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New effort underway to boost Charlotte's art and music scene


In the heart of the Queen City, a new venue has emerged for regular folks to sing their hearts out.

Referred to as Overture, the group wants global artist to know they can call Charlotte their international cultural hub.

It started out as friends gathering to listen to music.

"I met Marcus in college," said singer Tiffany Kemp. 

"We met in university in Germany."

Music producer Marcus Brown said "I've been playing since I was 6 years old."

"So music has always been a part of my life."

Now the two are writing songs and putting tracks together

"I can sing, we collaborated and we had this idea that one of these days we are going to bring the music out to the people." said Tiffany.

Music that Marcus believes many people will enjoy.

"Growing up here as a kid none of this stuff existed and now that people are moving here and companies are moving here art needs to move here," said Marcus.

But it's not only their music Marcus wants to introduce.

"It definitely needs more live musicians," said Marcus.

"And it needs more artistic people willing to come here because it is such a new and established place."

And they hope it's the seed that grows the Queen City into an evolving international cultural scene.

His idea is to collaborate with multimedia artists eager to put their stamp on the city.

Marcus is starting by producing a music album accompanied by music videos. 

But he wants all artists to explore in Uptown and beyond.

"You can use your artistic talent for a host of different things it doesn't have to be just playing in a venue," said Marcus. 

"You can use it to write songs, you can use it in an independent film or to do voice over work."

You can be part of this musical collaboration

Marcus hopes to create this album using the talents of local singers, dancers, and musicians who have won the Metro Blvd. Talent Audition Contest — to be held this April.

Auditions will happen in Charlotte, and are open to anyone 18-years-old or older. All performers will have to perform individually in front of a panel of judges.

Winners of the Metro Blvd Talent Audition Contest will receive the opportunity to participate on a project of high visibility and worldwide distribution.

Winners will also be featured in a broadcast television special as well as the project's documentary and web-series. Session musicians will also be paid for all session work during the recording of the album.

Metro Blvd is seeking one male lead vocalist and one female lead vocalist, three background vocalists, two keyboarders, two guitarists, one percussionist, three violinists, one cellist, one contrabassist, one trumpet player, one French horn player, five dancers and several brass and woodwind musicians.

Those interested in auditioning should visit to learn more and fill out the registration form.  Audition contest slots are limited.

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