Calling All Singer-Songwriters


The Search Is On! Are you the next Project: Aloft Star?

Your big break is here, so tune your guitars, check your mics and get ready for the 7th annual Project: Aloft Star competition. YOU could be the next Project: Aloft Star.


Aloft Hotels puts a spotlight on up-and-coming artists since 2008 with music programs like Live At Aloft Hotels, acoustic performances at Aloft locations around the globe, and the Live At Aloft Hotels Tour that hits the road each year. This innovative focus on music has led many to enjoy great talents such as Better Than Ezra, The Lumineers and O.A.R. perform up close and personal at our hotels. And now Aloft is on the hunt for the next great talent with its 7th annual Project: Aloft Star competition. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to take center stage at the world’s fastest growing hotel brand. 

This year, we’re pairing up with American Rocker and former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry (“Home,” “It’s Not Over”) to help crown the next winner.  “I love that Aloft Hotels supports emerging artists and gives them stages around the world to perform, because that’s what I love doing most,” said Chris Daughtry, lead singer of Daughtry. “I’m honored to be a mentor for Project: Aloft Star participants this year, helping young talent fulfill their dreams the way I have had the opportunity to live out mine.”


Chris Daughtry, this year's Project: Aloft Star Mentor


Enter now for your chance to work with Chris Daughtry and become the next Project: Aloft Star winner!

Phase I: Enter & Emerge

From now through September 5, 2016, unsigned bands and artists across North America and Latin America are invited to upload 2 original songs and a photo to An expert panel of top music execs and insiders will pick the top 5 semi-finalists to move one step closer to making their dreams come true.

Phase II: View & Vote

Kicking off September 19 through September 30, 2016, fans and music lovers have the power to vote their favorite two finalists to the next round. Share this exciting news and encourage all of your friends, family and fans to vote for you!

Phase III: Sing & Showcase

The two lucky finalists will be announced in October and each will receive a private mentoring session with Daughtry. Then, they will get a taste of the spotlight by performing an intimate showcase at an Aloft Hotel in North America for a panel of judges, including music industry executives David Nathan (SVP Promotion and Artist Development at Big Machine Label Group) and Billy Mann (CEO, Green & Bloom/Topline/Grammy-nominated Songwriter/Producer). Immediately following the announcement, the 2016 Project: Aloft Star winner will take the stage with Daughtry!

Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson, last year's Project: Aloft Star Mentor


If a private mentoring session and live performance with Daughtry weren’t prize enough, there’s even more great perks to being the 7th Project: Aloft Star champion. The grand prize winner will also receive a recording session with a top music executive, a meeting with a publicist to develop their artist story and get media tips, and an exclusive spot to jet set across the country on the Live At Aloft Hotels 2017 Tour!

Project Aloft Star Winner Nate Bostford (2)

Nate Bostford, last year's Project: Aloft Star winner

If you’re ready to break into the music industry, fine-tune your best 2 original songs and upload them along with your photo to Enter by September 5, 2016 to get a chance to perform with American rocker Daughtry, meet top music execs, play on the Live At Aloft Hotels 2017 Tour and step into the spotlight as the next Project: Aloft Star! 


*The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), the United States (including the District of Columbia), Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia and Puerto Rico. Amplified by a collaboration with MTV, the competition also kicks off its third installment today in Asia Pacific, identifying and supporting the hottest emerging music acts throughout nine markets including China, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Over the past two years, the competition in Asia Pacific has drawn a cumulative submission of close to 900 entries and over half a million public votes. Later this summer, Project: Aloft Star will launch in Europe.

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