May 11, 2011

Meet the Aspiring Singer-Songwriters of Bravo's 'Platinum Hit'

It seems like most professions out there have a reality show about them, and now aspiring singer-songwriters are getting their time in the spotlight with Bravo's new competition series Platinum Hit.

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Platinum Hit (premieres Monday, May 30 at 10pm) follows 12 up-and-coming musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive. From dance track to love ballad, every episode will feature a different theme that will require the contestants to write and perform lyrics from multiple genres.

Joining the contestants will be two of the most accomplished songwriters today: Jewel will host the series, as well as gives her feedback as a judge, alongside former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who is the head judge each week. There will also be more big-name judges including Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Donna Summer, Jermaine Dupri, Taio Cruz and Ryan Tedder.

The winner of Platinum Hit will walk away with a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp, and a recording deal with RCA/Jive. Not too shabby!

Keep reading to meet the 12 singer-songwriters hoping to take home top prize on Platinum Hit:

Scotty Granger

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Songwriting Style: R&B/Pop with dance influence

Musical Inspiration: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Brian McKnight and Elton John

Wants to Write For: Celine Dion

Karen Waldrup

Hometown: Mandeville, LA

Songwriting Style: Mix of folk, rock, country and blues

Musical Inspiration: Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Jewel, Faith Hill and Alanis Morissette

Wants to Write For: Alanis Morrissette

Nick Nittoli

Hometown: Garfield, NJ

Songwriting Style: Blend of pop, rock and alternative

Musical Inspiration: Michael Jackson

Wants to Write For: Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Avril Lavigne

Jacki Tohn

Hometown: Oceanside, NY

Songwriting Style: Writes in many genres from folk to pseudo hip-hop, pop, blues to reggae

Musical Inspiration: Ben Folds, Patty Griffin and Stevie Wonder

Wants to Write For: Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Colby Caillat, American Idol contestants

Nevin James

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Songwriting Style: Mix of folk and rock

Musical Inspiration: Bob Dylan, Elton John, Keith Richards, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Wants to Write For: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kate Moss

Melissa Rapp

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Songwriting Style: Soulful/Pop

Musical Inspiration: Ben Harper, Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, Joni Mitchell

Wants to Write For: Norah Jones, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Jason Mraz

Johnny Marnell

Hometown: Kingston, NY

Songwriting Style: Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Soul, R&B, Alternative, Blues, Country, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap

Musical Inspiration: Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Pharell/The Neptunes, Harry Connick, Jr.,

Wants to Write For: Justin Timberlake, Usher, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Cee Lo Green

Jes Hudak

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

Songwriting Style: Pop soul

Musical Inspiration: Regina Spektor, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Jenny Lewis, Katy Perry and Ella Fitzgerald

Wants to Write For: Kelly Clarkson

Brian Judah

Hometown: Studio City, CA

Songwriting Style: Alternative, Pop, Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, Country

Musical Inspiration: Elvis Presley, Guns N' Roses, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Elton John, Stone Temple Pilots, Rihanna, Kraftwerk, Kanye West, Neil Diamond

Wants to Write For: Rihanna, Florence and The Machine, Usher, Dierks Bentley, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Britney Spears

Sonyae Elise

Hometown: Newark/Montclair, NJ

Songwriting Style: R&B/Hip Hop

Musical Inspiration: Linda Jones

Wants to Write For: Mary J Blige, Madonna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga

Blessing Offer

Hometown: New Haven, CT

Songwriting Style: Pop/R&B/Soul

Musical Inspiration: Anything from Motown, jazz and pop

Wants to Write For: John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Brian McKnight, Justin Timberlake, Jonny Lang, John Mayer, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys

Amber Ojeda

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Songwriting Style: New Soul, Jazz

Musical Inspiration: Sarah Vaughan, Sade, John Legend, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, Esperanza Spalding, A Tribe Called Quest and Miles Davis

Wants to Write For: Janet Jackson, Natasha Bedingfield, Estelle, Lily Allen, Joss Stone

This type of reality competition could either be really good or very strange. Will viewers want to listen to songs they've never heard before? Or will they glom on to rising stars and pick their favorites from week to week? Bravo has done with untraditional reality shows like Work of Art, so maybe Platinum Hit will be just that for the network.

Platinum Hit premieres Monday, May 30 at 10pm on Bravo.