Omer native artist cracks top 20 in online competition


CHESANING — Bob Hughes, 39, recently recorded his first album under the Grayling-based label Dharma Records and is looking to make a name for himself in the music scene by competing in a MySpace battle of the bands, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton. The winner of the contest will have a chance to perform at Summerfest in Milwaukee – an 11-day concert featuring over 700 different bands.

According to Hughes, Dharma Records personnel presented the online competition to him thinking it would be a good opportunity to broadcast his talent.

Over 500 bands have entered the battle and currently, Hughes ranks nineteenth place with his entry “Truth of the Matter.”

“It (battle of the bands) ends on May 3,” Hughes said. “The top ten then go into the second round, and as I understand it, they (Briggs) ask you to upload a catalog of your music.

“I’m in the process of recording a video on YouTube(.com) for the contest.”

Hughes, who considers himself a stay-at-home father (of two girls), says he’s surprised how quickly he’s climbed the competition chart so far, but says he realizes the challenge still ahead of him.

“The next level, going beyond what I already have, is going to be tough,” he said.

According to Hughes, his debut CD, “Some Stories,” is a 10-song compilation of country and adult contemporary tunes.

“It’s (CD) sort of a middle of the road between the two,” Hughes said. “I grew up with older country and classic rock and roll, so that’s what drove my passion for music.”

Hughes says he moved from the Omer area, where he lived all his life, last year to Chesaning where he opened a recording studio in nearby Owosso. However, he says he still performs regularly at different venues around Standish, Alpena, East Tawas and other places in Northeast Michigan.

An artist profile of Hughes will be featured in the April 22 issue of the Arenac County Independent in the Entertainment section.

To hear samples of Hughes’ CD “Some Stories” visit his Web site,, or search for “Bob Hughes” on iTunes.

To vote for Hughes in the “Briggs Battle of the Bands” competition visit


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