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OLIVIA SOMERLYN CHOSEN AS MACY’S iHeartRadio RISING STAR CONTESTANT
Voting begins on May 5th as Somerlyn as Somerlyn releases new single co-written with and produced by Nick Jonas
NEW YORK, NY (April 30, 2014) – Olivia Somerlyn is pleased to announce she has been chosen as one of the Top 25 artists to participate in the third annual Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Program. The program was designed to support unsigned and independent artists and in collaboration with Clear Channel Media. Over the next six weeks as Somerlyn competes for the winning spot, which includes the opportunity to perform at next September’s iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, she will be featured on hundreds of radio stations and entertainment platforms across the country. Fan voting opens on May 5th, the same day Somerlyn will release new single ‘PARACHUTE,’ which she co-wrote with and is produced by Nick Jonas.
“I had a great time working on this song with Olivia,” Jonas says. “I love that the song has this emotional pull while still feeling upbeat and high energy.”
During the competition, ‘PARACHUTE’ will be in rotation on Macy’s iHeartRadio MSTYLE station, which also plays in Macy’s stores across the country. (Listen here: http://www.iheart.com/live/mstyle-radio-6394).
“I’m so honored to be part of the iHeart radio rising star contest. It’s such a great opportunity to reach more listeners than ever before,” Somerlyn says. My new single is a fun, powerful and empowering song, and I’m so excited to share it!”
This is just the newest addition to an already impressive resume. The fresh-faced 19-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist created some serious buzz in 2013; Armed with a dedicated fan base of “SomerLovers,” a group constantly growing in number, and backed by some music industry heavyweights (she is managed by Kevin Jonas Sr.) Somerlyn has toured with not only The Jonas Brothers and Victoria Justice but also the incomparable Jessie J and just wrapped a late-winter South American tour with supergroup Big Time Rush.
With a wealth of videos posted to her YouTube channel, the San Francisco native makes worldwide fan engagement a top priority, the rapid growth rate of her pages being a big part of what has the industry buzzing. With almost 60,000 Twitter followers, 40,000 Facebook friends, more than 30,000 Instagram followers and more than 15 trending Twitter topics to date, it is easy to see why. Though Olivia’s fans are her #1 priority, they are by no means the only ones to take notice of the rising star. J-14 dubbed Olivia its “You’ll Love” artist in the April issue while KIIS FM named her its “Next Up Artist of the Week.” Extra TV.com featured the “Better with You” music video, Somerlyn was named the TeenNick “Fresh Artist of the Month” on TeenNick Top 10 and MSN.com raved as well. Musiqtone featured Olivia’s song “Before It Began” in its music video countdown, which was honor enough, but Olivia was floored when the video received two million fan votes and shot to #1, beating out tracks by Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera. Meanwhile, the music video for “I’m Just Fine” was prominently featured on the homepages of MySpace and MySpace Music, as well as AOL Music and its teen blog JSYK, while top online music streaming outlet Grooveshark dedicated its homepage to Olivia and her music for the entire month of August.
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