We asked El Pasoans to share their musical talents with us for our exclusive EP Originals contest in early September. Of course, El Paso musicians blew us away with their entries and made it incredibly tough to narrow it down to five finalists.

Our panel of celebrity judges have selected the five finalists for our fan phase of this contest. Your votes add bonus points to each of the judge' total scores and could make the difference as to who wins the grand prize.


The amazing grand prize includes 24-hours of studio time at STAR CITY STUDIO, a MUSIC VIDEO produced by Axess Multimedia, AND an equipment upgrade courtesy of Hero Music.

Here are your finalists in alphabetical order.

A. Billi Free “All Right With Me”

“I am a singer-songwriter, emcee, DJ, producer and a performer in the Southwest region with a bit of international and national performing and music-making experience.  My styles varies, especially on collaborative projects, but I enjoy creating in the Hip Hop, Electronic and Soul genres.  I picked these particular music samples as an illustration of the range of music I like to write and perform.  Alright With Me is a fun, upbeat tune where folks can feel comfortable in getting loose.  Nothing But A Lot displays some of my rap/singing style and is a nod to a creator's ability to "be in their head" so to speak.  This space is oftentimes where get our ideas.”

Texas Hart “One More Dance”

“My name is Texas Hart. I am a musician living in El Paso, and I am currently working on my debut album, titled ‘Story of One.’ My inspiration for this music comes from the people I am lucky enough to meet along the way.”

Brandon Baily Johnson “Don’t Know How To Say No”

“My name is Brandon Bailey Johnson and I’ve been making music in the Sun City since the age of 7. The border region and my culturally-diverse background provided me with positive interactions throughout my life- and my music speaks to those influences of love, acceptance, loss and forgiveness. I’m grateful for the experiences growing up in El Paso has provided and I’m able to reflect that in and thru my music. I enjoy producing and composing for a wide range of genres as well as performing with the symphony, my family trio and as a solo artist. My goal is to collaborate as a producer, musician and artist with others - and have fun!”

Canz and Windows “22”

“We are Canz and Windows, 2 brothers born and raised in El Paso, Texas. We have been playing music for many years now. I, Jason Mendoza, am the song writer and lead guitar player and my brother Johnny Mendoza, is the producer, rhythm guitar and singer. We have moved along to different places to pursue our music career, but have always found our way back home. My songs come from my journeys and experiences along the way.”

Jerry Vlack “Lights”

“My stage name is Jerry Vlack, and this song is inspired by the sounds of Radiohead’s Creep. It also holds a special place in my heart because it’s about High School ending and going separate ways apart from friends, a simple topic that personally gained more meaning as the year progressed because school ended earlier with quarantine and we didn’t even get proper graduation or a chance to say goodbye. The video was shot in what we didn’t know was our last week of school.”

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Special thanks to Chihuahua Cerveza the Original Mexican American Lager, Oasis Hot Tubs, Star City Studio, Axess Multimedia, and Hero Music.

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