Saturday, March 16, 2013

Social Media Powered Talent Contest To Unveil #AwakeningStar

London, UK; March 14, 2013 – Awakening announced the launch of the Awakening Talent Contest, a pioneering worldwide online initiative which aims to discover musical talents. The Contest harnesses the power of social media, utilising Awakening’s 8.8 million+ Facebook fans; 1.4 million+ Twitter followers; and 260,000+ YouTube subscribers to find and vote on the new #AwakeningStar through the power of Likes, Shares, and Retweets.

Awakening stars Maher Zain and Hamza Namira, in addition to two of the co-founders of Awakening will form the Judging Committee. “Instead of only us deciding, we are giving our fans the chance to participate in choosing our artists. We want to capitalise on our strong online & social media presence to find our new star,” said Bara Kherigi, Co-Founder of Awakening and a member of the Judging Committee.

Awakening Talent Contest allows aspiring artists from all over the world to submit their YouTube videos on utilising a special YouTube-approved submission tool. There will be several rounds of engaging and voting until the three winners are announced. The Contest is open to all regardless of faith, gender, age and race.

Taking into consideration the votes and feedback of Awakening’s social media community across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+, the Judging Committee will screen the finalists through different stages and the winners will be announced in early July 2013.

The first prize is signing a contract with Awakening Records while the second winner will perform live with one of Awakening’s artists. will be delivering a collection of Awakening products worth $1,000 to the third winner.

Notes to Editors:
1. Awakening Worldwide is a UK based media production company with a particular focus on publishing and music. The company brought Maher Zain, Hamza Namira, Sami Yusuf, Mesut Kurtis, Irfan Makki & Raef to the world. Awakening’s artists have performed in more than 100 concerts in 2012 in over 26 countries.

2. The Awakening Talent Contest is the first to its kind to be powered by social media. All press enquiries or request for interviews should be sent to

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