Houston, TX (September 10, 2004)–Producer and co-owner and president of SugarHill Recording Studios, Dan Workman spent much of August participating as a judge and speaker during “Project Popstar;” a talent search for Matthew Knowles’ next female vocal group on Sanctuary Urban. Knowles, known for managing Destiny’s Child and daughter Beyonce Knowles’ careers, is set on creating another chart-topping success through this talent search, which was limited to the Houston area.
Workman, who has worked on all of the Destiny’s Child projects as well as solo projects for Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michele Williams, was tapped to judge the pre-final and final auditions. Joining Workman in the panel of judges was Mathew Knowles, R&B singer Keith Sweat, Sanctuary Urban artist Ray J and three Sanctuary Records associates from across the globe.
“Project Popstar” launched on August 14th, 2004 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center where 400 candidates vied for auditions followed by two additional rounds of tryouts and screenings. 20 girls were ultimately selected and sent off to a rigorous two-week boot camp at Knowles’ Music World Entertainment compound.
As part of boot camp training, Workman an elected NARAS Governor and owner of Dan Workman Music, also gave the pre-finalists a workshop on “Singing in the Studio.” The workshop provided candidates an insight into studio performance, communicating with the producer and the engineer, and treating the microphone as an audience.
On Tuesday, August 31st, the 20 girls were given a final chance to showcase their talent. The finale included group performances followed by a solo performance from each finalist. The girls were critiqued on their vocal performance, dance performance, personality and showmanship. After a lengthy process, 12 girls were selected for further group development and will go on to compete for the all girl singing group lineup. As a surprising addition, three girls were chosen for solo development deals to be helmed by Dan Workman Music.
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