COVER ME is the Ultimate "Behind the Music" style series to be based in Austin, Texas. It will feature a group of musicians and singers collectively known as "The Cover Kings."
This Musical Biography will explore some of the the greatest hit songs of our time and the artists that made them famous. Examining some 90 Iconic Artists ranging from ABBA to ZZ Top, COVER ME will relate the story of the song and the artist - and then create a modern interpretation of the material. Combining new music technology and Austin's world-class talent pool, the Cover Kings will create fresh versions of many Hit Songs from decades past and present.
The success of dozens of Talent Search and Music Reality Shows – from American Idol to Glee and X-factor, clearly demonstrate a mass appeal for modern takes on former hits. Thru these shows – Billboard has Charted hundreds of new cover versions in the Top 100. Indeed, showcasing classic songs and artists are large part of the draw of these popular shows.
Our Mission is to inspire and be inspired by these gems of craftsmanship and make them vibrant once again. Part of our Unique Sound is to incorporate the infectious beats that drive dance and rap music and still maintain a live band setting. So if you've ever been curious to hear Cat Stevens over a Jay-Z beat or what blending Sinatra and Steve Miller would sound what like – you'll
love what what we like to call our “Sonic Makeovers.”
Our Journey seeks to blend Austin's greatest resource – the gifted musician - with the Classic artists they are being asked to cover.The show will also tell their personal stories. Stories played out to the greatest soundtrack ever compiled - the last 50 years of country, pop, rock, and soul music.
You - The Web Audience will participate in many parts of the series, including opinion and interview snippets as well as voting on favorite Cover King remakes to be performed live in Austin the end of each episode. And through our many interactive tools, you could be part of discovering and breaking the next Steve Ray Vaughn, Spoon or Dixie Chicks.
COVER ME will take you through the entire process - from talent auditions, to arranging the songs and choosing the instrumentation - to recording, mixing, and final editing.
Our Budget will go to paying our musicians, music and film equipment rentals, recording, production and editing costs, sync fees, and promotion.
The Cover Kings intend to record 100 Cover Songs and offer them as single downloads and as a 10 Album Set. COVER ME will include 12 Video Episodes and 24 Audio Podcasts and also plans to encourage visual artists – painters, graphic artists, filmmakers - to contribute to the show.
help us Kick Start this wonderful new venture, and join us on our
quest to find the essence of pop music thru the vehicle that every Artist pours heart and soul into – the Song itself. Audio Samples - (Below) 1. You Don't Mess Around With Jim 2. In My Room 3. Let It Be 4. Hit The Road Jack
Risks and challenges
Most of the 100 songs are already arranged and demoed so our greatest challenge will be the scheduling of our players and singers to get the 100 songs finished and our 12 Episode show filmed by our deadline. We have dozens of musicians and singers on call in case this issue arises.
The First 8 Cover King Albums (8 CDs/80 songs) and/or 80 single downloads and a limited edition T-shirt with the album artwork on it. You will also get your name in the Albums liner notes. Please provide shirt size and mailing address.
You get a personal version of your favorite hit song covered by us - and your name in the Album liner notes. The Entire CD Collection (10 Albums/100 songs) and/or 100 downloads and a DVD of the the Entire first season. (12 Episodes) and a limited edition T-shirt with the album artwork on it. Please provide shirt size and mailing address.
Be in our Show! Send us a video clip of you talking about your favorite Hit Song and Recording Artist (1-2 minutes long). We will cover that song and include your video clip in our series. All 10 Cover King CD's (and/or 100 downloads), the entire DVD series, behind the scenes footage and photos, t-shirt and posters. Please provide shirt size and mailing address.
All the above - Also, be filmed in a Cover Kings session singing backgrounds or playing percussion, as well as ALL ACCESS passes to any Cover Kings Show (Travel Expenses not included) - plus a wrapped Cover Kings Guitar with album artwork and autographed by all the band members. Please provide shirt size and mailing address.
All the above - plus your own private Cover Kings concert and dinner party. 10 members (Musicians and Singers) of the Cast will perform 2 sets of the Best Cover King songs from the Cover Me Show. (Show must be in Austin or within a 500 mile radius) And yes, this can also be included in our Series. Please provide shirt size and mailing address.