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2018 Winner
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Let me go
Song Inspiration
Writing for me is just a way to share my experiences with people who might be going through similar things. I don't think I have anything earth-shattering to share. At the same time, helping someone feel less alone is life-changing in my eyes. I write about love - all kinds - romantic, platonic, familial, self-love.
Hanita Bhambri
While studying brand management at MICA, Hanita had hopes of connecting with people on an emotional level through her amazing storytelling. This talented musician’s songs are often melancholic reflections about love and loneliness, revolving around her personal experiences. She has creatively collaborated with Miti Adhikari and Christian Wright, at Abbey Road Studios in London.
2018 FINALISTS
Australia
High tropics
Wait For You
Greater China
Eric Kung
Talk
India
Hanita Bhambri
Let me go
South East Asia
Nate Nontree
Better Off This Way
South Korea
blah
I'm already up
Wait For You
SONG INSPIRATION
"Wait for You" was the most recent release, it's about perseverance & patience in reference to overcoming an autoimmune disease & pursuing my goal of becoming a world renowned artist.
Wait For You
Australia
High tropics
Dubbed as “infectious garage pop” by Rolling Stone, High Tropics is the moniker of Queensland based singer-songwriter Josh Stewart and his band. The indie rockers have already built a steady following, packing out venues along the East Coast of Australia and amassing close to half a million streams with their last two singles ‘You Never Made It Easy’, and ‘Wait For You’.
Australia
High tropics
Dubbed as “infectious garage pop” by Rolling Stone, High Tropics is the moniker of Queensland based singer-songwriter Josh Stewart and his band. The indie rockers have already built a steady following, packing out venues along the East Coast of Australia and amassing close to half a million streams with their last two singles ‘You Never Made It Easy’, and ‘Wait For You’.
Wait For You
SONG INSPIRATION
"Wait for You" was the most recent release, it's about perseverance & patience in reference to overcoming an autoimmune disease & pursuing my goal of becoming a world renowned artist.
Talk
SONG INSPIRATION
After graduating from college, I felt the pressure to follow the preset rules and norms. There are many things we wish to do; many thoughts we wish to express, but in reality we tend to only share our thoughts online because we are not brave enough to take risk in our lives.
Talk
Greater China
Eric Kung
Eric Kung is a singer, musician, and an information systems engineer based in Taiwan whose musical style has been influenced by John Mayer. Although working as a full-time engineer, Eric has dedicated his life to music. Every song represents the different stages of his life. “I live with music. It’s simple, it’s good and that’s all it matters,” says Eric.
Greater China
Eric Kung
Eric Kung is a singer, musician, and an information systems engineer based in Taiwan whose musical style has been influenced by John Mayer. Although working as a full-time engineer, Eric has dedicated his life to music. Every song represents the different stages of his life. “I live with music. It’s simple, it’s good and that’s all it matters,” says Eric.
Talk
SONG INSPIRATION
After graduating from college, I felt the pressure to follow the preset rules and norms. There are many things we wish to do; many thoughts we wish to express, but in reality we tend to only share our thoughts online because we are not brave enough to take risk in our lives.
Let me go
SONG INSPIRATION
Writing for me is just a way to share my experiences with people who might be going through similar things. I don't think I have anything earth-shattering to share. At the same time, helping someone feel less alone is life-changing in my eyes. I write about love - all kinds - romantic, platonic, familial, self-love.
Let me go
India
Hanita Bhambri
While studying brand management at MICA, Hanita had hopes of connecting with people on an emotional level through her amazing storytelling. This talented musician’s songs are often melancholic reflections about love and loneliness, revolving around her personal experiences. She has creatively collaborated with Miti Adhikari and Christian Wright, at Abbey Road Studios in London.
India
Hanita Bhambri
While studying brand management at MICA, Hanita had hopes of connecting with people on an emotional level through her amazing storytelling. This talented musician’s songs are often melancholic reflections about love and loneliness, revolving around her personal experiences. She has creatively collaborated with Miti Adhikari and Christian Wright, at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Let me go
SONG INSPIRATION
Writing for me is just a way to share my experiences with people who might be going through similar things. I don't think I have anything earth-shattering to share. At the same time, helping someone feel less alone is life-changing in my eyes. I write about love - all kinds - romantic, platonic, familial, self-love.
Better Off This Way
SONG INSPIRATION
"Better Off This Way" is about accepting the fact that although it might seem like it in the beginning, the two people were never meant to be together. It is an apology from one person to the other when they realized it was not going to happen.
