New York record producer-songwriter Larry Dvoskin has announced his nationwide search for an openly gay male country music star. Interested candidates between the ages of 18 and 26 can arrange an audition by calling (615) 361-6714 or E-mailing [email protected] The winner will be flown to New York, where Dvoskin plans to choose songs, record, and release an album with the artist. Dvoskin has penned songs for such pop and rock acts as Sammy Hagar, Meredith Brooks, Cheap Trick, and the Beach Boys; over the last three years, his songs have sold 10 million copies and have earned him four number 1 hits and three Grammy nominations.
"Instead of the firestorm I expected, the reaction has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic," said Dvoskin in a release. "This has propelled me forward at a very fast pace." He adds, "The singer's got to be the real deal. He needs an extraordinary voice and musical ability. There will be substantial scrutiny." The mogul also notes that "if I had to sum up what America is about in a word, it would be freedom. Breaking down cultural barriers is the essence of liberty--being free to do what you love and to be who you are. It's time for a great leap of progress in country music. This will push the culture forward."