A&R Report and Bestfan.com to present “Who Got Next” Talent Showcase Sept. 6, 2012
by Darling Nicky
Who Got Next?
Showcasing some of Canada’s Most Celebrated Unsigned Artists
Toronto, Ontario – August 13, 2012 – Under the direction of A&R Report and BestFan.com this non-profit initiative provides an outlet for aspiring Canadian musicians and some of the music industry’s key players to connect through a showcase of music and artistry.
A proud supporter of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS; A&R Report is 100% dedicated to discovering and providing opportunities for new talent on a national scale. With the first instalment of ‘Who Got Next?’ taking place on Thursday September 6th 2012 at the Hard Rock Café in the heart of Toronto, A&R Report is proud to showcase the talent of 10 carefully selected unsigned artists on the brink of an illustrious career. The event will also include special guest and industry heavyweight Sr. VP of Island/Def Jam Records, Max Gousse (Beyonce Knowles, B2K). With insightful critiques and feedback from some of the music industry’s most trusted names, this showcase will help groom and acknowledge the breadth and quality of talent within Canada in a unique social environment.
This event will be co-produced by one of Canada’s premiere online entertainment outlet Bestfan.com. Bestfan is a platform which features interviews with some of music’s biggest names as well as artists on the rise. A full list in honorary industry attendees and performing artists will be made available on A&R Report as well as BestFan.com on Friday, August 17th.
About Max Gousse
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Max Gousse is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record executive, producer, and A&R extraordinaire. Gousse is perhaps best known for handling A&R/Production for two of Beyonce Knowles’ biggest albums (I Am…Sasha Fierce and B’Day), for discovering and developing the platinum R&B group B2K and for his A&R work on the multi-platinum Dreamgirls soundtrack album. Currently based in Los Angeles, he serves as the Senior Vice President/A&R of Island Def Jam Music Group (label is home to some of urban and pop music’s best – Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Frank Ocean) and has been an A&R executive for nearly 20 years. Gousse works with a diverse range of artists, as well as at the development of up-and-comers in Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop music genres.
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