Brandon Sollins (Jonnie Morgan Band) is a talented self-taught guitar player based in Orlando. Sollins has entered a Guitar Center contest to try and win a trip to Los Angeles to attend a private master class with Synyster Gates (lead guitarist in Avenged Sevenfold) among other prizes.
This competition has the entrants play guitar over a naked Avenged Sevenfold backing track. Aside from the master class with Synyster Gates, the other prizes include a Schecter Synyster Gates special electric guitar, an Ernie Ball accessory prize pack, a tour of the Schecter factory and more. There will be 10 winners. Performances will be judged by overall performance, authenticity, originality, technique, and style.
The guitarists are helped along the contest by views and shares of their channel on the contest web site. Sollins’ channel is here. Shares count towards getting each player noticed in the contest. Sollins’ video has him playing to Avenged Sevenfold’s “Critical Acclaim.” “I picked ‘Critical Acclaim’ because it allowed me to play it as a three piece (drums, bass, and one guitar track) and add my own spin comfortably while still sounding good,” said Sollins.
Sollins was recently named a grand finalist in the Guitar Center’s Blues Masters 2013 contest and had the privilege of playing alongside guitarist Joe Bonamassa. “Jamming with Joe was an amazing opportunity,” said Sollins. “He surprised every contestant the day of the show by telling us he was going to be playing rhythm guitar while we all did our thing.”
Sollins’ notoriety is not only good for his career, but the whole Orlando music community. His doing well in contests like this and the Guitar Center’s Blues Masters 2013 go a long way towards demonstrating the tremendous level of talent in Orlando to an international audience. As for this latest contest and a chance to learn in a master class with Synyster Gates, Sollins said “I hope to gain some insight into the business of being a professional musician. Mr. Gates is in one of the most successful metal bands today, so he must be doing something right!”
Head over to Brandon Sollins’ channel on the Guitar Center contest web site, watch his performance video and then share it to help boost his standings in the contest. Music fans can also see Sollins perform live with the Jonnie Morgan Band this Friday at Firestone Live in downtown Orlando. FREE tickets are available from the band or it will be $10 at the door.