Sonic Spotlight is a music competition for Front Range musicians under 22 years old. Now in its third year, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is helping musicians connect in our space and with industry leaders.
The Run Down
In our first phase of the competition, Sonic Spotlight judges chose eight semifinalists to compete in the Sonic Round. From now until November, Sonic Round members will work to craft songs that will be airing live on Thursday, November 3 on 105.5 The Colorado Sound and KCSU, found on 90.5. From there, the competition will be narrowed to three finalists who will perform at Washington’s in Fort Collins, live and amped up with new music during the Spotlight round of the competition.
After the show, a winner will be chosen for this year’s Sonic Spotlight.
Sonic Spotlight supports fresh sounds from any genre; selected artists and bands will get a chance to work with industry experts, connect with creative peers, receive radio airplay, create a professional music video, play festivals, win prizes, perform live, and level up their music.
This year’s semifinalists
AUTUMNAL | FORT COLLINS
Autumnal is an indie-folk band from Fort Collins comprised of two long time best friends. Their music is reminiscent of indie singer-songwriters such as Daisy the Great, Samia, and Indigo De Souza. Find their music on Youtube and their website.
CLEMENTINE | FORT COLLINS
This quintet freshly squeezed out of Fort Collins, Colorado consists of bright guitar riffs juxtaposed with heavy hitting drums and lyrics. The music released by clementine is only a taste of what they are capable of, as clementine continues to push its limits for what is possible musically. Their music is on Spotify and Soundcloud.
FIONA SOFIA | FORT COLLINS
Fiona Sofia is a singer/songwriter/producer based in Colorado. She writes from the soul and aims to embody every aspect of life through music- the highs, the lows, the confidence, the lessons, the love, the everything. Listen to her music on Spotify and YouTube.
HOSPITAL SOCKS | FORT COLLINS
All growing up in the Fort Collins area, their first EP shows only a small portion of what the band is capable of both sonically and emotionally. Already hard at work for their next project, hospital socks are here to stay and are craving to make a mark. Hear them on Spotify.
HYGEIA | FORT COLLINS
HYGEIA is a four piece progressive hard-rock band based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Taking inspiration from modern metal bands like Jinjer, Periphery, and Bring Me the Horizon, HYGEIA breaks boundaries in the music scene. Listen to them on their website and Spotify pages.
JONAH AUSBUN | GREELEY
Northern Colorado-based Jonah Ausbun has developed a nostalgic pop sound for people wanting to live a little. Grab your friends, hop in the car, and play the soundtrack to experience being human right now. Here they are on Bandcamp and Spotify.
SAUCE K. | GREELEY
Sauce K is a Hip Hop artist from Greeley. It wasn’t until after a year of my graduation that Sauce K. became a Rap/Hip Hop Artist. Sauce K. was the Sonic Spotlight 2021 Listener’s Choice winner! Experience the Sauce K. on his website and Spotify
TY_MAKES_MUSIC | FIRESTONE
Ty_Makes_Music combines colorful and complex sound design that holds the audience’s hand through experiences and to help listeners grow. Listen to Ty_Makes_Music on Youtube and Spotify.