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Published on September 7th, 2020 | by Guest Editor


The Djooky Music Awards, The World’s Biggest Global Song Contest Announce Their First Global Winners

The music platform Djooky who launched the first global online song contest in July have announced their summer round global winners, the result was determined by combining the prestigious jury vote, and the public vote. The winners come from three continents – North America, South America and Africa.

The winning musicians are:

1st Place

Artist: Gina Brooklyn – USA

Song: No More Hiding

Gina is a unique singer/songwriter whose style combines a multitude of influences that transcend through genres. By creating a captivating ambience for her distinctive vocals, soul-gripping melodies and engaging lyrics, she can lure even the most demanding listeners into her world. The Ohio-born singer started her music career at the tender age of 15 when she co-wrote and recorded a song that led her to become a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2017.

2nd Place 

Artist: Mimigold 

Song: Dance

Mimigold is a Nigerian-born is a singer-sonwriter who entered the competition to fulfil her dreams of becoming a successful musician and wanted the world to hear her music.

3rd Place

Artist: GAONA

Song: Dame Una Razón 

GAONA hails from Peru and is a renowned singer and composer and was born in the Amazonas. He is a natural activist and environmental protectionist who is an ambassador of the world project ‘Green Hearts’. He was nominated for the Latin Grammy 2019 and won the Latin American Award for best male vocalist in the same year.

The overall international winner of the summer round Gina Brooklyn won an all-expenses-paid trip to the iconic Capitol Studios (LA, USA) to record a song with Brian Malouf and to attend coaching sessions with Los Angeles based global music experts and executives. Plus a cash prize of  $10k.

In second place Mimigold was awarded $5k to upgrade her recording equipment.

In third place GAONA received $2k to upgrade his recording equipment.

Gina Brooklyn said: ‘I can’t believe I won, it’s beyond surreal. I created ‘No More Hiding’ with Dan Epand and I couldn’t have done it without him. I’m so grateful for everyone who voted for me and supported me throughout this process.’

Mimigold said:It was a great pleasure participating in the DJOOKY competition. I usually don’t do competitions, but I wanted to do this, and I appreciate the platform. God bless you all that support African and Nigerian music.’

GAONA said: ‘It was a special contest, we put a lot of desire and heart together with my team to attract the attention of the grand juries. We have not lost the competition, we have gained the time necessary to continue proving that what we dream of is worth fighting for. ‘

The contest was judged in the final stages by a panel of prestigious producers, musicians including world-recognised American producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf whose work has amassed a total of 53 gold, platinum and double-platinum records to date; British Ivor Novello Award two-time winner and Grammy-nominated Sacha Skarbek, best known for writing James Blunt’s hit singles ‘You’re Beautiful’ and ‘Goodbye My Lover’,’ as well as the Miley Cyrus hit song ‘Wrecking Ball’. Award-winning musician and composer and Grammy nominee Patrice Rushen who composed and recorded the hit song, ‘Forget Me Nots’, and Justin Gray who has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, John Legend, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, and Reignwolf.  

Brian Malouf, who is also a Co-Founder of DMA, said: Gina Brooklyn’s hypnotic, desperate, and powerful winning song ‘No More Hiding’ is a great example of the hidden gems we found from all over the world and a most deserving piece in this, our first seasonal song contest.

I had some great songs on my personal playlist including ‘Ilusiones’ by Keira Music, ‘Dame Una Razon’, by Gaona, ‘Not Stuck With You (NSWU)’ by Oubey, ‘Baby On Board’ by Genia Stormz, ‘No One Believes Me’ by The Grand Ma, ‘Death and Dyin’ by Poke, and ‘The Dream Is A Lie’ by Tony Arratia.

I am really happy with the outcomes, but even happier with the worldwide participation we enjoyed in our inaugural contest.  As a start-up we had a pretty steep learning curve with the tech, but I’m feeling very positive about the daily progress we’re making with it, and excited to hear the next batch of entries, which I started listening to today.’

Award-winning songwriter and one of the DMA judges Justin Gray said:I was so impressed with the breadth of talent from all over the world. Every song was unique and truly represented the global wealth of true musical talent. Djooky is a very legitimate option for artists looking to find that breakout opportunity they need.’

The platform received nominations from artists located across the globe, and all six continents and The DMA took place in three stages which included National, Continental, and Global voting rounds. Djooky Music Awards is now open for the next season – Autumn Season 2020 and is accepting applications from artists all over the world until Nov 23rd, 23:59:59 GMT.

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