OKMusic.fm, an international social media music community still in beta, has already helped an aspiring singer get a contract to have his music in a Hollywood film through a song competition.
Canadian musician Rich Chambers’ song, "Santa's Rockin' Band," was selected by Crystal Sky Pictures producer Stephen Paul to be part of the sound track for Chilly Christmas, a family-oriented film about a boy and his dog coming out this fall as a holiday fare. The film stars C. Thomas Howell, Tom Arnold, Karan Brar and Brooke Langton.
OKMusic allows its users to upload their songs and communicate with fans. Artists can also create a profile, get advice on their careers and find out about promotional opportunities. Music lovers can discover new singers and bands and be the first among their friends to follow those musicians.
Competing against thousands of songs from around the world, Chambers impressed the judges with his winning entry, Santa’s Rockin’ Band, a country rock song that tells the story of how Santa invented Rock n’ Roll.
Chambers, a resident of Langley, B.C, Canada, works full time at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and performs gigs and the occasional charity event at night with his local band, “Half-Hour Late.” A practicing musician for more than 20 years, he composed “Santa’s Rockin’ Band” in 1994 but it never achieved the promotional exposure he had hoped.
“It’s hard for an unknown indie artist to get exposure so enough people can listen to your music to make you popular,” Chambers explained. “That’s what is so great about OKMusic.fm. They are giving artists like myself a place to be heard and a way to build a fan base.”
Eighteen years later, after discovering the community online, the Canadian native dusted off his recording and entered the OKMusic music competition, the first of many to come. Now, thanks to OKMusic, a social network where artists get discovered, he’s about to get his first movie credit.
The 44 year old musician does Rock, Blues, Pop and Country but Christmas music has always been a favorite area for Chambers to explore. He has a cover recording of the Snow Miser and Heat Miser from the stop animation Christmas special “The Year Without a Santa Claus” that has sold more than 13,000 copies so far on iTunes.
“I’ve always loved Christmas music,” he said. “I guess I’m just a kid at heart.”
Check out Chambers’ winning song here:
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