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What do you get when you mix Coffee, Water and Music? The NYC Coffee Music Project competition!

The NYC Coffee Music Project final was a night to remember and a cause for humanity

11 Artists enter, 1 Artist leaves. Who won?

When you think about a talent show, you may think of the Voice, American Idol, or even your local Open Mic. The Coffee Music Project, partnering with Project Waterfall, took place at Rockwood Music Hall. It represented not only eleven of the most talented singer-songwriters, but the kindness humanity has to offer. All of the proceeds from the festival went to Project Waterfall to bring countries clean water where there is none.

As Editor of Popdust, I was asked to be a judge for the competition. I felt honored to be invited and told them I would love to participate. It is interesting to watch you people developing. I realized that I had experienced much of what they are all striving for... success doing that which you love. Music!

We all do music for different reasons, which is easier to recognize in other people besides yourself. Everyone had worked hard to get to where they were in their musical journey. Everyone that reached the finals had earned the privilege to compete with other artist on the same level. It is a good gauge to see where you stand in the larger scheme of things.

As all of these thoughts rolled around my head, I smiled and thought... These musicians have already won, regardless of who wins the prize. It is an affirmation that they are doing something right. I judged all but one of the nights for semi-finals and the finals. This business can be unkind, but that is what separates the artist that succeeds and the artist that makes music their hobby, more than a career.

Persistence and drive are essential qualities to approach the starting line, just to compete on a professional level. So all of these contestants deserve credit for the craft and their continued work ethic. I respect the grind and unwillingness to give up. I got some footage from the contest so all can see this was not an easy decision. Please check all of these artists out, you will not be disappointed. Meet the pop-stars of tomorrow.

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