As Lick Library finds another Guitar Idol Competition winner of 2009, with the lucky winner personally picked by guitar legend Steve Vai.
Online PR News – 06-July-2009 – – The Steve Vai Guitar Idol Award, announced by Licklibrary.com and selected by Steve Vai himself, was awarded to Italian guitarist Daniel Gottardo. The Guitar Idol Award is the world's biggest online talent search, whereby users are given the opportunity to take part in the competition by viewing the videos live and then voting for their favourite performer. Competitors from around the world are able to enter, however only 12 finalists are picked to compete in the finals, where one lucky winner takes home the coveted award.
Licklibrary.com have been in business providing online Guitar Videos and acoustic Guitar Lessons, as well stocking a range of guitar DVD's and downloadable backing tracks, since the early nineties where both founding members Stuart Bull and Kim Waller had created their original business called Total Accuracy. The company was rebranded as Lick Library in 1998 once the pair had decided to build upon and establish a strong identity on the web. Since then the website has become the world's leading online resource for guitarists, as they continue to see the brand go from strength to strength
The Guitar Idol Awards was organized by 'All Out Guitar' and Lick Library, with the public and professional judges selecting the best guitarist from around the globe. 12 finalists from various countries including Brazil, Ecuador, Bosnia, Thailand, Italy, Chile, Hungary and Guatemala were picked to compete in the competition and invited to perform in front of a crowd of enthusiastic musicians at the London International Music Show, as well as performing in front of thousands via a live webcast. Each contender was judged by professional musicians and by the legendary guitarist Steve Vai.
After watching the live footage it was clear to Vai that Daniel was the winner, adding that he was simply 'blown away' by his performance of the track 'Cardiology'. The prize, an Ibanez Jem signed by Vai, was presented to him along with the special Steve Vai Award'.