JRB 2012 Karaoke Contest
Participate in a 'Thank You' video for Jason
During June 2012, Jason Robert Brown invited singers to perform one of 22 songs in his "2012 JRB Karaoke Competition."
An overwhelming 700 people participated.
Keith Allen, a rising junior in the musical theatre program at the University of Michigan (and resident of Ireland),
suggested that participants compile a "thank you" video for Jason. Enough people seemed interested that we're going to go forward with his idea.
We will create a compilation video of contest participants singing parts of
Jason's "The New World" from his show Songs for a New World. We'll then post it on YouTube (and theBestArts) as a thank you to Jason.
Please feel free to send us suggestions on how to improve the project and resulting video. Submissions are already coming in - thank you!
How to Participate
Contestants can participate in the "thank you" video in any one (or more) of three ways. Be sure to read the instructions in the following sections:
- Submit a headshot. Headshots will be compiled into several group photos that will be included in the video.
- Videotape or record an audio of yourself saying a two to four word message to Jason - or write a message of the same length
- Videotape yourself singing a couple of lines (or more) from the song
We will try to include a portion of every video sent in. Because there were SO many contestants, however, we may not be able to do so.
We will definitely use every headshot provided, so please try to submit one.
Here's how to participate in the thank you video using one, two or all three of the available options. Deadline for submissions is end of day on Sunday,
July 8, 2012. We'll start editing early Monday morning, so be sure we have your submission by then.
Option 1: Headshot
We will include every submitted headshot in the video. Ideally, submit it in 72px resolution, with dimensions of 120x120 - but don't worry about that.
We will crop whatever you send into a square, so try to provide a photo that allows us to do that without eliminating your chin.
Color is preferred, but black and white is fine. If you don't know how to resize your headshot, send it anyway. We'll edit as many as time allows.
Email your headshot to
Option 2: Message to Jason
Videotape or record an audio of yourself saying a two to four word message to Jason,
such as "Jason, you're the best" or "Thank you!" or "This was so fun" - or anything else you want.
Please keep it very short. Or you can provide a brief text message that we'll include with your name in the video.
Email your message to
We will attempt to incorporate every
message submitted, but can't guarantee it. To ensure you're included somewhere in the video, also submit a headshot.
Option 3: Singing Video
Keith Allen has
posted a karaoke track
of "The New World". We invite contest participants to submit a YouTube video excerpt of yourself singing a couple of lines from the song.
To submit a video of yourself singing a portion of the song:
- Using headphones (so that the karaoke track music is not included in your output), please record a video of yourself singing
two to four lines of the song (or as many more as you care to perform). (See table of lines below)
- Upload the result to YouTube as either a "public" or "unlisted" video. In the video description, state the line numbers that you're singing.
- Email the YouTube video link to
We will attempt to incorporate a portion of every
video submitted, but can't guarantee it. To ensure you're included somewhere in the video, also submit a headshot.
Xtra detailed singing instructions
First, listen to one of the sample videos below to get a feel for the song. You may want to purchase official sheet music or a recording of the song
(see links below; these are legit and affordable links that generate revenue for Jason.) You can also listen to the complete song on legit sites like Spotify.
Second, think about what line you want to sing in the video. Record an extra line or two before and after the line you most want to have featured.
This will allow us extra room to cut your line in and out cleanly for use in the video.
Depending on how many responses we get, we may have to carve out portions of lines for people based on their submissions.
The easiest way to contribute is to post a video of one of the early lines. The later sections include some fairly complicated overlapping areas; we'll be REAL picky
about submissions for those. The final section is full harmony - let us know in advance if you're interested in that section.
The parts listed below are for general guidance only. You can also pair up with your spouse/partner/friends who entered the contest.
We'll consider any submissions that we can work in with other singers, before or after.
| Part || Line || Start/End || Lyric |
| Woman || 1 || 00:15-00:23 || A new world calls across the ocean |
| Woman || 2 || 00:24-00:34 || A new world calls across the sky |
| Woman || 3 || 00:35-00:44 || A new world whispers in the shadows |
| Woman belt || 4 || 00:45-00:56 || Time to fly, time to Fly! |
| Man || 5 || 01:07-01:13 || It's about one moment |
| Man || || || The moment before it all becomes clear |
| Man || 6 || 01:14-01:20 || And in that one moment |
| Man || || || You start to believe there's nothing to fear |
| Man || 7 || 01:20-01:26 || It's about one second |
| Man || || || And just when you're on the verge of success |
| Man || 8 || 01:27-01:35 || The sky starts to change |
| Man || || || And the wind starts to blow |
| Man belt || 9 || 01:35-01:48 || And oh you're suddenly a stranger |
| Man belt || || || There's no explaining where you stand |
| Man belt || 10 || 01:48-01:57 || And you didn't know That you sometimes have to go |
| Man || || || ‘Round an unexpected bend |
| Man || 11 || 01:58-02:05 || And the road will end, |
| Man overlap || || || In a new world |
| Woman || 12 || 02:03-02:08 || A new world calls for me to follow |
| Woman belt || 13 || 02:08-02:16 || A new world waits for my reply |
| Woman || 14 || 02:16-02:21 || A new world holds me to a promise |
| Woman belt || 15 || 02:21-02:29 || Standing by, standing by! |
| Woman || 16 || 02:29-02:35 || Its about one moment |
| Woman || || || That moment you think you know where you stand |
| Woman || 17 || 02:35-02:42 || And in that one moment, |
| Woman || || || The things that you're sure of slip from your hand |
| Woman || 18 || 02:42:02:49 || And you've got one second |
| Woman || || || To try to be clear, to try to stand tall |
| Woman || 19 || 02:49-02:57 || But nothing's the same |
| Woman belt || || || And the wind starts to blow |
| Woman belt || 20 || 02:58-3:10 || And oh you're suddenly a stranger |
| Woman belt || || || In some completely different land |
| Woman belt || 21 || 3:10-3:19 || And you thought you knew |
| Woman belt || || || But you didn't have a clue |
| Woman || || || That the surface sometimes cracks |
| Woman || 22 || 3:20-3:25 || To reveal the tracks |
| Woman belt || || || To a new world |
| Man belt || 23 || 3:25-3:27 || You have a house in the hills |
| Woman belt || 24 || 3:26-3:28 || You have a job on the coast |
| Man belt || 25 || 3:28-3:31 || You find a lover you're sure you believe in |
| Man belt || 26 || 3:31-3:33 || You've got a pool in the back |
| Woman belt || 27 || 3:33-3:35 || You get to the part of your life |
| Man belt || 28 || 3:35-3:38 || You hold the ring in your hand : |
| Man belt || 29 || 3:38-3:40 || But then the earthquake hits |
| Woman belt || 30 || 3:40-3:42 || And the bank closes in |
| Man belt || 31 || 3:42-3:44 || Then you realize you didn't know anything |
| Man belt || 32 || 3:45-3:52 || Nobody told you the best way to steer |
| Harmony || || || When the wind starts to blow (harmony)? |
We're still working out how to do the harmonies in the final section - suggestions are welcome.
For those who aren't familiar with the song, here are a few examples:
Sheet Music and CD
You're not required to buy anything to participate. However, if you'd like to purchase Jason's sheet music, CD or MP3 download for the song, here are some options.
These are all legit outlets that pay Jason appropriate royalties:
- Sheet music for The New World - $3.99 at SheetMusicDirect - 18 pages
- MP3 download of the single song, "The New World" (link on right)
- 1996 original cast recording, Songs For a New World (link on right). Follow link for the option to purchase an MP3 download of the show as well.
- Sheet music folio for ten songs from Songs For a New World (link on right)