Kelly Rowland and Sara Bareilles to Judge in Audible’s Novel Singing Competition Podcast, ‘Breakthrough’
Grammy-winning artist Kelly Rowland, renowned as a member of Destiny’s Child, will judge a groundbreaking audio series set to premiere on June 1.
The new show, “Breakthrough,” is touted as the inaugural singing contest produced exclusively as a podcast and will be hosted on Audible.
Expressing her joy at being part of this innovative venture, Rowland said, “Breakthrough provides an unprecedented platform for emerging talents and I am thrilled to contribute to their journey. With Audible as the perfect backdrop for this endeavour, I look forward to cheering on every participant.”
Joining Rowland on the judging panel is Grammy laureate singer-songwriter, Sara Bareilles. Both artists will play dual roles as judges and mentors, offering their insights and assisting in the contestants’ artistic evolution throughout the series.
Bareilles’ excitement is palpable as she shares, “I’m overjoyed to collaborate with this group of extremely talented individuals on Breakthrough. The uniqueness of this journey lies in our discovery of the artists simultaneously with our audience – appreciating their artistry solely through their music and narrative.”
Commenting on the talent on display, Bareilles adds, “Each one of our five phenomenal contestants stepped up to the plate with a boldness and openness that facilitated a uniquely intimate experience. Their courage to explore and share their deepest selves was an education for me and serves as an inspiration for anyone at any stage in their career.”
Audible is set to enhance the show’s appeal by bringing in Daveed Diggs, the Grammy and Tony award-winning star of ‘Hamilton,’ to host Breakthrough. Over the span of nine episodes, the contestants will vie for mid-season rewards including extra vocal coaching, studio recording time, and recording gear.
Zola Mashariki, Head of Audible Studios, points out that Audible’s other successful series, Words + Music and Origins, have already provided an extraordinary auditory experience for listeners. “Breakthrough takes it a step further by pioneering an audio-only singing contest. We’re thrilled to have Kelly Rowland, Sara Bareilles, and Daveed Diggs onboard to mentor contestants. It’s a chance for aspiring artists to learn from the very best in the music industry.”
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