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Florida Teen Wins The Quaker Chewy Superstar Search Contest And Works With Nick Jonas

December 07, 2011 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars recently teamed up with recording artist Nick Jonas to launch the Superstar Search, a new singing competition for kids and teenagers. One lucky Florida teen has been chosen as the winner, receiving a $5,000 cash prize, the chance to record a song produced by Nick Jonas, an online music video and a contract with Jonas Group Management! I spoke with the winner, Gabrielle Giguere and Nick Jonas in Manhattan where they dished about making the video, what’s next for the teen and Jonas’ upcoming starring role in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on Broadway.

How did you find out about the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search?
Gabrielle Giguere: I found out through my mom actually–she picked me up from school one day, told me that she saw a commercial about entering a singing contest that had Nick Jonas. We went home, I looked at the website and said immediately this is something I would love to do. Singing has always been my passion and what a better way to get myself out there.

What was it like to be a part of the producing process?
Nick Jonas: It was a great experience for me. I’m blessed to have had experience in this business so far and hopefully be able to give some guidance and direction and sort of do what I can to find this artist that we would all believe in and hopefully make the next big superstar of the world. When it came down to it we narrowed it down to about 30 videos to watch then I narrowed it down to our five finalists and then America made Gabrielle the winner. Since then it has been a great experience recording a song and having her do the video and all of the different elements of this contest that have rolled out. I’ve been really pleased and excited to see what’s next for her.

How excited were you when it was announced that you won the competition and would be working with Nick Jonas?
GG: I was very excited! Nick has always been a great inspiration as well as the Jonas Brothers and how they became so famous at a young age and how well they were going through the whole process it’s a great inspiration to me.

So many teens dream to record and shoot a music video and you actually got the opportunity to do it with guidance from Nick Jonas; what was that experience like for you?
GG: It was amazing to shoot that music video! It took all day recording and then finally when it got down to doing the music video it was just a whole bunch of fun–it was a great experience.


Do you think the Jonas Brothers will ever collaborate again in the future?
NJ: Absolutely. I think this past year and a half now has been focused on our own individual projects and what we’re doing in that sense. Joe’s doing a solo record, I’ve been doing theatre and some television work and other things and will be going back to theatre here in New York in January (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and Kevin is enjoying time with his wife in New Jersey which is important as well but at some point in time I think we’ll definitely come back and continue to write and record together and we just want that timing to be right.

How long will you be appearing on Broadway in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying?
NJ: I will be taking over for Darren Criss who comes in for about three weeks in January just after Daniel Radcliff. Daniel’s in it right now and he’s doing a great job. I saw the show just before I made the decision to be a part of it myself. I loved his performance and I think Darren will be great as well and I’ll come in, be in it for about six months so I’m hoping Jonas fans will come out and see it and people that aren’t as familiar with the work I’ve done to come out and make this their first experience. It’s going to be an amazing time and to return to Broadway after being away from Broadway for eight years now will be great.

After winning the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search, what’s next for you in your career ?
GG: Well, I’ve always been singing since I was little, so it would have to be professionally singing–it’s my dream and I love doing it.

What advice would you give to other young artists?
NJ: The advice that I would give is to enjoy the ride. For my brothers and I it wasn’t right away that it came, we were signed at Columbia records first and made a record there and then we were dropped from that label and went to our home in Hollywood and that’s when things really started to pick up and that all happened in three years time so sometimes it takes a second for things to figure themselves out and as long as you stay true to what you love and what you love doing I think you’ll end up in good shape.

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Photo Credit: Gabrielle Giguere-Quaker Chewy Superstar Search; Nick Jonas-Joseph Puhy

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