This year's entries will be judged by the following recording industry luminaries.
In a legendary career as a music and entertainment producer, songwriter, arranger and mixer that has spanned over 40 years, Bob Ezrin has worked with a wide variety of artists including: Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Fefe Dobson, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, K’naan, will.i.am, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, U2, Green Day, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Darkness, Jane’s Addiction and the Deftones and many more.
In 2010 Bob produced “Wavin’ Flag” with K’naan and Young Artists for Haiti and helped raise over $2 million for disaster relief. That song won the Juno award in 2011 for single of the year. More recently he worked with K’naan on his current album. He has also worked with young pop sensation Fefe Dobson on her album Joy, producing and co-writing the SoCan Award winning single “Can’t Breathe”.
Among numerous film and TV projects, Ezrin produced the award winning film “Fade To Black” starring Jay-Z, Beyonce and a wide variety of hip-hop and urban artists.
He is a co-founder with GGGarth Richardson and Kevin Williams of Nimbus School of Recording & Media in Vancouver, B.C. where students learn audio engineering, advanced music production, urban music production, post-production and game audio, and music business and entrepreneurship.
He is also a co-founder of Beat Kangz electronics, a company focused on hip hop musical instruments and the developers of the world renowned Beat Thang.
Bob was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2013. In 2013, he was also inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in April, 2004, and into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in March, 2006. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership, Vice President of the The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a director of The Nashville Symphony, a member of MusiCounts, CARAS‘ music education initiative and, along with U2′s the Edge and Henry Juszkiewicz the CEO of Gibson Guitar Corporation, a co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace the musical instruments that were destroyed or lost in the gulf coast region due to the hurricanes and flooding of 2005. He is also a past Trustee and Governor of NARAS.
Bob Ezrin continues to work in the studio as well as film, television and theatrical productions.
GGGarth Richardson understands the value of learning by doing. The son of legendary Canadian music producer Jack Richardson, he began his music career at a young age working in his father’s studio. GGGarth was mentored by industry greats, learning music production and audio engineering from producers such as Nimbus co-founder Bob Ezrin, Brian Christian and Jack Richardson.
Throughout his career as a producer and engineer, GGGarth has worked with some of the most exciting artists in music history including: Rage Against the Machine, Ozzy Ozbourne, Alice Cooper, Hedley, Biffy Clyro, Rise Against, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Trapt, Atreyu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Gallows, and Taylor Swift. GGGarth is a Juno award winning and Grammy nominated producer and engineer.
GGGarth was involved in the co-production of K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” project with Young Artists for Haiti alongside Bob Ezrin and Mike Fraser, which was edited at Nimbus School of Recording & Media. The song won the 2011 Juno Award for Single of the Year and helped raise over $2 million for disaster relief.