Shane Martin Wins PDS Entertainment’s Hottest New Artist

PDS Entertainment, LLC has announced that Shane Martin is the winner of its Hottest New Artist (R) Winner for 2011. The country music artist swept the contest with his winning song, “Somewhere Real.”
Shane Martin, Singer/Songwriter/Musician
Shane Martin, Singer/Songwriter/Musician
March 3, 2011 - PRLog -- A talented singer and songwriter, Martin triumphed over 100 entrants in the competition to take the top title. His ability to compose music and lyrics that speak directly to the listener struck a chord with judges and live audiences. He utilizes real life events, emotions and personal experiences when creating his compositions and turns them into skillful commentaries to which listeners can relate.

As the winner of the competition, Martin receives a cash prize of $300, a certificate recognizing his accomplishment, and a record and publishing contract for an immediate, fully produced CD single. The single will be promoted worldwide. It will be marketed and distributed to radio stations, with the artist receiving royalties for his work. Martin will also be considered for a full album release.

The competition is sponsored by PDS Entertainment, LLC, a media and entertainment company headed by founder and president, Paul D. Spencer. The firm encompasses a national radio show song competition that showcases new artists. The contest seeks to discover talented individuals in a variety of genres, with the potential to go far in their chosen musical field.

Entries by those entered in the Hottest New Artist (HNA) competition are played alongside today’s top commercial artists on the Hottest New Artist Radio Show. After the song has aired, it undergoes further evaluations and critiques from listeners and a panel of HNA judges comprised of top music industry professionals.

Entrants in the 2011 HNA contest contended with stricter rules than in past competitions, implemented by PDS Entertainment’s founder. Those who entered the contest were evaluated by DJs, guest DJs, professional musicians and radio station owners. Entrants were evaluated on a wide variety of criteria, including production, lyrics, music and vocals. Martin succeeded on all levels, along with his ability to complete and return time sensitive documents as part of the grading process, an important attribute for anyone seeking a professional career in the music business.

Martin grew up in Albertsville, MN, a small town about 30 miles from Minneapolis, where he’s been playing local gigs for over 14 years, performing at over 150 venues each year. He’s often been called a one-man band due to the wide range of instruments he plays. Martin plays the guitar, piano, harmonica, tambourine and other percussion instruments. One of his songs, “She Could Cry in Heaven,” was featured on the daytime TV program, “The Young and the Restless.” Martin has his own website at, where visitors can view his “Somewhere Real” video.
The Hottest New Artist competition, sponsored by PDS Entertainment, is an ideal venue for new and emerging artists to display their talents and receive recognition that can skyrocket them to stardom. PDS Entertainment evaluates contestants based on the highest standards of the music industry. The contest seeks to discover new talent and good music, and those who are deemed winners in the competition have demonstrated a superior caliber of ability and talent.

Based in Petersburg, VA, PDS Entertainment can be reached by phone at 800-886-9076, by fax at 804-861-3187, or via email at For more information, visit the website at

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PDS Entertainment LLC., an integrated media and entertainment company, engages in the music entertainment business. The company helps emerging artists through its radio show, song competition, live events, publishing and release of Digital Media products.

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