This week Sharpie Canada launched its second annual Remix Project where it challenges Canadian fans to start something with Sharpie for a chance to win a trip to see any band anywhere in the world! This year our favorite Northern neighbors have from April 22nd to September 15th to submit their Sharpie creations through partnerships with MUCH MUSIC in English-speaking Canada www.muchmusic.com/sharpieremix and MUSIQUE PLUS for French-speaking Canada www.musiqueplus.com/sharpieremix.
The Remix project is so huge that it will be split up into THREE phases with THREE different themes! Kicking it off will (of course) be “Music” and we can’t wait to see what our fans create inspired by all the different music that people love! The Sharpie Canada team will be announcing the other two themes throughout the summer so keep your eyes peeled!
AND just to keep it interesting, each phase will have a randomly chosen cash prize of $2,500 for anyone that submits a Remix (WHAT?! Can you say CASH money, money?!?!). Oh, we don’t stop there, in addition each creation submitted will be entered for a chance to take home the whole enchilada, the kit-and-caboodle, the GRAND PRIZE EXTRAVAGANZA: A chance to see ANY band, ANYWHERE, which will be announced after the contest wraps in September.
Just in case you weren’t hanging on my every word last year, let me offer a little background on the Sharpie Remix: Sharpie Canada and Much Music launched the Remix Project last year on April 15th and for six short weeks had hundreds of Canadians show off their talents and creativity with a Sharpie products. They remixed everything from toilet bowls (yep. even the ‘ole porcelain throne wasn’t safe) to filing cabinets and reallllly stretched their Sharpie muscles. When it came time to pick a winner, the team had a tough job selecting the ULTIMATE Sharpie Remix but eventually no one could deny Amanda Gobin from Toronto who remixed her. entire. room. The room remix included it all; the bedding, walls, clothes, shoes, no space was left blank. As we understand it, she was not grounded. Major props to Mom and Dad Gobin, wouldn’t ya say?
NOW, Amanda had the hardest decision yet- she could choose ANY show, ANYwhere. ANYWHERE! Can you IMAGINE ( well, if you’re this year’s winner… YOU will!) Amanda ultimately decided on jetting down to see our favorite Aussie country singer Keith Urban in his old stomping grounds of Australia. UNFORTUNATELY this time the show couldn’t go on and due to unforeseen circumstances had to be cancelled BUT we take care of our winners! That lucky girl got the chance to stay and frolick outback style in Australia and then when she got back home was given tickets to a whole slew of shows that were taking place in her very own hometown, Toronto.
Where will our new 2013 Remix winner choose to go? It’s up to YOU! Check out the Remix project pages to view, vote or create yourself! Annnnnd remember, this one is only open to our Canadian fans… those guys get have all the fun(for now…) .
Brittany Lane is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter who calls Nashville home and is a self-proclaimed Sharpie fanatic! This 22-year-old blonde bombshell has been working on leaving her mark on the country music capital and uses Sharpie to help her do just that, including writing a song inspired by her favorite marker!
Get to know Brittany Lane and be sure to check out the song that started it all!
Tell me about yourself!
I was born in a small town in upstate NY, but spent most of my life in Canada.
‘Lane’ is my middle name.
Oreo cookies are my weakness.
I’m addicted to Starbucks.
Rain and I don’t get along.
Fall is my favorite season.
I love to laugh.
I love to travel.
I thought as a kid that if music didn’t work out I would become a spy.
111 is my lucky number.
I wish I could dance.
My biggest fear is of the smallest things: SPIDERS and anything creepy-crawly.
Biggest pet peeve: When you are in the middle of a conversation with someone and they have there phone out texting!
I learned to play guitar from a $6 Wal-Mart poster.
Want to know more…
Brittany Lane is the name, and music is not just what I do, it’s who I am. I’m 22 years old and currently chasing the dream in Nashville, TN. I’ve been singing and writing music since I could talk. I remember always being so sure that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I don’t know if anyone ever thought it would stick, but here we are.
Never thought in a million years I would end up in Nashville, the Country music capital, while I was chasing a career in pop music. There was something about it that just felt like home. Now, here we are two years later; I’m still here and loving every minute.
