I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
June 27, 2011
Twenty-one years later, the theme song is still burned into my brain.
“Jem is truly outrageous! Truly, truly, truly outrageous!”
“Whoa, Je-eh-em, the music’s contagious! Outrageous!”
“Jem is my name, no one else is the same! Jem is my name!”
You remember Jem, don’t you? That oversized, horse-faced Barbie that no one really wanted?
Well, back when I was eleven, (Stop calculating my age. I mean it.) there was a singing competition that involved calling an 800 number and singing the theme song for a chance to become the next…
Certain I was destined for fame and fortune, I practiced and practiced AND PRACTICED that theme song, and on the appointed Saturday when the contest phone lines opened, I placed the call. And then I placed the call again. And then I placed the call again. AND THEN I PLACED THE CALL AGAIN.
Of course, the line was busy, every single stinking time. I tried for hours, to no avail. Sadly, I missed my chance at superstardom, and now, all these years later, I’m (Probably! Maybe! NOT NECESSARILY!) too old.
However, I still have a shot at being the next best thing: A POP STAR’S MOTHER. And so do you! If you have a kid between 8 and 14 who dreams of being the next singing sensation, I’ve got great news:
Here are the deets:
This Saturday here in Nashville, the Quaker Chewy Superstar Mobile Recording Studio will roll in at the Ryman Auditorium between 10am and 4pm, so that local kids can create a music video, have a Red Carpet Photo Experience through a super imposed Nick Jonas photo opportunity and sample a variety of superstar snacks. The first 90 eligible attendees will be guaranteed a chance to make a music video from one of four pre-selected songs, and videos will be mailed to the singers so that they can submit them as entries in the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search. Wanna know what the winners get?
Well, four finalists of the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. The Grand Prize winner will get to record a song produced by Nick Jonas, an online music video, a contract with Jonas Group Management and $5,000 in cash. Pretty awesome, yes?
Don’t live in or around Nashville? The Quaker Chewy Superstar Mobile Recording Studio will also be making stops in the following cities:
July 9 and 11: Atlanta metro area
July 18 – 20 Dallas metro area
July 26 and 28: Denver metro area
August 2 – 4: Los Angeles metro area
And if this still isn’t working for you, not to worry! There’s another way to enter your child to win between now and August 5th!
1. Select from one of four pre-selected songs including:
• “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
• “Breathe” by Michelle Branch
• “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B
• “Wildflower” by The JaneDear Girls
2. Create a vocal performance at the Mobile Recording Studio OR at home. (Remember, videos recorded at the Mobile Recording Studio will be emailed to each participant so they can enter the contest.)
3. Fill out the entry form and upload the performance here.
Submissions will be narrowed to five finalists who America will have a chance to vote on starting August 29 – September 9 in an online viewing gallery at www.ChewySuperstar.com.
No matter what happens, this is a great opportunity for your child to get the feel of a little healthy competition, and get superstar treatment if you take them to a mobile recording studio.
Best of all, there’s no annoying 800 number with a perpetual busy signal to deal with.
No wonder Jem fizzled.
Coming up later this week: My interview with Nick Jonas. Don’t hate.