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We feature winners Jacob Sanders, Kate Diaz and Boy with a Fish

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Jacob Sanders
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Jacob Sanders

The Sonicbids contest is over and the winners have been chosen.  We’d like to thank all the runners-up for submitting their music and encourage them all to try again during the next Sonicbids contest.

The winners for this competition are:

Jacob Sanders
Kate Diaz
Boy with a Fish

Congratulations guys! Read on for more info about the winners.

Jacob Sanders

Jacob Sanders is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Chicago. His album "Well" was recorded at home with one condenser microphone. Jacob played all of the instruments on the album, except the bass in  "Two Chickens" played by his brother James. "Well" was written in 2009 and set aside for more than a year. Jacob has written two other albums since then that are currently being recorded.

His influences include Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, and Tom Waits. Perfection is not the intent in his recordings. Expressing a thought is the first priority. The album "Well" is a collection of songs written at the same time and strung together by concept. "Well" is available for free download online. You can find out more about him here.

Kate Diaz

Kate Diaz may be only 14, but her voice and her songs make it clear that she is wise beyond her years. The Chicago-area singer/songwriter/guitarist has already participated in Kidzapalooza and has been featured on local TV stations to display her talent. She's released an acoustic album titled "Two by Four" and will be participating in her Third Annual Children's Cancer Fundraiser Holiday Benefit Concerts. Fans can donate to the cause by purchasing her song "Christmas Smiles" for a dollar here. You can also find more information about the concerts at the aforementioned link.

You can visit her official site here, and if you're anxious to hear the incredible voice this 14-year-old has up her sleeve, then check out her video below.

Boy with a Fish

The quirky, thoughtful American band Boy with a Fish features Jeff Claus (guitar and vocals), Judy Hyman (electric violin and vocals), Rick Hansen (moog, organ, accordion), Jay Olsa (bass) and Ryan Cady (drums). Hailing from Ithaca, New York, the band has been on the scene for a while, with members moonlighting in the band The Horse Flies and touring with the likes of Natalie Merchant. Their unique, catchy sound has been described as "quirky Americana with a hauntingly powerful electric shiver…suggesting the electric pop texture of Talking Heads and the authentic crackle of 16 Horsepower.” And we've gotta say, we love it.

Take a listen to "I Put My Tongue on the Window" below and check out their official site for more.

  I Put My Tongue On the Window by Boy with a Fish

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