I moved here not really sure what to expect, but the more I wrote, the more shows I played, and the more people I met, things started to move. In fall 2010, two people close to me decided to back my vision and invested in the recording of my first EP ever to be released. The project was titled “Leave Your Mark” after a Sharpie inspired song I co-wrote with my producers Nathan Walter and Blake Easter.
For the first time I found MY sound in music. Everything about that record screams Brittany Lane. It’s fun, energetic, honest and relatable.
What inspires you to uncap what’s inside?
People. People are what it’s all about! The thought that I can use my biggest passion in life to “leave my mark” on someone’s life is what inspires me to uncap what’s inside. I want to impact people and music has been a great outlet for that. When I write a song, it’s taken straight out of my life – it’s my way of getting vulnerable and letting people in to my experiences.
How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?
Where don’t I?!
I would be so lost with out my Sharpie, haha.
I use Sharpie markers for everything! Whether it’s color-coding my dayplanner, writing my lyrics and set lists out for shows, signing autographs, doodling during a writer’s session etc. I never leave home without at least one!
How did Sharpie inspire your song “Leave Your Mark”?
Sharpie is known world-wide not only for their product, but for the practical ways they serve people and what they can inspire people to start. One of the things that stood out to me most was how they impact people’s lives tangibly. I think Sharpie understands that it’s in the simplest ways that you leave the biggest mark. I want my life to be like that.
Favorite Sharpie? Why?
I would have to say the retractable fine point Sharpie because it’s the one I use to do my most favorite thing: sign autographs for my fans. It not only writes the best on CD’s and posters, it doesn’t smudge, and because it’s a push pen, it allows me to focus on my time with them instead of trying to keep track of the lid!
How would you describe your style?
Fun, energetic, positive, relatable! I always describe it as “road trip music,” the kind of music that you put in at the start of a roadtrip, windows down, singing at the top of your lungs. I love writing anything that will put a smile on your face.
How did you get started?
My mom says I was singing before I could talk and made up songs all the time. I do remember that we had this blue rocking chair I used to sit in all the time with my Sharpie and a sheet of blank paper and write out songs about anything and everything.
You have recently moved from Canada to Nashville, has the change in scenery (or all that southern charm) affected your music or writing?
I think the move made me realize how lucky I am that I get to live my dream out. I would say it hasn’t affected my music or writing as much as the people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve built here have. Nashville helped me find who I wanted to be as an artist and living in a city full of incredible talent constantly inspires me to be the best I can be.
How do you decide what to tackle next/what are you working on?
Currently I am co-writing with other artists to sharpen my writing skills, performing three or four times a week, working on connecting and building relationships with my fans, and utilizing all of my social media to give easy access to my music for my fans.
Music is something that is always changing and evolving so I try and pay attention to what my fans want. They kind of dictate what I’m going to tackle next.
Do you have a soft spot for one of your songs?
All my songs are taken directly from my life and the people closest to me, but I would have to say “Kiss You in the Rain (Kyle’s Song)” off the “Leave Your Mark” record is the one I have a soft spot for. It’s super personal and tells the story exactly how it happened.
If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
To fly, hands down. I couldn’t tell you why other than it would just be awesome! I think it’s because I grew up watching Superman and SO badly wanted to be Lois Lane. I think the fairytale side of me hoped that her love for Superman would give her the superpower to fly someday.
If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, I would say my biological father. I think every girl grows up with a desire deep down to be the apple of her daddy’s eye, his little princess. Although I was so blessed with a loving mom and step dad, there has always been that question deep down, why did he leave? More than that though I think what I really want is the chance to tell him: I forgive you.
Check out more of Brittany’s songs and catch up with her on her social sites!
The lucky winner of this AH-mazing contest, will see their design on Fuse and online for a full week and will receive a Fuse branded prize pack.
Music lovers can visit the website between July 25th and August 16th to enter the contest. Beginning August 20th, fans will then be invited to visit the site and weigh in on their favorite design. The winning logo will replace the official Fuse logo on air and on the Fuse website, Fuse.tv, during the week of September 17th.