency representation from UTA, management from the Shelter Music Group, high-profile festival slot(s) via Danny Wimmer Presents, studio time at Nightbird Recording Studios, new gear from Gibson, brand endorsements, licensing opportunities and more.

The entire first season will be shot at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Additionally, No Cover will be filming on location at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, CA. 

No Cover is Looking For Talent

Unsigned bands and solo artists from all over the globe are encouraged to enter for a chance to perform live on No Cover by simply filling out an application at Entries are open to the general public and musicians will submit their original songs, photos and videos for the show’s producers to select from. Once bands are selected, our celebrity judges will grade these artists on three key factors: originality, presence and songcraft.

“I can’t wait for No Cover.” said Alice Cooper. “To me, a band really isn’t a band unless they are writing their own material, and if you know anything about me you know that I have a very high standard for not only the songs but also the performance. I’m looking for the band who has it all – the one who can not only write it and play it, but perform it and make me BELIEVE it.”

Alt Pop powerhouse Bishop Briggs says, “I am beyond excited to be a judge on No Cover! Songwriting is such a therapeutic outlet for me to express myself so I cannot wait to dig deep and learn more about each person who gets on that stage.” 

Founder of Alt/Rock band Bush, Gavin Rossdale coached one season of The Voice UK (All indications are that ITV did not renew his contract) and ex-husband to The Voice’s Gwen Stefani. He says, “I’m thrilled to be part of No Cover – what a talented panel of artists to be collaborating with. We’ve seen the shows singing the hits -finally the chance to find a real band with their own sound and their own vision. I hope we catapult some great artists into the spotlight.”

Rock singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale has been fronting the band Halestorm with her younger brother, Arejay for over 20 years.  “I’m beyond excited to join my friends, peers and fellow rockers as a judge for Hit Parader’s music competition TV show No Cover. I hope that my passion and experience will help to inspire and encourage these young bands to carve out their own path in this world,” Lzzy said.

Guitarist, Tosin Abasi is best known from the prog-metal band Animals as Leaders and the movie Bill & Ted: Face the Music.  “I‘m really looking forward to being on this incredible panel of judges. It’s the first time I’ve seen a show like this that actually connects with the music I’m into. This is going to be rad!” 

Kellin Quinn will co-host No Cover along with radio personality Caity Babs. Matt Pinfield of MTV and VH1 will  conduct behind the scenes interviews. “I’m pumped for the opportunity to co-host No Cover! I’m excited to join the artists on their journey!” Said Kellin. “I’ve seen first-hand the amount of gifted musicians that are just waiting to be discovered! I’m ready for the rest of the world to share that experience! Get ready!”

No Cover will be the realest, most unfiltered representation of the biz and the quest of making it as unsigned artist. No music competition show has ever done what we are about to do,” says producer and Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen.

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