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.
July 9, 2011
Quaker is giving one Suburban Turmoil reader a prize package that includes an iPod Nano! Keep reading to find out how to enter.
I guess I thought that getting a phone call from Nick Jonas would be the highlight of my week.
As it turns out, I was wrong.
Last Saturday, I headed into downtown Nashville to see in person what I’ve been writing about over the last few weeks: the fabled Quaker Chewy Superstar Search mobile recording studio. As I’ve told you in posts past, it is currently touring the nation, giving kids a chance to record their own music video and submit it for the chance to win a recording contract with the Jonas Group. As in NICK JONAS’S recording group!
*Cue one million twelve-year-old girls swooning*
I got there just in time to see eleven-year-old Ben from Austin, Texas very reluctantly agree to make a video. The kid clearly wasn’t excited about his chance to be a superstar, but his mother and sister convinced him to do it.
I think every mother recognizes this smile. It’s the kind of smile that says, “I’d rather be doing math homework next to a hornet’s nest than standing here about to sing ‘Nothin’ on You.’ But I’m trying very hard to be nice about it.”
The door to the recording booth closed and we watched on the computer screen as the music started and Ben began trying to sing along. Let’s just say it did not go well. He was clearly uncomfortable and embarrassed, and it looked like this was going to be a no-go.
But then, something happened. The producer encouraged Ben to try it again. And again. And then again. And before my eyes, Ben began to transform– from a befuddled little boy… to a budding superstar.
The next thing we knew, Ben was asking if he could move around the booth while he sang. The producer said yes. And Ben moved.
Oh, did this kid move!
By the end, Ben had all the swagger of a pop idol, and I was laughing with delight at the transformation.
“Do you think I really have a chance?” he asked the producer when he came out of the booth.
And that’s when my heart officially melted.
Afterward, Ben got a flash drive with a copy of his music video on it. He can decide at home whether he wants to submit it to the site and enter the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search. He also had his photo taken- When he looks it up online, Nick Jonas will be superimposed, standing beside him.
It sounds cheesy, y’all, but I swear Ben was a different kid after the recording experience than he was before it. He was confident, beaming and he had a little extra spring in his step. I left fervently wishing that my own children had been old enough to participate. What a fun experience! And it was all completely free.
Here are the stops still left on the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search tour:
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
I would imagine it’s fairly crowded in the morning when the event starts, but by the time I got to our Nashville stop mid-afternoon, there was no line- just a a steady stream of kids showing up about every five minutes or so.
If you don’t live near one of these stops, your child can still enter to win the Superstar Search. Here’s how you do it:
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 home.
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.
And who knows? Maybe our new friend Ben will be among them…
To help promote the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search, Quaker is giving one lucky Suburban Turmoil reader a prize package that includes an iPod nano, headphones, and Quaker products! To enter, just leave a comment on this post between now and Tuesday, July 19th, telling me whether you had dreams of being famous when you were a child. I’ll choose one winner at random. One comment per person, please. This contest is open only to U.S. residents.