Guitar Center has partnered with GRAMMY® Award-winning country music legend Vince Gill to present OnStage with Vince Gill. Now in its fifth installment, the artist discovery program offers undiscovered guitarists career-launching opportunities, and this year’s installment gives the winner the chance to open for Gill on one of his U.S. tour performances, record a single with GRAMMY award-winning producer Justin Niebank (who has produced records for the likes of Gill, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban), and take home new gear, $10,000 cash and more.
How to Enter: Starting today, undiscovered guitarists across the United States are invited to submit their version of Vince Gill’s new single “Take Me Down” at guitarcenter.com/onstage. Gill will hand-pick five finalists from the submissions to perform live at a grand finals event in Los Angeles, where one grand prize winner will be named.
Guitar Center OnStage with Vince Gill winner will receive:
- An opening slot at one of Vince Gill’s U.S. Tour performances
- A single produced by GRAMMY award-winning producer Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban)
- A meeting with Universal Music Group
- $10,000 cash
- New gear from Boss, D’Addario, Dunlop, Fender, Martin, Planet Waves and Shure
- A feature with Guitar World magazine
Gill recently announced he will release his new album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, on February 12, 2016, marking Gill’s first solo album since 2011’s Guitar Slinger. February will also see Gill reunite with Lyle Lovett for a 13-city tour of acoustic shows. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.VinceGill.com.
“I had no hesitations when Guitar Center approached me about this opportunity to give back to the musical community and support undiscovered artists. There’s something very exciting about hearing new talent and knowing that I now have the ability to give them a helping hand and guide their young careers. I can’t wait to hear how people cover my new single, and I look forward to hearing submissions!” -Vince Gill
“Guitar Center’s OnStage offers unsigned musicians a platform to get their music heard by legendary artists. Vince Gill is a country music icon with 20 GRAMMYs and countless recognitions for his songwriting, producing and performance work. It’s thrilling to see an artist of his caliber give back to the musical community by providing emerging artists what they need most – an opportunity.” –Jake Cheung, manager of music marketing and artist relations at Guitar Center
Gill is set to be inducted into the retailer’s historic RockWalk. The private, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 12 pm at Guitar Center’s iconic flagship location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Legendary musician and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is scheduled to be on hand to introduce Gill and reflect on his accomplishments.