Showcase. What makes a true showcase? Perhaps great talent? Quality, knowledgeable judges? A suitable venue? Good prizes? Entertainment? Yes, we can all agree that these things are needed for a true showcase & one that will keep the audience captivated and want to see more. Perhaps, The Merge Showcase Atlanta held true to a “true” showcase.
The venue for the showcase “Gospel Tabernacle” was highly packed leaving only a few empty seats for late comers. The crystal clear projector screens adorned both sides of the stage to provide the viewer with an intimate experience. The first person to grace the stage was none other than the host for the evening, recording artist Micah Stampley. His warm personality quickly broke the ice and led the showcase into a great start.
The talent was indeed “dynamic” as the flyer promised. Artists like Marcia Chisolm and Lawrence Flowers & Intercession helped make the showcase well worth it with undeniable vocal talent. Several genres were displayed including hip hop, R&B, gospel and acoustic. And on top of a great variety of genres, some included full choreography and dancers. One particular artist performed his song accompanied by a acoustic guitar that he digitally strummed on his iPhone through an app! Needless to say, his performance and melodic voice brought uniqueness to the showcase.
The judges also brought variety to the table. Releve’ Entertainment, D3 Entertainment, Verity Gospel, & BMI were all represented along with recording artist Deitrick Haddon. Each judge brought their own individual personality which added volumes to the showcase. Everyone enjoys the occasional “bumping heads” that usually takes place when judges have varied opinions on an artist’ performance and it this was evident a few times during this showcase.
The entertainment for the night was a talented artist known as Brandon Camphor. He was easy on the eyes, had an engaging personality and definitely owned the stage. His tracks were produced well and added to his performance. He was able to keep the audience captivated and delivered 3 songs full of variety while the judges were backstage contemplating their decision. It was definitely a smart move to use him as the featured artist.
So now this question can be posed, what is a true showcase without a substantial, grand prize? The grand prize winner in this showcase received a trip to LA for the opportunity to compete in the BET Music Matters Showcase. This prize was so impactful because it would open greater opportunities for the artist to compete amongst other music industry professionals and have the opportunity to perform on different BET events. It would definitely be a great asset for new exposure leading to many open doors the artist(s).
With all things evaluated for the needed criteria for a true showcase, I think we can conclude The Merge Showcase Atlanta could fall under the category of a true showcase.