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2018 JUDGES
  1. JUSTIN GRAY (Producer) - Justin’s projects have sold in excess of 30 million copies, and more than 7 billion streams world-wide. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Mariah Carey, John Legend, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, and Reignwolf. 

  2. RANDY COOKE (Drummer, percussionist, session musician, and touring musician) - SmashMouth band member and  has over 20 Gold, Platinum, and MultiPlatinum awards to his credit, he’s appeared on Country charts, Smooth Jazz charts, Rock, Pop-Rock, MOR, and Alternative charts.

  3. KOJI BRASH (Guitarist/Producer) Top Guitarist in Japan along with touring with various Japanese artists.

  4. FRANK COSENTINO (Guitarist/Producer) - Blues Hall of Fame Inductee

  5. STAN MICZEK (Guitarist/Bassist/Producer) formerly of Alannah Myles, Harem Scarem, Sass Jordan, Killer Dwarfs, Honeymoon Suite.

Please note that if anyone contacts the judges it is immediate disqualification from the Awards.

JUSTIN GRAY

Songwriter, Record Producer, Music Executive & Tech Entrepreneur.

Justin Gray is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based Songwriter, Record Producer, Music Executive and Tech Entrepreneur. Over the past 12 years, Justin’s projects have sold in excess of 30 million copies, and more than 7 billion streams world-wide. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Mariah Carey, John Legend, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, and Reignwolf

So far in 2018, Justin has enjoyed tremendous success on singles by Multi-Platinum artist Mr. Probz (40 million Streams on Spotify, 10 million views on YouTube), internationally renowned DJ Benny Bennassi, Chinese Mega Star Chris Lee and most recently enjoyed a #1 in China with TF Boys' Roy Wang and his song "The Wrong Things."

Plans for 2018 include identifying, signing and developing talent through his various publishing and production ventures, as well as continuing to collaborate with world-class songwriters, producers and artists. 

Justin is the founder and Chairman of the recently launched www.MDIIO.com, a "Global social platform for songwriters and Music Professionals."   Justin is proud to be published by BMG Music Publishing.

RANDY COOKE

Canadian drummer, percussionist, session musician, and touring musician. He is a member of Smash Mouth (2010–2011, 2011-2012, 2016–2018, 2018-present).

 

Canadian drummer, percussionist, session musician, touring musician and session artist for recording artists, independent artists, television jingles and movie soundtracks.. He is a member of Smash Mouth (2010–2011, 2011-2012, 2016–2018, 2018-present).  With over 20 Gold, Platinum, and MultiPlatinum awards to his credit, he’s appeared on Country charts, Smooth Jazz charts, Rock, Pop-Rock, MOR, and Alternative charts.  Randy studied privately with Rick Gratton who eventually offered him the opportunity to play with international blues recording artist Long John Baldry.

Influenced by his drummer father, Cooke picked up the drums as a child, learning and playing as part of a local drum corps before starting his own bands as a teenager. After high school, he took his talents to the recording studio and the national stage, recording and/or touring with the likes of Lee Aaron, Marc Jordan, Rik Emmett, Amy Sky, Sass Jordan, Kim Mitchell, Edwin, Alannah Myles and Alanis Morissette, and quickly emerged as one of Canada's top session musicians.

Cooke eventually relocated to Los Angeles and has since lent his talents to Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Ringo Starr, Five for Fighting, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Smash Mouth, Natasha Bedingfield, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Joss Stone, Colin Hay (of Men at Work), Pointer Sisters, Colbie Caillat, Mick Jagger, Ashley Tisdale, David Archuleta, The Veronicas, K'naan, Mandy Moore, Taylor Hicks, and many more. Currently playing with Smash Mouth.

KOJI BRASH

Guitarist, Producer and Touring Artist

Staring guitar from the age of 13, Koji developed his band career around clubs in Tokyo at 15.

First as a guitarist he also was a drummer for various bands, later deciding to concentrate on vocals and guitar.

After deciding to give his music career a hiatus, he worked as a model and actor performing on various shows and movies.  Koji also developed ties with Racing teams, obtaining a class A racing license, competing in races and additionally wrote articles for Car Magazines.

In 2012 Koji revamped his musical activities, landing a deal with Abbey Road Studios (English Heritage Grade II listed, famously used for recordings of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, etc.) with Simon Gibson (remastered Harry Potter, E.T.) creating the album "NW8".

This was a first time a Japanese Guitarist had finished a full recording in Beatle's famous London recording studio.

"NW8" was sold first in the UK, and the tour in London, Sheffield, and Brighton received high praises.

In the US, performing in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Koji's "NW8" has been featured in various media outlets.

All lyrics and music of "NW8" are produced by Koji.

FRANK COSENTINO

Producer & Guitarist along with inductee to Blues Hall Of Fame Guitarist

Links:  Website: frankcosentino.com

facebook.com/frank.cosentino.98

Blues Hall Of Fame Award:  Frank_Cosentino_Master_Exhibit.html

Guitar has been in Frank Cosentino’s life since the age of five when everything changed after seeing Jimi Hendrix live at his infamous 1968 Toronto show.   The sound coming from this larger than life guitarist’s hands was what some would say was a religious awakening, musically, for Frank.

Since then, Frank has been perfecting his technique which evolved into the performances his audiences now see on stage throughout the year.  With musical tastes constantly expanding and ranging from rock to blues to soul to R&B, Frank’s guitar has become his “wing man” as he explores his soul and the music which becomes part of his blood.

Frank Cosentino inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame!

On April 11, 2017, Frank learned that he had been inducted to The Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist in Canada - only one of two inducted from Canada this year!  (The other inductee was 2x JUNO Award winner, Jack De Keyzer!)

STAN MICZEK

Guitarist, Bassist & Producer

Website: Stansongs.com

 

​Stan Miczek is a profession: Musician, Bassist who is a 30 year pro in the music industry with well over 4000 live shows under his belt.  Stan has played with Sass Jordan since 1996 and this included playing alongside her at the 2003 SARS Concert.

 

In 1998 he joined Honeymoon Suite and played with them up to 2008.

Stan has also played with Killer Dwarfs from 2003-2005, the Darren Smith Band, Blood Red Flower, and bass instructor at T-Rox Music Academy.

Music Director & Musician for:  Jeff Healey: A 50th Celebration on Friday May 27th, 2016 @ Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  with Albert Lee, Sonny Landreth, Walter Trout, The Trews, Philip Sayce, the Jeff Healey Alumni Band and some very special surprise guests. 

Artists STAN has played with include:  JEFF HEALEY, MARK ST. JOHN (KISS), MIRON, PHEAR, SASS JORDAN, THOMAS BARLOW, TOM COCHRANE, The GUESS WHO, ​A IS A, ALAN FREW, ALANNAH MYLES, ANDY KIM, BLOOD RED FLOWER, DARREN SMITH Band, DRIFTERS, EARTH BOY, KILLER DWARFS, HONEYMOON SUITE, HAREM SCAREM & GROOVESTONE.

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