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Gold Coast Arts Center’s 5th Annual “Your Big Break” Competition Crowns Winner After Exciting Final Round

Gold Coast Arts Center’s 5th Annual “Your Big Break” Competition Crowns Winner After Exciting Final Round

With Incredible Performances by Top Six Finalists and Help From Their Music Industry Mentors, Girl Power Truly Shined as St. James Native Paris Ray Became 2017’s Champion with Islip Terrace Native Julia Lambert as Runner Up

Paris Ray Was the Grand Prize Winner of the 5th Annual Gold Coast “Your Big Break” Talent Competition (Photo © 2017 Karen Rubin/ www.goingplacesfarandnear.com)


Great Neck, NY (April, 2017) —  This past Saturday, April 1st, the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org’s search for the next big music star came to a thrilling conclusion as the 5th Annual “Your Big Break” contest crowned 21yr old singer-songwriter Paris Ray this year’s winner along with runner up Julia Lambert, and an outstanding performance by NY Natives The Como Brothers!


Having brought some of the best unsigned talent New York and Long Island have to offer to the forefront, performances by Ray and Lambert along with remaining finalists Julia Hayden, Sydney Perruzza, Jaclyn Manfredi, and Lydia von Hof were crafted with the help of music industry mentors as judges assigned them one George Michael song each in tribute to the late star. The mentors for this year’s competition were American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Record’s Mark Ambosino, arranger/producer/songwriter/remixer and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriter John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s “Making the Band”.


Paris Ray has been performing since she first picked up a guitar at 13, and released her first album “Your Cup of Tea” at only 15. Since then, she’s performed at a number of famed venues from New York City’s The Bitter End to The National Underground and The Gig Shack, while also opening for famed acts like Katrina of Katrina and the Waves, and Jon Herington of Steely Dan! A songwriting major in college, her newest EP “Just Visiting” dropped in July of 2016. During the final round, Ray dazzled the judges with her original song, “The Astronaut” and a second, highly personal original song that gets to the heart of domestic violence.


(TOP): Finalists, Judges, and Organizers of the 5th Annual “Your Big Break” Talent Competition

(BOTTOM): Headlining Act The Como Brothers Band (Photo’s © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com)


As this year’s winner, Ray will be awarded an opening spot for a national act at The Paramount in Huntington, recording time at Betamax Artist Development, a feature on Reverbnation.com, a gift certificate from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America, a PR and social media campaign including management, booking and label services consultation with the Rick Eberle Agency.


Judges for the competition included ReverbNation.com’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, Songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin, Songwriter/Producer/Engineer David Caggiano, Club Booking Agents Neil Rubenstein and Michele Rizzo, and Label Executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano and Mark Ambrosino.


During very special occasions, the Arts Center is transformed into the GOLD COAST ACOUSTIC CAFÉ, a music venue that showcases local up-and-coming talent as well as established music acts. With its black box theater performance space and a lounge in the art gallery, the GOLD COAST ACOUSTIC CAFÉ is one of the few small music venues around which makes for a special and intimate atmosphere for artists and audience alike, especially during YOUR BIG BREAK! Other past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Lem Payne Jr., Lennon & Katie, Matt Grabowski, Gnarly Karma, Annika, Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm – all of whom are local musicians who’ve had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year.


After a succession of showcase performances finally culminating to the finals this past weekend, over 1,600 had originally sent in their videos to be considered to enter the competition. And now with Paris Ray taking the title of this year’s winner, She’ll have plenty to celebrate as she uses the tools she’s been rewarded to continue her rise- while Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org gear up for next year’s search!


For More About the Gold Coast Arts Center, VISIT:

www.GoldCoastArts.org or CALL (516) 829-2570


For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick@Rickeberle.com


About the Gold Coast Arts Center:


The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 7th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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