Kid Rock has joined local music experts and representatives from professional sports teams as part of an 11-member panel of judges to determine the 10 semifinalists for the FOX Sports Detroit’s APRIL IN THE D Song Contest.
The individuals on the guest panel are working this week to narrow an overall field of 50 musical acts entered down to the top 10.
Then, starting Feb. 21, Detroit’s sports and music fans will vote online at FoxSportsDetroit.com to determine three finalists. The finalists will undergo another round of online voting to determine the grand prize winner, which will be announced April 1. The winning band receives $5,000 and the honor of delivering the song that will promote FOX Sports Detroit’s April the D campaign that celebrates the city’s passion for sports and the welcomed arrival of springtime. All three finalists receive a professional recording session valued at $1,000.
Entrants were required to submit a music video of no longer than 3 minutes, 30 seconds that incorporates a sports theme focusing on Detroit’s teams and the phrase “April in the D”. Entries are judged based on creative lyrical use, production quality and originality.
Kid Rock’s involvement in the guest panel is another example of his love of all things Detroit. His recent hit song Times Like These, a ballad to the resiliency of the Motor City and its citizens, was used during the APRIL IN THE D Song Contest call for entries period.
Here is the complete list of guest judges for the current phase of the APRIL IN THE D Song Contest voting:
Kid Rock – Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter
Anne Carlini – On-air personality, WRIF Radio
Tim Dameron – Game Presentation Manager, Detroit Pistons
Rebecca Girard – Director, “Automotion” (Detroit Pistons dance team)
Gary Graff – Music Critic, Oakland Press / Macomb Daily / Billboard Magazine, etc.
Greg Hammaren – Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit
Terri Koggenhop – Executive Director, Detroit Music Awards
Brad Stuart – Defenseman, Detroit Red Wings
Treasure – Managing Editor, Real Detroit Weekly
Mickey York – Host, FOX Sports Detroit
Ellen Hill Zeringue – Vice President-Marketing, Detroit Tigers
SOURCE: Fox Sports Detroit