Better Off This Way
South East Asia
Nate Nontree
Nate Nontree is a singer, musician, voice teacher and interior designer from Bangkok, Thailand. Although he majored in interior architecture, Nontree is a classically trained pianist and always loved to sing. In high school, he started making cover videos on YouTube, later joining University Big Band (C.U. Band), cutting his teeth in the Bangkok live music scene before appearing on The Voice Thailand in 2017.
South East Asia
Nate Nontree
Nate Nontree is a singer, musician, voice teacher and interior designer from Bangkok, Thailand. Although he majored in interior architecture, Nontree is a classically trained pianist and always loved to sing. In high school, he started making cover videos on YouTube, later joining University Big Band (C.U. Band), cutting his teeth in the Bangkok live music scene before appearing on The Voice Thailand in 2017.
Better Off This Way
SONG INSPIRATION
"Better Off This Way" is about accepting the fact that although it might seem like it in the beginning, the two people were never meant to be together. It is an apology from one person to the other when they realized it was not going to happen.
I'm already up
SONG INSPIRATION
The inspiration of this song comes from my experience with my lover during the honeymoon period. Even I was already awake in the morning, I always pretend to be sleeping and never get out of the bed until my lover woke up.
I'm already up
South Korea
blah
Blah has been uploading and distributing his own music on Soundcloud since he was a university student, reaching out to a broad audience. He’s also participated as a featured artist and producer for notable Korean artists including Way Ched and Chamane. As a musician, Blah’s life-long goal is to continue producing and performing music that allows many people to relate to his tunes emotionally.
South Korea
blah
Blah has been uploading and distributing his own music on Soundcloud since he was a university student, reaching out to a broad audience. He’s also participated as a featured artist and producer for notable Korean artists including Way Ched and Chamane. As a musician, Blah’s life-long goal is to continue producing and performing music that allows many people to relate to his tunes emotionally.
I'm already up
SONG INSPIRATION
The inspiration of this song comes from my experience with my lover during the honeymoon period. Even I was already awake in the morning, I always pretend to be sleeping and never get out of the bed until my lover woke up.
GRAND PRIZE
(1 WINNER)
The winning solo artist/band will receive a once-in-a-lifetime prize that includes:
  • Artist & Repertoire (A&R) mentoring from UMG, which includes advice on selecting a single to record, and expert guidance through the process
  • A professional recording session with UMG and release of one single digitally worldwide
  • An accompanying music video to be produced and released by UMG
FINALIST PRIZE
(5 WINNERS)
5 finalists^ selected by UMG's Artist & Repertoire teams will each receive:
  • A 3-day all expense paid trip to Seoul, South Korea to perform in the final event on 20 Sep 2018
  • 100,000 loyalty program points**
^1 finalist from each of the following countries/regions will be selected: Australia, Greater China, India, South East Asia and South Korea.
**100,000 points will be credited into the winners’ membership accounts in September 2018. You will be able to redeem points at any of our more than 6,500+ hotels across 29 hotel brands. For details, please refer to: https://members.marriott.com/
CONTEST DETAILS
The search for the next Project: Aloft Star 2018 is on.
Here’s all you need to know.
1.ENTRY SUBMISSION
25 JUNE - 31 JULY 2018
Submit up to two original songs in video or audio format in any language, along with a brief description of you/your band.
Please only submit songs written, composed and performed by you and where you have retained all associated rights.
Submission Deadline :
31 July 2018,
12noon (GMT+8)
2. FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT
3 SEPTEMBER 2018
UMG will shortlist 5 finalists, 1 from each of the following countries/regions to compete in the final event: Australia, Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan), India, South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand) and South Korea. All finalists will be contacted directly if selected.
Finalists Announcement:
3 September 2018,
12noon (GMT+8)
3. VIEW & VOTE
3 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
The 5 finalists have been selected and now it's time for fans to view and vote for who they think will be the Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018's winner. 3 voters who correctly predict the winner will stand a chance to win 50,000 Rewards Points* each, redeemable for stays at Aloft Hotels or other participating Marriott International hotels around the world.
Voting Deadline:
19 September 2018,
11:59PM (GMT+8)
4. FINALE
20 SEPTEMBER 2018
The finalists will perform at the finals in front of our panel of judges in Seoul, South Korea, where our Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018 will be crowned! Stay tuned for more details!
*50,000 points will be credited into the winners’ membership accounts in September 2018. You will be able to redeem points at any of our more than 6,500+ hotels across 29 hotel brands. For details, please refer to: https://members.marriott.com/
JUDGING CRITERIA
Artistry and Musicianship
20%
Vocal Expression
20%
Originality and Creativity
20%
Commercial Potentiality
20%
International Appeal
20%
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