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LeMay needs local votes in national singer/songwriter competition

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Local musician Joseph LeMay hopes to become the next big American singer/songwriter in the National Guitar Center's second annual Singer/Songwriter Competition. The first round of the online promotion requires contestants to gain as many fans as possible through six social media and online video portals. Local residents can aid LeMay in the competition, which offers a grand prize of recording with Grammy Award-winning record producer John Shanks and performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Residents may 'like' LeMay's video 'Molly, My Girl' on YouTube, his Facebook or Twitter accounts or three other online venues.
Dyersburg's own Joseph LeMay has long enjoyed the support of his hometown community. Now, the talented young singer/songwriter needs his biggest fans to show that support in cyberspace.

LeMay is a contestant in the National Guitar Center's second annual Singer/Songwriter Competition. And although a video for LeMay's original song "Molly, My Girl" has been entered in the contest, it is his friends and family members -- and their friends and family members -- that will aid LeMay is clearing the first stage of the contest.

"The Guitar Center is a national music store chain," said LeMay. "(The contest is) basically the search for the next big American singer-songwriter. The winner of the competition gets to make a record with a Grammy-winning record producer from Los Angeles, John Shanks. He has done records with Bon Jovi and Alanis Morissette. And the winner gets to do a live performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'"

LeMay learned about the contest from last year's winner.

"An acquaintance of mine from Nashville actually won it last year," said LeMay. "And so I thought, 'Maybe I'll try it next year.' It is online-based. The first round of the competition is based on new online fans. All it really means is whoever can get the most fans in a certain amount of time wins."

And that time is running short, with the end of the contest slated on Sunday, Dec. 23.

"I had to make a video to put on Youtube and enter all information on my Twitter page, Facebook page and online media outlets," said LeMay, who then is charged with promoting the video and his social media pages to draw new fans. "Then, the competition keeps up with your new fans, your new followers and your new Facebook likes. They chart that and whoever has the most by midnight on Dec. 23 goes to the second round."

LeMay said the top 140 contestants -- the ones who have the most fans by the end of the first round -- move on to the next stage of the competition. In the second round, those top 140 videos are reviewed by a panel of judges, with the top 10 chosen to perform live in Los Angeles for Round 3 of the competition.

"Right now there are 3,153 in the competition," said LeMay, who said he currently rests in 318th place with 425 fans. "The person who is at the cutoff for Round 2 right now has 1,873 fans. That kind of puts it in perspective. I'm really grateful for the hometown that I have and for all the support that I have gotten in my life. As important as that is, it would be so amazing if (those people) would encourage as many of their friends as they can ... post a link to a friend's wall, retweet my Twitter, like my video on Youtube. ... I know it's a lot to ask, but that's what it will take right now."

LeMay wrote "Molly, My Girl" for his wife. The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

"It is a song that I wrote about my girlfriend," said LeMay. "She is my wife, now, but I didn't know we were going to get married at the time. It's just a fun song. We shot the video on our farm (in Dyersburg) out in the woods and it turned out really, really good.

"I'll be honest," continued LeMay. "I am really aware that there are a ton of people in this contest. There are a lot of people out there that are better at promoting themselves, much better than me about getting the word out. (And) the first round is not based on songwriting ability. It's not about the song, it's about getting the most fans."

Local fans can help LeMay in his quest by becoming fans in the following platforms:

* video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ml-SQbjO...

(or search Joseph LeMay Molly My Girl on YouTube.

* Facebook link - www.facebook.com/josephlemaymusic

* Twitter link - www.twitter.com/josephlemay, (twitter handle is @josephlemay)

* Soundcloud link - www.soundcloud.com/josephlemay

* Vimeo link - http://vimeo.com/53164987

* Myspace link: www.myspace.com/josephlemay

"I don't get any points for this unless people 'like' the video," said LeMay. "I need as many votes as possible! Each one of the things above gets me one point, so if 100 people did all of these I'd get 600 votes. If 400 people do all of these things for me I'd get 2400 votes. Then if each of them got one more person to do all six voting things about, just think of the possibilities!"

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