Guitar Center, Vince Gill team up in search for undiscovered guitarists

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 (Feb 1st), undiscovered guitarists across the United States are invited to submit their version of Vince Gill’s new single “Take Me Down” at 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 12th, 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.

Guitar Center OnStage exemplifies the retailer’s ongoing commitment to developing unique programming that provides musicians with the opportunity and exposure to further their success. Previous editions of Guitar Center OnStage featured Jane’s Addiction, Slash, Mötley Crüe and KISS, with Mötley Crüe’s winning band, The Last Vegas, going on to win iTunes critics’ 2009 “Rock Single of the Year” with their hit single “I’m Bad.”

“I had no hesitations when Guitar Center approached me about this opportunity to give back to the musical community and support undiscovered artists,” Gill says in a statement. “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!”

“Guitar Center’s OnStage offers unsigned musicians a platform to get their music heard by legendary artists,” Jake Cheung, manager of music marketing and artist relations at Guitar Center, states. “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.”


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.