Curren$y & Big K.R.I.T. Headline BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase [Photos]

Curren$y & Big K.R.I.T. Headline BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase [Photos]

Big K.R.I.T, BMI’s Byron Wright and Curren$y

Big K.R.I.T, BMI’s Byron Wright and Curren$y

Atlanta’s music enthusiasts were treated to BMI’s 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held April 11 at Terminal West.

The showcase, hosted by G.O.O.D. Music ingénue Teyana Taylor and BMI’s Byron Wright, was sponsored by on-demand driving service Uber and radio station V-103 and featured performances by a selection of promising unsigned talent and marquee recording artists.

With music provided by DJ Sense, the showcase kicked off with rousing vocal performances by Unsigned Urban Showcase competition finalists Jade Novah, Spree Wilson, Skipper Jones and Dezzy Yates the Phreshbot.

Winning the top prize was Skipper Jones, who wowed the audience and judges with his stage presence and overall charisma.

The panel of judges included songwriter/producer Stevie J; social media savant Karen Civil; Atlantic Records Senior Vice President, A&R Dallas Martin; Gordon & Rees LLP attorney & Partner Donald Woodard; DTP Records Senior A&R Paris Kirk; and Motown Records Vice President, A&R Ezekiel Lewis.

Along with the unsigned talent, the highly anticipated night of music featured a performance by Warner Bros. Records’ Curren$y and a surprise appearance by Cinematic/Def Jam Records’ recording artist Big K.R.I.T.

In addition, BMI’s Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton presented the Legends of ATL Award to DJ Greg Street. The prestigious honor recognizes a community leader for his or her contribution to the Atlanta music scene.

Peep the footage from the event below:

Rapper Curren$y performs onstage at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Rapper Curren$y performs onstage at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Rapper Curren$y performs onstage at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Rapper Curren$y performs onstage at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Big K.R.I.T performs at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase

Big K.R.I.T performs at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase

Big KRIT, Byron Wright, Curren$y

BMI’s Byron Wright (l) and Catherine Brewton present V-103 radio stations DJ Greg Street with the Legends of ATL Award at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

BMI’s Byron Wright (l) and Catherine Brewton present V-103 radio stations DJ Greg Street with the Legends of ATL Award at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Dezzy Yates the Phreshbot

Dezzy Yates the Phreshbot

Jade Novah

Jade Novah

Songwriter Sean Garrett pauses for a photo at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Songwriter Sean Garrett pauses for a photo at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J

BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase competition winner Skipper Jones performs at BMI’s 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase competition winner Skipper Jones performs at BMI’s 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Spree Wilson pauses for a photo at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Spree Wilson pauses for a photo at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Legends of ATL Award winner DJ Greg Street and Young Jezzy onstage at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Legends of ATL Award winner DJ Greg Street and Young Jezzy onstage at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor pauses for a photo at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

Teyana Taylor pauses for a photo at the BMI 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, held at Terminal West on April 11, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

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