EXCLUSIVE: Clint Black Announces Finalists Dream Recording Session Contest

This morning, County Music Legend Clint Black announced the finalists for his “Dream Recording Session Contest” launched in May via Chideo—the cause network dedicated to using celebrity-based experiences and exclusive content to raise awareness and funds for charity.  The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest received an overwhelming number of submission videos from aspiring singer-songwriters across the nation, each donating $20 in support of RettSyndrome.org, whose mission is to accelerate research to cure Rett Syndrome and empower families with knowledge and connectivity.

“We are thrilled to announce these talented finalists and to work with Chideo to continue our commitment to raising money and awareness for Rett Syndrome,” said Clint Black. “We are excited to invite every fan to join this process and choose which of these four will come to my studio to record.  Most importantly, as we celebrate these talented musicians, we can all lend our voices to this important cause.”

These finalists will now compete for America’s vote in the hopes of winning a chance to record an original song with Clint, all while raising money for charity.

The four finalists are…

Blake Esse from Culpeper, Virginia (click here to say Congrats to Blake)
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Jefferson Clay from San Antonio, Texas (click here to say Congrats to Jefferson)
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Julie McCloud from Grand Junction, Iowa (click here to say Congrats to Julie)
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Sasha Aaron from Nashville, Tennessee (click here to say Congrats to Sasha)
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Congratulations to all of the finalists, you can see a quick clip of all of them below and  their demos are available on Chideo.com/clint and your votes will determine the winner. Voting opens today, so go again go to Chideo.com/Clint to vote for your favorite artist. You can vote once per day and voting is free. After you vote you can also make donation to RettSyndrome.org to be entered for an all-expense paid trip to Nashville to meet Clint Black and enjoy some behind the scenes surprises!

VOTE NOW —-> Chideo.com/Clint


Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s biggest stars.  He’s won countless Grammy, American Music, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards. His debut album Killin’ Time produced five straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart and quickly became one of the most successful Country albums of the time. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Black consistently charted hit songs and to date has had 14 number one singles.  His nine studio albums have sold in excess of twenty million copies worldwide. Black has also found success as an actor with leading roles in Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack and Flicka: Country Pride.  He’s also made cameo appearances in Maverick and several television shows.


Rettsyndrome.org is accelerating research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome. As the world’s leading private funder of Rett research, we have funded more than $35 million in peer-reviewed research grants and programs to date. We are a 501(c) 3 organization, earning Charity Navigator’s most prestigious 4-star rating. We empower families to make a difference. Visit www.rettsyndrome.org to learn more, or call (800) 818-7388 (RETT).

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