Press Release

November 13, 2012

The Results Are In

COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 13, 2012) — The votes are in, and GROOVE U is pleased to
announce the winners of its first ever 1 Take Wonder talent contest. GROOVE U’s mobile
recording studio captured and uploaded nearly 300 contestant’s “one take” at music
festivals, art shows and other events around the Midwest. Nearly 35,000 YouTube views
later, the fans have spoken.

Congratulations to the following winners in each category:


Joey Hendrickson
Hilliard, Ohio
“I'm Over You”original song by Joey Hendrickson


Brandon Jacomet
Van Wert, Ohio
“Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show


Ben Wilson
Newark, Ohio
“Nobody Said It Was Easy” by Coldplay

“It seems like every year a new reality TV talent competition pops up that is overproduced
and autotuned. Who hasn’t watched one of those shows and thought, “I can do
better than that?” asked Dwight Heckelman, Director of GROOVE U’s revolutionary music
career program. “We found a way to showcase authentic local artists who are just as
good, if not better, than those we see on TV.”

Many of the competing acts showcased amazing talent, but one in particular stood out.
Joey Hendrickson won the Professional category by a landslide. To date, his video has
more than 22,000 views.

“As a songwriter, you need to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities like this,” said
Joey Hendrickson. He is the founder of the Columbus Songwriters Association, and is
studying marketing at The Ohio State University. Between the ages of 17 and 19,
Hendrickson performed more than 400 shows in and around Columbus then spent time
playing the Nashville circuit. He recorded a live CD while performing in the subways of
Chicago which helped raise funds for the OSU Star House.

Contest winners received gift certificates to Sweetwater and iTunes gift cards. Detailed
contest rules and judging criteria can be found on the GROOVE U website.
What’s next for 1 Take Wonder? GROOVE U wants to bring its mobile recording studio to
a high school near you in 2013. Is your high school loaded with talented artists? Visit the
GROOVE U Facebook page at, and tell us why we
should visit your high school. We will select several schools across Ohio for the 1 Take
Wonder High School Tour.


GROOVE U is a revolutionary two-year music business career program located in
Columbus, Ohio. Led by 20-year music industry veteran Dwight Heckelman, GROOVE U
focuses on a career-centered approach to learning developed by active industry
professionals. The guiding philosophy of the program is that the music industry is
creatively engaged, apprenticeship-based and relationship-driven. The full-time program
offers small, personalized classes with both a broad, solid foundation and specialized
areas of study in: live music, production, business, video and interactive. The school
officially opened its brand new 30,000-square foot campus in September, with rolling
admissions continuing throughout the fall.